Published in the Iola Register on Apr. 1, 2013.

T-Birds fall in extra innings

Leaving 17 baserunners stranded, the Cloud County Thunderbirds suffered a 3-2 loss in 11 innings to Dodge City in the second game of  Jayhawk Conference doubleheader Sunday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Cloud County pounded out 15 hits in the game, but left two baserunners aboard in eight of the 11 innings.
Dodge City, with the win, completed a four game sweep of the T-Birds.
The Conquistadors slipped past Cloud County 5-4 in the first game on Sunday.
Dodge City defeated the T-Birds 9-5 and 5-1 on Friday.
The Conquistadors, 25-13 overall, lead the Jayhawk West at 14-6.
Cloud County falls to 14-18 overall and 5-11 in the Conference.
Dodge City grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning in game two on Sunday.
The T-Birds stranded two baserunners in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings.
A run in the top of the fifth inning gave Dodge City a 2-0 lead.
Cloud County tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Chase Reibenspies led off with a single and scored on a base hit by Tanner Palmore.
Palmore scored the second run.
Neither team would score until an unearned run in the top of the 11th inning gave Dodge City a 3-2 advantage.
Jackson Cain walked to lead off the bottom of the 11th.
Reibenspies singled with two out, and Cloud County had runners at first and third.
A pop fly ended the game.
Trevor Rinne pitched 10 and two-thirds innings in taking the loss. He gave up three runs, two earned, on 13 hits, struck out one and didn’t walk any.
Aaric Woodyard worked a third of an inning. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Reibenspies and JD Peterson had three hits each for Cloud County.
In the first game on Sunday, the T-Birds got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Austin White walked and Peterson singled.
Consecutive Dodge City errors got one run home.
Roger Diaz singled with one out to drive in Peterson.
Reibenspies followed with a two-run single.
Cloud County had just one hit over the final six innings.
Five runs on four hits and three walks put Dodge City on top to stay, 5-4.
The T-Birds left baserunners stranded at second and third in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Steven Federau gave up five runs on two hits, struck out one and walked three in an inning and a third in taking the loss.
Zachary Larkin pitched five and two-thirds scoreless innings. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked four.
In the first game on Friday, Dodge City scored five runs in the top of the first inning.
White tripled and scored on a ground ball by Palmore in the bottom of the first.
The T-Birds then made it 5-3 with two runs in the second.
Skye O’Neil and Reibenspies each singled and scored.
Peterson drove in a run with a base hit.
Two runs in the fourth inning put the Conquistadors up 7-3.
Cloud County closed the gap to 7-5 with two runs in the fifth.
Jordan Brown led off with a triple and White walked.
Singles by Cain and Jesse Rall got the runs home.
Dodge City added two runs in the seventh inning.
Caleb Blumer allowed seven runs on seven hits in three innings. He struck four and walked four.
Brendan Hardaway pitched three and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs on two hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Woodyard struck out the one batter he faced.
O’Neil and Brown had two hits each for Cloud County.
The T-Birds were limited to one run on four hits in the 5-1 loss in the second game.
Trailing 1-0, Cloud County scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning.
White walked and Cain doubled to drive him in.
The game was still deadlocked at 1-1 when Dodge City put up four runs on three hits, two errors and a walk in the top of the eighth inning.
Cloud County was shut out over the final eight innings.
Zach DeMars went seven and a third innings in taking the loss. He gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits, struck out two and walked five.
Taylor Keller allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits.
Woodyard pitched an inning and two-thirds and gave up one hit. He struck out three and walked one.