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KCKCC knocks JCCC out of title, to be home for playoff opener Friday

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will open Region VI baseball playoff action at home.

That was assured Friday when the Blue Devils (24-12) finished taking three out of four games from Johnson County, a series that knocked JCCC (26-10) out of the Jayhawk Conference championship as Cowley (26-8) moved past into first.

Against whom and when the Blue Devils will open playoff action is yet to be determined. Neosho County (22-12) and Labette (11-13) have two games remaining and should Neosho sweep, the Panthers would move past KCKCC into third place. If the Blue Devils finish fourth, they would host Garden City (18-14) Friday in the first game of a best-of-three series. If KCKCC finishes third, Cloud County (11-19) will likely be the opening round foe.

“Hopefully this break will give (shortstop) Albert Woodard a chance to get over a leg injury and give the guys some rest,” KCKCC coach Matt Goldbeck said. Woodard, who is hitting .368 in the leadoff spot, played in only the opener of the four-game JCCC series.

The Blue Devils trailed only briefly in sweeping Johnson County 10-4 and 8-4 on Thursday to assure a playoff berth. With threatening weather Saturday, the final two games of the series at JCCC were wisely moved up to Friday, the Cavaliers taking a 4-3 8-inning win in the opener before KCKCC won the nightcap 4-2.

Back-to-back home runs by Josh Schumacher and Woodard and three runs-batted-in apiece helped KCKCC surge to an 8-0 lead against JCCC in Thursday’s 10-4 opening win. The Blue Devils pounded out 14 hits including three by Woodard and two each by Alex Phillips, Easton Fortuna, Brandon Green and Drew Holtgrieve.

Jake Purl took it from there, striking out eight and walking none for his seventh win of the season. Three of JCCC’s late-inning runs came on home runs from Jake Karst and Troy Darling.

After taking a 1-0 lead without a hit in the first inning, Schumacher hit a 2-run home run to center and Woodard followed with a round-tripper to left-center for a 4-0 lead in the second.

The Blue Devils then put the game out of reach with a 4-run third. After an error, walk and Rorey Combs’ single loaded the bases, Schumacher scored one run with a ground ball, Woodard doubled in two more and Tyler Pittman tripled in the fourth. KCKCC’s final two runs came on RBI singles by Fortuna in the fourth and fifth innings.

Two-run rallies in the seventh and eighth innings sealed the 8-4 win in the second game. Leading 4-3 in the seventh, singles by Pittman and Green, a Chase Redick sacrifice fly and an error made it 6-3 and a 2-run triple by Phillips following singles by Holtgrieve and Schumacher in the eighth closed out the scoring.

JCCC took its only lead 1-0 in the second but the Blue Devils quickly went ahead 2-1in the bottom of the inning on a single by Fortuna, a double by Holtgrieve and a single by Schumacher and then made it 4-1 in the third on an error and consecutive singles by Green, Fortuna and Combs.

Chad Cox (4-3) got the win, scattering 10 hits, striking out five and walking four before Julian Rivera got the last four outs. Schumacher‘s three hits and two each by Green and Fortuna paced a 13-hit KCKCC attack.

JCCC’s lone win came in Friday’s opener on a walk-off home run by Brandt Ollinger in the bottom of the eighth after Shea Stephens had blanked the Cavaliers for 6 1/3 innings. The first three JCCC runs were scored in the first, two of which were unearned after a passed ball on a third strike. Until the walk-off homer, Stephens allowed only three hits and four base-runners after the first.

The Blue Devils, meanwhile, could not make the most of their scoring opportunities, leaving runners on second or third in five of the eight innings including the sixth, seventh and eighth frames. KCKCC took a 1-0 lead in the first on a walk, Phillips’ single and Redick’s RBI ground ball; scored a second run in the third on singles by Combs, Pittman and a double by Redick; and the third in the fourth on a triple by Fortuna and ground ball by Schumacher.

However, the Blue Devils rebounded in the second game behind the combined one-hit pitching of Corey Cowan and Julian Rivera. Cowan (5-0) had a no-hitter going into the fifth only to walk three before the Cavaliers’ lone hit, a single by Maurice Bruce. After Cowan’s fourth walk of the inning, Rivera ended the 2-run scoring outburst with a strikeout and then closed out the win despite hitting two batters for his sixth save of the season.

Alex Phillips provided all the runs the Blue Devils would need in the first inning, blasting his 10th home run of the season, a 3-run shot following a walk and a Pittman single to start the game. Redick followed with a single and eventually scored on Fortuna’s squeeze bunt. The Blue Devils managed only three hits the rest of the way including a double by Fortuna and Redick’s second hit.

Real Salt Lake visits Sporting KC tonight in KCK

A fierce Western Conference rivalry resumes Saturday when Sporting Kansas City (3-1-3, 12 points) will be host to Real Salt Lake (2-4-2, 8 points) at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with three hours of live television coverage beginning at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City Plus.

Tickets for Saturday’s showdown are available at SeatGeek.com , and the first 10,000 fans through the gates at Children’s Mercy Park will receive a free Sporting KC koozie (a beverage can insulator) courtesy of match sponsor Park University. Supporters are encouraged to stay in their seats after the match for a Special Olympics Unified Soccer exchange game between athletes from Special Olympics Kansas City and Special Olympics Utah.

Both teams enter the matchup riding favorable albeit dissimilar unbeaten streaks. Sporting Kansas City is one result shy of setting a new club record for the longest home unbeaten streak in regular season club history. Manager Peter Vermes’ men are 9-0-3 over their last 12 MLS matches at Children’s Mercy Park, posting six shutouts during the stretch while outscoring opponents 26-10.

Real Salt Lake, meanwhile, hasn’t lost to Sporting KC in seven straight regular season meetings, collecting four wins and three draws ever since suffering defeat in the epic 2013 MLS Cup final at Children’s Mercy Park. The Claret and Cobalt own two wins and two draws in each of their last four regular season visits to Kansas City, including a pair of victories last season. Sporting KC’s seven-game drought in the series is their longest active winless skid against any MLS opponent.

Sporting Kansas City took its first loss of 2017 last Saturday, succumbing to Maynor Figueroa’s late header in a 1-0 setback at FC Dallas. Tim Melia produced five saves to continue his excellent campaign, as the goalkeeper leads MLS with four shutouts while ranking second in both goals against average (0.43) and save percentage (82.1). Indeed, no team has allowed fewer goals this season than Sporting KC’s three – all conceded after the 76th minute.

After laboring to an 0-3-2 start and parting ways with manager Jeff Cassar, Real Salt Lake has won two of its last three under new head coach Mike Petke. A 3-1 home loss to Atlanta United FC last weekend saw RSL go two goals behind before Designated Player Albert Rusnak halved the deficit in the 69th minute. A late bid for an equalizer fell short as Atlanta added a late third on the counter attack.

Real Salt Lake previously snapped an eight-game road winless spell with a 2-1 victory over Rocky Mountain rival Colorado Rapids on April 15. Former Kansas City striker Yura Movsisyan bagged his team-leading fourth goal of the year in the 85th minute before 19-year-old Brooks Lennon – on loan from English Premier League side Liverpool – completed the comeback with his first career MLS goal in the 88th minute. RSL notably has just one clean sheet in its last 35 regular season away games, going 8-24-3 over that period.

Injured striker Diego Rubio (ACL) remains the only absentee for Sporting KC, but Real Salt Lake’s injury list includes a whopping 10 players who could be sidelined on Saturday. Defender David Horst and forward Chad Barrett are certain to miss with knee injuries, while Justen Glad (knee), Tony Beltran (back), Aaron Maund (hamstring), Jordan Allen (quad) and veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando (hamstring) are all questionable. Joao Plata (quad), Stephen Sunday (hamstring) and Chris Wingert (face) are listed as probable.

Although it has been raining today, the game is still on, according to the Sporting KC Twitter page. Visit the Sporting KC website at http://www.sportingkc.com/ for any updates on the game.

– Story from Sporting KC

Piper results

Piper High School – girls soccer at Louisburg
– V lost 0-4
– JV lost 0-3

Piper High School– boys golf at Atchison
Bonner Springs was fifth for team scores; Piper was 12th.
From Piper:
Jacob Gosserand, 104
Patrick Gosserand, 106
Chase Glese, 110
Mike King, 114
Aaron Maskil, 126
From Bonner Springs at Atchison golf tournament:
Michael Williams, 84
Chris Dolinar, 87
Zane Deleon, 95,
Josh Williams, 97
Andrew VanWinkle, 99
Logan Clouse, 102

Piper softball at Baldwin
Games have been canceled today. Make-up dates may be announced later.

– Information from Doug Key, Piper High School activities director