The Cowley College baseball team got back to its winning ways with a 9-6 win over No. 8-ranked Hutchinson Tuesday in Arkansas City.
After getting swept in a four-game series against Kansas City last week, the Tigers fell behind 4-1 after the first four innings of Tuesday's game before rallying.
Hutchinson pitcher Austin Harms lost his control in the bottom of the fifth as he walked three batters and threw three wild pitchers in the inning. The Tigers would score four runs on just two hits in the fifth inning as they grabbed a 5-4 lead.
Hutchinson scored a pair of runs off Tiger reliever Storm Rynard in the top of the seventh inning to go back on top 6-5, but the lead would be short-lived as freshman catcher Chad Reibenspies hit a two-run triple to score Matt Elliot and Dillon White with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reibenspies went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and was just a homer shy of hitting for the cycle, A.J. Shaw and Butch Rea had run scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth inning as Cowley went on to the 9-6 win. The Tigers improve to 19-7 overall, while the Blue Dragons fall to 21-6.
Justin Burba went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases, while A.J. Shaw and Butch Rea also stole three bases apiece. Cowley stole a whopping 10 bases in the victory.
"Our guys were a lot more aggressive on the base paths, which made them uncomfortable," Cowley assistant coach Darren Burroughs said.
Bobby Moretti Jr. took the loss for Hutchinson as he allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Ryan Jenkins (1-1) earned the win for the Tigers as he came on to record the final out of the sixth inning before pitching a scoreless seventh. Jenkins struck out three batters in 1 1/3 innings.
Tyler Day notched the save by striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning.
Cowley will now turn its attention to an important four-game series vs. No. 9-ranked Johnson County. The Tigers will play a doubleheader against the Cavaliers Thursday at 2 p.m. in Overland Park before playing the final two games of the series in Arkansas City Saturday at 2 p.m.
Johnson County is 23-5 overall and 14-2 in the Jayhawk East.
"We look forward to the challenge," Burroughs said. "We hope to meet it head on and come out on top."
Score by inning: R H E Hutchinson 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 6 8 2 Cowley 0 0 1 0 4 0 2 2 x - 9 11 2