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Thunderbirds split with Grizzlies, have season halted

The Cloud County Community College baseball season has been put on hold following a split of a Jayhawk Conference West Division doubleheader split with Butler Community College Thursday at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Cloud County dropped the first game of the doubleheader to the Grizzlies 6-3 and then pounded out an 11-1 victory in the second game.
The Jayhawk Conference then announced that all athletic contests scheduled through April 1 have been canceled because of growing concerns over the COVID-19 virus pandemic and will not be made up.
Cloud County, now 14-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play, fell behind Butler 2-0 in the top of the first inning in game one.
The Thunderbirds tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the first.
Griffin Larsen singled to drive in Noah Olson.
A wild pitch allowed Alex Rice to score.
Single runs in the third and fourth innings put the Grizzlies on top to stay, 4-2.
Cloud County closed the gap to 4-3 when Clayton Loranger singled to drive in Ty Nelson in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Butler extended the lead to 6-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
Josh Laukkanen pitched six innings in suffering the loss. He gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits, struck out eight and walked one.
Trey Asher allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two in one inning.
Loranger and Nelson had two hits each for the T-Birds.
Evan Wilde and Joseph Karall combined on a three-hitter and Nelson drove in three runs as Cloud County rolled to the 11-1 victory in game two.
Wilde gave up one run on three hits, struck out four and walked two in four innings to get the win.
Karall pitched three perfect innings. He struck out four.
Butler scored its only run of the game in the top of the first inning.
Cloud County tied the game with a run in the third inning.
Trevor Steven scored on a base hit by Olson.
The game was still tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Loranger walked with the bases loaded to force home a run.
A ground ball by Laukkanen drove in Jaden Parsons.
Rice scored on a fly ball by Nelson, and the T-Birds led 4-1.
Cloud County then put up seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Jose Luna scored the first run on an error.
Loranger singled to drive in Olson.
Nelson knocked in two runs with a double.
Scott scored on a single by Trevor Stevens.
A sacrifice fly by Luna got Nelson home with the final run.
Stevens and Parsons had two hits each.
Loranger drove in two runs.
The T-Birds will now have at least three weeks off as the conference assesses the situation.


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