The Cowley College baseball team got a game-winning hit from sophomore Kris Molter in an extra inning win over Dodge City in Saturday's opening game and then got a complete game 10-2 victory from Seth Holman in the second game as the Tigers defeated the Conquistadors in the sub-regional played in Arkansas City.
"The players answered the bell in situations we needed them to," Cowley assistant coach Darren Burroughs said. "The entire team contributed to the wins in different ways."
Cowley (36-15) advances to face Butler (36-21) at 4 p.m. Friday at Wichita's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Tigers rallied from an early 3-0 deficit in Saturday's first game to lead 7-5 heading to the top of the ninth inning. With one out and a runner at second, Jordan Doan hit a two-run homer off Tiger reliever Tyler Day to tie the game at 7-7.
Maverick Macy came on to record the final two outs of the inning and then left with the game tied and a runner at third base and out in the top of the 10th inning. Storm Rynard relieved Macy on the mound and struck out Jerry Lacayo and Spencer Bedwell to keep the game tied.
"I can't say enough about what Storm did," Burroughs said.
One batter after Tiger sophomore A.J. Shaw was thrown out at home plate on a great play by Dodge City shortstop Haden Houska in the bottom of the 10th inning, Molter came through with a single to leftfield to score Bryce Whitchurch with the winning run.
Molter and sophomore Zach Mills each went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Shaw went 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot.
"Your sophomores have to lead the way because this is the first time the freshmen have ever been in this situation," Burroughs said.
Parker Rigler started on the mound for Cowley and got a no decision as he allowed six hits and three runs in four innings pitched. Sophomore Ryan Jenkins followed Rigler on the mound and allowed only two hits and one run in three innings of work.
Game two was all about Holman as he struck out 11 and allowed only three hits, while going the distance on the mound. Holman is now 8-2 on the season.
Leading 4-2, Cowley pulled away by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers took advantage of six Conquistador errors in the 10-2 win.
Sophomore third baseman Ryan McBroom had a big game at the plate as he had a two-run double in the third inning and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Freshman second baseman Matt Elliot and Shaw each added two hits apiece and scored three times.
The Tigers will now turn their attention to facing Butler on Friday. The teams' split a pair of games in the regular season with Cowley winning 9-4 in Arkansas City on April 1, and the Grizzlies winning by a score of 5-4 April 22 in El Dorado.
"They're good. It will be a battle," Burroughs said. "It will come down to who pitches well, plays defense, and gets timely hitting."
Score by inning: Game one R H E Dodge City 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 - 7 14 3 Cowley 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 - 8 15 1
Game two R H E Dodge City 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 3 6 Cowley 1 0 2 1 0 5 0 1 x - 10 12 0