In back-to-back baseball double headers the Abilene Cowboys’ baseball team hosted Marysville in a North Central Kansas League double header at Ted Power Field Tuesday night.
Nolan Berry took his 3-0 record to the hill for the Cowboys in game one. He allowed two Bulldog runs in his one inning of work.
The Bulldogs won game one 5-2.
“Nolan threw just one inning for us. His pitch count was high for the past couple of days and that is why I went with Chad Beetch in the second inning,” Coach Travis Bartley said.
Beetch pitched the remainder of the game for the Cowboys.
“Chad threw great and our defense played well behind him. Marysville took advantage of a couple of called balks and a costly error by us,” Bartley added.
Chase Stalder started the Cowboy scoring in the bottom of the first with a two-out walk. He advanced to second on a walk by Berry and scored on a Beetch single
The Bulldogs added two runs in the top of the third to make the score 4-1.
Third baseman Matt McClanahan walked to start the Cowboy third inning. He advanced to second on a sacrifice by Grant Prichard and scored on a Berry single to center.
Marysville scored their final run in the top of the sixth for the 5-2 victory.
In game two, sophomore Hunter Combes took the mound and went the distance for the Cowboys earning his first win of the season 4-3.
“After giving up two runs in the first, he settled in the rest of the way,” Bartley commented about Combes.
“Again our defense played well behind our pitcher in game two. Offensively we had trouble again getting anything going, but we kept battling and found a way to earn a split,” Bartley said.
The Cowboys answered the Bulldogs with two runs in their half of the first on one hit and three walks from the Bulldog pitcher. McClanahan walked to start the inning and advanced to second on an error that allowed Prichard to reach first base safely.
McClanahan scored on a Berry single and Prichard scored the second run on another Marysville miscue.
The Cowboys added single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to get the 4-3 victory.
“I was proud of the guys for the way they played tonight, they played hard the whole night,” coach Bartley said.
“We have moved some guys around defensively the past couple of doubleheaders and I have liked what I’ve seen so far. We are starting to figure it out defensively and on the mound and we are seeing the difference now,” he said.
“Offensively we have had trouble getting anything going the past three doubleheaders. Once we get some of our confidence back at the plate we should be pretty tough to beat.
“Going 3-3 in the three doubleheaders have been pretty disappointing. We lost a couple of games that we shouldn’t have. But, the guys are still battling and competing and that’s all you can ask for,” Bartley concluded.
The Cowboys will host the Concordia Panthers on April 23rd at 4:30 p.m.
Marysville 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 – 5-4-1
Abilene (5-6) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 – 2-4-2
LP: Berry (3-1)
Marysville 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 -3-10-6
Abilene (6-6) 2 0 0 0 1 1 x -4- 5- 2
WP: Combes (1-2)