T-Bones split doubleheader, win series

by Sophie Darting

After the second game of the series between the Kansas City T-Bones and the Cleburne Railroaders was postponed during the middle of the third inning last night owing to rain, it was picked up this afternoon at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas The T-Bones’ bullpen labored through the completion of the game, giving up nine runs while the offense was quiet in a 12-2 loss to the Railroaders.

Before the rain interfered with the game, Cleburne (16-19) claimed a 2-0 lead with one run in the second inning off of a John Nester sacrifice fly scored Daniel Robertson and another run in the third frame when Robertson singled in K.C. Huth.

Both teams showed some offense in the fourth inning, after the game resumed, with the Railroaders scoring a run off of an RBI-single by K.C. Huth scored Nester and the T-Bones (16-17), using a trio of singles by Chris Colabello, Casey Gillaspie and Forrestt Allday to score their first run of the contest, but still trailing 3-1.

The top of the fifth inning is what doomed the T-Bones, with the bullpen struggling and allowing Cleburne to put up a five-spot.

The Railroaders’ offense was on the attack, scoring five runs behind singles by Zach Nehrir, Robertson, and Buck, a walk by Hunter Clanin, and a pair of players hit by a pitch in Logan Trowbridge and Huth. Nick Rotola capped off the inning with a two-run single to make it 8-1 in Cleburne’s advantage.

Kansas City got a run back after an RBI-groundout by Dylan Tice scored Mason Davis, who reached base with a single, to make it an 8-2 ballgame.

Clanin padded the Railroaders’ lead with a two-out, three-run bomb that scored Nester and Chase Simpson in the top of the sixth inning, forcing the T-Bones to trail by nine runs 11-2. Cleburne added another run in the top of the ninth.

The nine-run deficit proved to be too daunting for the T-Bones to overcome, and they did not score another run, falling to the Railroaders. Kenny Koplove (0-1) was credited the loss for Kansas City and Braden Pearson (3-1) got the win for Cleburne.

T-Bones win game two, 8-2

by Gabby Albertson

The Kansas City T-Bones had game three of the doubleheader in the bag since the start of the game. After a loss in game two, they were determined to beat the Cleburne Railroaders, and that’s exactly what they did. The T-Bones won the series with a final score of 8-2.

Kansas City made it on the board first with a back-to-back home run by Danny Mars and Dylan Tice. Then, Roy Morales hit a single and advanced Christopher Colabello to home. Casey Gillaspie came home on a single hit by Mason Davis, making the score 4-0 in the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the second, Gillaspie hit a two-run home run allowing Tice to score for the T-Bones, making the score 6-0.

The Railroaders finally made it on the board, 6-2, in the top of the third. A double by Chase Simpson advanced K.C. Huth to home. Daniel Robertson later hit a double, scoring Simpson.

Soon after, Ramsey Romano hit a double, allowing Forrestt Allday to score to further Kansas City’s lead, 7-2, in the bottom of the third. The T-Bones went ahead 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Gillaspie hit a single sending Tice home.

The winning pitcher for the Kansas City T-Bones was Henry Owens (1-0) and the losing pitcher for the Cleburne Railroaders was Charlie Gillies (1-4).

The Kansas City T-Bones will play their next series at 7:05 p.m. Monday, June 24, with the Chicago Dogs at Impact Field in Chicago. The game can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network at http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

The next home game will be at 7:05 p.m. July 2 at T-Bones Stadium against the Sioux Falls Canaries.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages as well as mini plans are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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