Red Devils gain splits in doubleheaders



April 5, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Allen County Community College’s Red Devils broke a four-game losing skid Thursday with a 12-7 win over host Fort Scott Community College.
The Red Devils came away with a split of the Jayhawk Eastern Division doubleheader after losing 2-1 in the opener.
At home Saturday, the Red Devils rallied for an 8-5 victory over visiting Coffeyville Community College’s Red Ravens. But another rally in the second game fell short as they lost 10-7 in the nine-inning contest.
Allen County hasn’t been able to pick up any ground in the Jayhawk East race. The Red Devils are 12-12 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
Allen County goes to Cowley County Tuesday.
One factor in the play for ACCC is pitching. The Red Devils have had trouble pitching ahead of batters and protecting leads.
David Ormiston and the Red Devils fell behind 3-0 Saturday against Coffeyville. The ACCC offense came up with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to get on top 4-3.
Ormiston pitched 5 2/3 innings but left after giving up the tying run. He was charged with four runs on seven hits and one walk. Ormiston struck out 10 batters.
Ben Pearson, who got the win in relief, got Allen County out of the fifth without further damage.
The Red Devils responded by producing four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Marcus Peavler and Connor McCrite had back-to-back two-run singles.
Aaron Burke pitched the seventh inning, allowing one run on two hits and struck out two.
Peavler ended up with two singles in the game. Brayden Brumley singled and doubled and Bryce Williams doubled.
Hitting a single each were McCrite, Curtis Bunch, Ryan Fike, Brad Alberts, Michael Samuel and Bretton Ater.
Seven pitchers threw for Allen County in the second game. The Red Devil pitchers issued 11 walks and recorded nine strikeouts.
Mark Thompson started and went 3 1/3 innings. Dylan Bowman, Bryan Couch, Pearson, John Michael Moore, Devin Hess and Burke all followed through the nine-inning contest.
Coffeyville had 10 runs on 11 hits. Two of those hits were home runs by Danny Marcuzzo. Marcuzzo had a two-run home run in the first and a solo shot in the sixth.
The Red Ravens held a 7-0 lead after three innings. Samuel put the Red Devils on the scoreboard in the fourth with a solo home run.
Allen County scored two runs in the fifth but never could catch up.
Samuel also had a single in the game. Alberts and Williams each had a single and a double. Fike and Miles Sanderson each hit a double. Brumley had two singles. Peavler and Ater had a single apiece.
Last Thursday at Fort Scott, Allen County dropped its fourth straight game when the Greyhounds won 2-1 in the opening contest.
Allen County produced a run in the third but Fort Scott did the same in the fourth. The Greyhounds used a hit batter and an intentional walk to put the winning run in place and a single brought it home.
Brumley was 4-for-4 at the plate for ACCC with three singles and a double. Schell, Williams and Samuels had a single apiece.
Matt Stalcup, Couch and Burke pitched for ACCC. They allowed eight walks and there were four hit batters.
Allen County scored three runs in the third of the second game. The Red Devils were about to stay in front of the Greyhounds.
It was 3-2 when the Red Devils pushed across two more runs in the seventh. They came up with four runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to win 12-7.
Allen County used five pitchers in the game starting with Kyle Grana. Cody Wren got the win in relief. Pearson, Moore and Burke each took a turn on the mound.
Brumley was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double and drove in three runs. McCrite had three base hits and Schell had a double and a single.
Peavler, Williams and Ater each had two singles. Fike, Bunch and Wyatt Hall had a single apiece.

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