With weather once again impacting the baseball schedule and an eight day gap between games, the Bobcats were ready to get back to work at Coach Bob Smith Field against the Falcons of Kansas Christian College. The four-game series had been moved to a Saturday/Sunday tilt since the area was covered with heavy rainfall on Friday.
C of O vs Kansas Christian College – Saturday, March 25 – Game 1
Rhett Hill took the mound for the Bobcats in game one and cruised through the first inning with three quick outs. A Chuck Hill walk, and a Ryan Daggs fielder’s choice set up a two-RBI double off the bat of Caleb Johnson and the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead to the second. The game became a pitcher’s duel and neither team could get the offense going. Hill held the Falcons hitless until the top of the fourth when a pair of singles brought in a run to cut the Bobcat lead in half, 2-1. The Bobcats added a run in the bottom of the fifth with a Falcon error, a pair of walks, and a wild pitch, but the bats remained quiet. The Falcons picked up a run in the sixth with a double and a single and the Bobcats were clinging to a 3-2 lead moving to the seventh. Ryan Daggs came on to pitch in relief and the Bobcats needed three outs to secure the win. Daggs took care of business and struck out the side to give the Bobcats the game one win, 3-2.
The Bobcat offense only produced a pair of hits with a single by Spencer Greene and the big two-RBI hit off the bat of Caleb Johnson.
C of O vs Kansas Christian College – Saturday, March 25 – Game 2
After holding on to win game one, the Bobcats sent Tyler Buchanan to the mound for game two. A Falcon single in the first was erased by a runner caught stealing, and the Bobcats could only manage a Ryan Daggs single in their half. Buchanan made quick work of the Falcons in the second and the Bobcats took the early lead in the bottom half with a Rhett Hill hit by pitch and a single by Seth Stamps. Chuck Hill was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Ryan Daggs picked up an RBI the hard way with another hit by pitch. The big hit was elusive, and the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead to the third. The Falcons wasted little time responding in the top of the third and scored two runs on a pair of hits to take a 2-1 lead. The Bobcats bounced back with a run in the bottom of the third with a Rhett Hill hit by pitch, a Seth Stamps walk, and a clutch RBI single off the bat of Titus Atkins. Buchanan pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth and the game moved to the bottom of the fourth knotted up 2-2. Neither team produced offense until a leadoff homerun gave the Falcons the lead in the top of the sixth. Devin McCullough came on in relief and shut down the Falcons to bring the Bobcats to the plate, trailing 3-2. The Bobcats countered in the bottom of the sixth with a Caden Kauffman hit by pitch, a Chuck Hill walk and a Ryan Daggs RBI double. Caleb Johnson followed with an RBI single, and Trey Riley drove in another run with a single of his own. The game moved to the top of the seventh and the Bobcat lead was 5-3. Ryan Daggs came on to pitch and threw a three-up three-down inning to give the Bobcats the win and earn his second save on the day.
Ryan Daggs (2B) and Trey Riley had two hits each to lead the offense and Spencer Greene, Seth Stamps, and Titus Atkins added one hit each.
C of O vs Kansas Christian College – Sunday, March 26 – Game 3
On a beautiful and sunny Sunday, the Bobcats sent Spencer Greene to the mound in search of their 21st win of the season. Kansas Christian was preparing to stop the Bobcats string and redeem themselves from the two close losses from the day before.
Greene set the Falcons down in order in the first and Ryan Daggs put the Bobcats on the board in the bottom half with a blast over the left field wall. The Falcons responded in the top of the second with a walk, a single, and an error and the Bobcats came to bat with the score knotted, 1-1. The bats were quiet on both sides until the bottom of the fourth when a Rhett Hill walk was followed by an RBI, pinch-hit single by Andrew Hert, and a single by Ty Rush. The game moved to the top of the fifth and the Bobcats held a 2-1 lead. Greene pitched around a pair of singles in the fifth before the Bobcats added another run in the bottom half. A one-out single by Ryan Daggs was backed up by a smash into the left centerfield gap for an RBI double by Spencer Greene. That was all the Bobcats could get and they took the 3-1 lead to the sixth. Greene took care of business in the top of the sixth and the wheels got shaky for the Falcons in the bottom of the inning. Titus Atkins led off with a single and a pair of errors set up a Ty Rush RBI. A ball that got by the catcher allowed another run to cross and the Bobcat lead was 5-1. Ryan Daggs singled to extend the inning, but the Bobcats couldn’t move him around. Greene went back to work, looking to finish off the complete game win. A quick three outs secured the win, and the Bobcats were one game away from the sweep.
Ryan Daggs led the offense with three hits including a homerun. Spencer Greene (2B), Titus Atkins, Andrew Hert, and Ty Rush each added a hit for the Bobcats.
C of O vs Kansas Christian College – Sunday, March 26 – Game 4
Brody Baumann went to the mound for the final game of the series and things got off to a rough start. A trio of singles combined with an error, and the Falcons took an early 3-0 lead. A Spencer Greene single in the first and a Titus Atkins single in the second would be all the Bobcat offense, but Bauman settled in and held down the Falcon offense as well. Aaron Fisher, Chuck Hill and Ryan Daggs singled to start the third and a run scored to get the Cats on the board. A walk to Greene loaded the bases and a wild pitch added another tally. Caleb Johnson walked to load the bases again, and an error kept the line moving. Ty Rush was hit by a pitch and Fisher, Hill, and Daggs walked. When the dust settled the Bobcats had scored seven runs and led 7-3. Baumann slammed the door shut on the Falcons in the fourth and the Bobcat hit parade started again in the bottom half. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Caleb Johnson, Trey Riley, and Titus Atkins started things off, and Logan Daniels and Ty Rush made it five straight singles. Three runs scored and the Falcons made a call to the bullpen. The pitching change did the trick, and the next three Bobcats were retired sending the game to the fifth inning with the Bobcats leading 10-3. Baumann cruised through two-outs in the sixth and gave way to Colin Pyatt. Pyatt got his man to end the inning and the Bobcats came back to the plate. Logan Daniels singled to start the inning and Aaron Fisher walked. Chuck Hill added to the lead with a two-RBI double and the Bobcats took a 12-3 lead to the seventh. Pyatt took care of the final three outs and the Bobcats took the game 12-3 to complete the series sweep.
Chuck Hill (2B), Spencer Greene, Titus Atkins, and Logan Daniels each had two hits in the win and Ryan Daggs, Caleb Johnson, Trey Riley, Ty Rush, and Aaron Fisher added one hit each.
The Bobcats hit the road next weekend for a series at Dallas Christian College.