After coming off of a great 4-0 weekend against two solid Kansas teams, the Chaps went head-to-head with Region V rivals, and nationally ranked, Weatherford College.
Energy levels were soaring as the team took the field Friday evening for the series opening, nine-inning matchup. Levi Westerlund took the mound for the Chaps, and with the exception of two, one-run innings, was dominate through 7.1 innings. In the 8th, with men in scoring position and the score tied at 2-2, Monty McCasland came into the game for a left-on-left matchup and came up with a huge strikeout to kill some Weatherford momentum. This gave way for Hunter Flake to come in and force a quick pop-fly to end the inning and let the Chaps get back to the plate.
So far in the season, the Chaps have proven that late-inning dramatics and crooked numbers is going to the be trend for the season, and they continued to show this by putting up four more runs in the bottom of the 8th. Blair Beck, Hunter McFall and Tyler Barlow all had great at-bats that helped put the Chaps on top.
With the score now at 6-2, Flake took the mound to close the game out. After giving up two quick hits and a run, Flake never lost focus, and proceeded to SHUT THEM DOWN!
Chaps win, 6-3!
Some days just don’t start out as well as others, but you have to find a way to battle through whatever problems you are having, as did the Chaps on Saturday afternoon.
The Chaps started the game off by giving up three errors in the first, allowing Weatherford to put two runs on the board. The Chaps answered back by putting up one run. The next inning, Weatherford tacked on three more runs, and shut the Chaps down in the bottom of the 2nd. From that point on, it was no longer a baseball game, but a tug-o-war match on the scoreboard. Here’s the run down: 3rd: them 2, us 3. 4th, them 2, us 4. 5th, them 2, us 2.
Up to this point in the game, the Chaps had seen two pitchers. Jayden O’Dell had started the game and went 2.2 innings. His relief, Garhett Avery, went 1.2 innings. Colter Bostick came in relief of Avery and after getting out of an already blemished 5th inning, went on to throw the only two shutout innings for the Chaps in the game.
With the score going into the 6th at 10-11 in Weatherford’s favor, the Chaps had multiple opportunities to tie and/or seal up a “W”, but were unable to capitalize. The only bright spot after a game like that is knowing that there is another game starting in 30 minutes.
Game 2 looked as if it may be off to the same start that game 1 had experienced as Weatherford put up two runs on the board in the first inning off of starting pitcher, Nick Salois. Salois settled in and put up a scoreless second inning, allowed only 1 run in the third and the Chaps started to show life at the plate by putting up their first run in the bottom of the the third.
After another scoreless inning by Salois in the fourth, the Chaps came in and put up two more runs, making it a 3-3 game. Weatherford broke through the tie game by putting up another 2 runs on the board, but this time, the Chaps decided to not only come back even with Weatherford, but put them in the dust. The inning started with a Matt Reyes double, followed by a Tyler Barlow double and highlighted with a Jeremie Fagnan homerun! This continued after Patrick Lopez was issued a walk and was brought in by a Blair Beck single to left. Beck scored on a Steve Withrow single and after Luke Slentz took a walk, Withrow scored on a single by Reyes.
Salois gave the Chaps one more inning of work before giving way to Jeremy Filipek who finished out the game. Weatherford only managed to bring in two more runs in the the game after the fifth, as the Chaps brought in four more runs. The Chaps earned a 13-7 victory, and a series win.
The Chaps will be playing a double-header against Ranger College on Wednesday and from then on, it is conference time for Midland College.