Thunderbirds upend KWU JV, 11-3
The top of the order combined to drive in nine runs and lead the Cloud County Community College baseball team to an 11-3 victory over the Kansas Wesleyan junior varsity in its home opener Wednesday afternoon at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Clayton Loranger had two hits, including a two-run home run, and drove in three runs for the Thunderbirds.
Jaden Parsons and Ed Scott drove in two runs each.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader, but it was changed to a single nine-inning game because of cold weather.
Kansas Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Loranger homered with Scott aboard in the bottom of the first to give Cloud County a 2-1 advantage.
A solo home run by S. Gosseman in the top of the second inning pulled the Coyotes even at 2-2.
Cloud County, now 3-0, put up two runs in the bottom of the second, and led 4-2.
The T-Birds loaded the bases, and Griffin Larsen scored on a ground ball by Parsons.
A fly ball by Scott got Davis Pratt home.
An unearned run in the top of the third inning left Kansas Wesleyan trailing 4-3.
Nelson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning.
Pratt singled to knock in Larsen and make it 6-3.
Cloud County would up the lead to 7-3 with a run in the sixth inning.
Two runs in the seventh gave the T-Birds a 9-3 cushion.
Jose Luna scored when Scott drew a bases loaded walk.
Loranger then walked to force Alex Rice home.
The T-Birds added two runs in the eighth inning.
Nick Pearson scored on a wild pitch.
Parsons walked with the bases loaded to get Luna home.
Cloud County used seven pitchers in the game.
Jarod Leroux started and gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits, struck out three and walked one.
Evan Wilde, Trey Asher, Jaiver Cruz, Haden Dow, Carl Aikman and Jared Stuewe pitched in relief.
Rice had three hits for the T-Birds.
Larsen and Luna scored two runs each.
The T-Birds will play in a tournament hosted by Central Oklahoma University on Saturday and Sunday.