T-Birds split with Butler
EL DORADO — Sophomore Jackson Cain collected five hits and drove in four runs to lead the Cloud County Community College baseball team to an 11-7 win over Butler Community College in the second game of a Jayhawk Conference Western Division doubleheader Thursday.
Cain hit a two-run home run in the first inning. He had run-producing singles in the second and ninth innings and scored four runs.
Cloud County, now 2-9 overall and 1-1 in the Jayhawk West dropped the first game to Butler, 5-3.
The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game two.
Butler pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first.
Austin White singled home Jordan Heatherington and scored on a base hit by Cain in the top of the second inning to put the T-Birds up 5-2.
The Grizzlies made it 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Cloud County extended the lead to 7-4 with two runs in the fourth inning.
The T-Birds loaded the bases on singles by Cain, Jesse Rall and Cal Zagurski.
Colton Kooser and Adam Bennett walked to force home runs.
Butler scored one run in the fifth inning, and trailed 7-5.
Rall singled home Cain and scored on a double by Kooser in the top of the sixth inning, and the T-Birds led 9-5.
Rall singled to drive in Cain in the seventh inning.
Cloud County made it an 11-5 game with a run in the top of the ninth inning.
White doubled and scored on a single by Cain.
Butler picked up two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Emilio Foden picked up the win for Cloud County. He allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits, struck out three and walked four in seven innings.
Quentin Miller worked two innings and gave up two unearned runs on one hit. He struck out two and walked one.
Rall had four hits in six at bats, drove in two runs and scored two.
Zagurski had three hits.
Kooser was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.
White had two hits and scored two runs.
In the first game, Cloud County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jared Zerr singled and scored on a base hit by Rall.
Butler put up four runs in the second inning and one in the third to go up 5-1.
Cain led off the top of the seventh inning with a home run.
With one out, Zagurski walked and Kooser singled.
Heatherington hit into a fielder's choice.
Oliver Hodges singled to drive in Zagurski.
Trevor Reid was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but a fly ball ended the game.
Rall pitched all six innings in taking the loss. He gave up five runs, three earned, on eight hits, struck out three and didn't walk any.
Cloud County scored three runs on five hits.
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