Blue Devils fourth despite losses to No. 12 Cowley

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

The schedule makers did Kansas City Kansas Community College baseball no favors this spring, scheduling the Blue Devils for eight straight games against the Jayhawk Conference’s two ranked powers.

Despite being swept by No. 12 ranked Cowley 11-6 and 4-0 Tuesday, the Blue Devils handed both Cowley and No. 6 Johnson County their first conference losses. The sweep improved Cowley’s road record to 12-1 and 21-4 overall

At 5-7 in Jayhawk play and 10-10 overall, the Blue Devils still remain fourth behind JCCC (11-1), Cowley (12-2) and Allen County (4-2) heading into non-conference games at Cloud County Friday (2 and 4:30 p.m.) and at Maple Woods Tuesday (3 p.m.). A previously scheduled doubleheader with Labette Monday has been canceled.

Cowley took a 4-0 lead on four hits in Tuesday’s opener only to have the Blue Devils bounce back in the bottom of the first with a 3-run home run by Caleb Adams. However, Cowley relievers retired 15 of the next 17 Blue Devils in building a 9-3 lead. The Blue Devils scored their final three runs in the sixth on singles by Brendyn Bard, Palmer Hutchinson and Ivan Ortiz and a run-scoring triple by Beau Grable.

KCKCC managed only two hits – singles by Ray Paniagua and Ortiz – in the 4-0 nightcap loss. Racer Felter struck out six and walked three in the route-going 7-inning performance. Gabriel Ramos (0-2) took the loss, allowing all four runs on six hits in two innings. Eli Tormes scattered five hits in three scoreless innings; Hunter Cashero gave up no hits in two innings.

No. 9 team visits KCKCC on Tuesday

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

The road doesn’t get any easier for Kansas City Kansas Community College baseball. After dropping a doubleheader to No. 5 Johnson County Saturday, the Blue Devils play host to No. 9 Cowley County in a doubleheader Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.

Johnson County (27-1) broke open a close game in the late innings for a 7-4 first game win and then needed just seven innings for a 15-4 nightcap win Saturday. The wins kept JCCC (11-1) a game ahead of Cowley (10-2) for the Jayhawk Conference lead.

Fourth in the Jayhawk at 5-5 and 10-8 overall, the Blue Devils are at Cloud County for a non-conference doubleheader Thursday before resuming Jayhawk play against Highland next week.

KCKCC trailed 3-2 in the sixth inning of the opener only to have the Cavaliers go long ball. Jackson Galloway doubled, Brevon Lee tripled and Nate Stevens homered for a 6-2 lead. The Blue Devils got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Jaylon Johnson, Cole Silbowski and Cole Dawson and a Raymond Paniagua sacrifice fly.

Jay Long (4-0) got the pitching win, allowing four hits and an earned run in 4.1 innings while Sebastian Velez (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits. Dawson and Paniagua each had two hits for the Blue Devils, who had nine hits but left 11 runners stranded.

JCCC scored six runs in the second inning and five in the seventh to close out the 15-4 nightcap win.

The Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead on a Quinton Hall home run in the first inning but the Blue Devils went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. A double by Silbowski, single by Dawson scored one run; Caleb Adams singled in another and Brendyn Bard’s sacrifice fly put the Blue Devils in front.

The Cavaliers regained the lead with a 5-hit, 6-run sixth inning highlighted by Wyatt Morgan’s go-ahead two-run homer and a two-run double by Noah Cook. The Cavaliers finished with 19 hits off three KCKCC pitchers.

Austin led with four hits including a two-run homer in the seventh. KCKCC was limited to nine singles including two each by Silbowski and Paniagua.

KCKCC deals Cowley first Jayhawk baseball setback

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

Kansas City Kansas Community College dealt No. 7-ranked Cowley College its first Jayhawk Conference defeat in 10 games Tuesday.

Limiting the Tigers to four hits, the Blue Devils took a 5-2 opening game win before dropping a 14-1 5-inning nightcap.

The two teams will complete their four-game series at KCKCC Tuesday, April 5. At Johnson County Thursday, the Blue Devils (4-2) next play host to the Cavaliers Saturday.

Lefthander Tre Simmons allowed four hits in six innings to run his record to 2-0. A freshman from Olathe West, Simmons struck out three and walked three. Sophomore Parker Weddle finished up, striking out two three hitters he faced.

Raymond Paniagua delivered the game’s biggest blow. Paniagua followed a one-out walk with a run-scoring triple and then scored on Caleb Adams’ ground ball for a 2-1 lead in the third. KCKCC broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth, scoring the go-ahead run on a double play after loading the bases without a hit and then added two insurance runs in the seventh, scoring both on wild pitches after a lead off singled by Camden Karlen.

Cowley (19-3) broke open the 11-1 nightcap by scoring seven runs on the second off starter Alan Mercado (0-2) and reliever Joseph Reyes.

KCKCC was limited to singles by Cole Dawson, Darius Freeman, Beau Grable and Paniagua. Cowley’s Racer Felter and Jerome Tylicki combined to strike out nine and walk two.