by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information
Chase Terrell and Gabriel Ramos accomplished a rare feat in Kansas City Kansas Community College history Monday – back-to-back shutout pitching performances.
A sophomore from Bonner Springs, Terrell gave up just four singles in a 6-0 opening game win over Labette. Ramos did him one better, allowing only three hits in a 2-0 nightcap win. Both games went seven innings. While no such records are kept, the last known Blue Devil double shutout was pitched 40 years ago by Joe Beggs, who pitched both games of 5-inning 10-0 wins over Labette.
The wins kept KCKCC (11-7) a game ahead of Coffeyville (10-8) in the race for third place in the Jayhawk Conference. At Neosho County in Chanute Thursday, the Blue Devils are home against the Panthers Saturday. Both doubleheaders start at 1 p.m.
Terrell allowed no runner past second base in the opener. He struck out 10, walked one and retired 12 of the last 14 Cardinals he faced. The four Blue Devils in the middle of the batting order each had two hits – Caleb Adams, Ray Paniauga, Brendyn Bard and Palmer Hutchinson.
Beau Grable delivered the big blow for the Blue Devils, lashing a two-run double following a single by Bard and double by Hutchinson for a 2-0 lead in the second. Caleb Brown’s sacrifice fly following hits by Paniagua, Bard and Hutchinson made it 3-0 in the third and the Blue Devils added two more runs one just one hit in the fifth, a single by Adams.
Ramos (2-2) allowed only two Cardinals to reach base the first six innings, striking out eight, walking none and hitting one. During one stretch, he retired 11 hitters in a row before Labette’s third hit and a hit batsman in the seventh.
The Blue Devils scored the only run they needed in the first. Cole Silbowski led off with a single and scored on Caleb Adams’ one out double. Silbowski also had two doubles to pace a 7-hit attack. The Blue Devils’ second run came in the third on a walk, hit batsman and Hutchinson’s two-out single.