Scoring 33 runs its first two games at the Region VI Tournament in Wichita, the Cowley College baseball team had its bats silenced in a 7-1 loss to Kansas City late Sunday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Tigers will return to action tonight at 7 p.m. when they play the winner of the Johnson County vs. Garden City contest that will be played at 4 p.m. The winner of the game at 7 p.m. will advance to Tuesday night's championship to face Kansas City. The first game would be played at 5 p.m. Tuesday and, if necessary, a second game would be played at 8 p.m.
Cowley opened the tournament with a 16-5 run-rule win over Butler Community College on Friday night and then came back to defeat No. 18-ranked Hutchinson by a score of 17-8 in a game that started at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Kansas City sophomore EJ Merlo kept the Tiger bats in check as he allowed seven hits and one run over seven innings pitched. The right-hander struck out seven and walked four.
Tiger sophomore Austin Sanders (3-4) took the loss as he allowed five hits and five runs, three of which were earned, in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Cameron Paley allowed two runs in 2/1 innings pitched and Brennan Rollin finished the game with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Sophomores Justin Burba and Zack Mills each went 2-for-4 with a double in the defeat.
Third baseman Daniel LaMunyon led Kansas City at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
On Friday, sophomore Seth Holman (9-2) took a shutout into the sixth inning and the Tigers had six players with multiple hits as they blasted Butler. Freshman Butch Rea led the hit parade by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Burba and Ryan McBroom each added three hits and combined to score five runs.
With Saturday night's game vs. Hutchinson forced to move to Sunday morning due to rain, the Tigers raced out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play. However, Hutchinson rallied to score one run off Parker Rigler in the third inning and six more in the fourth as they surged ahead 7-5.
Cowley responded by scoring six runs in the top of the eighth inning. Three Hutchinson pitchers combined to walk five batters in the inning, while Bobby Bassler and Butch Rea had two-run singles in the inning.
Bennett Oliver's solo homerun off Tiger reliever Ryan Jenkins in the bottom of the eighth inning cut the Tigers' lead to 11-8, but Cowley answered back with a second straight six run inning as they pulled away for the 17-8 win.
Following Rigler and Storm Rynard on the mound, freshman Maverick Macy (2-1) pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Tyler Day relieved Jenkins with a runner on first and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth and ended up pitching two scoreless innings to record his seventh save of the season.
Rea went 4-for-6 with three three RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Sophomore shortstop Kris Molter drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning with a double and finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Zach Wilson allowed only one earned runs in seven innings for the Blue Dragons, but five Hutchinson relievers allowed eight hits, six walks and 12 runs over the final two innings.
Hutchinson also committed seven errors in the defeat and were later eliminated from the tournament with a 14-8 loss to No. 15-ranked Johnson County.
Game one R H E Butler 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 - 5 8 6 Cowley 0 0 1 5 4 6 x - 16 15 0
Game two R H E Cowley 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 - 17 14 2 Hutch 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 - 8 13 7
Game three R H E Kansas City 1 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 - 7 9 0 Cowley 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 9 3
Former Tiger baseball player named MIAA Player of the Year
Phillip WilsonPhillip Wilson, who played baseball at Cowley College during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, was recently named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Player of the Year as a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Wilson led the conference in hitting and is batting .453 on the season. He also leads the league with 82 hits, 56 runs scored and 137 total bases to go with 14 doubles and 13 home runs. He is riding a 14-game hitting streak.
He was named a First-Team All-Conference selection at shortstop and was also named to the all-conference third team as a relief pitcher as he is 3-2 with eight saves and a 2.40 earned run average.
At Cowley, Wilson went 6-3 with a 4.09 earned run average as a freshman and 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 29 innings as a sophomore. He also batted .360 as a freshman and .333 as a sophomore. He transferred to Oklahoma State University and sat out the 2012 season due to injury, then went 1-1 with one start for the Cowboys last spring.
"He has worked hard to get where he is at," Cowley head coach Dave Burroughs said. "This couldn't happen to a nicer kid."