CHAPMAN – The Chapman Irish took an early lead in the first game of a double header against the Abilene Bandits and went on win 9-2. Abilene rallied with five runs in the seventh to earn the split 8-3.
Chapman scored three times in the first inning of the opener and then added two runs in the third and four in the fourth to defeat Abilene in game one. The Irish outhit the Bandits nine to three.
Tate Milton went two for two at the plate to lead the Irish offensively. Milton drove in two with a first inning double. Camden Liebau doubled and drove in three runs. Eli Riegel had two hits and scored twice. T. Cavanaugh also had two hits for the Irish.
Abilene struggled at the plate in the opener against Irish pitching. Held to three hits by Slade Saum, Milton and Riegel, the Bandits scored twice in the third inning to close the gap at that point 3-2.
Stewart Scott, Karsen Loader and Michael McClanahan each had singles for Abilene.
Loader started on the mound for Abilene and was charged with four earned runs on six hits through three and one-third innings. He walked five and struck out two. Scott tossed the final two-one third innings as the game ended on the time limit rule. Scott allowed an unearned run on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Milton was credited with the win for Chapman. He tossed two innings and gave up both Abilene runs on three hits. He issued four walks and struck out two Bandits.
In the nightcap, the Bandits rallied twice for the 8-3 win over the Irish.
Abilene scored a single run in the first and then added two in the fifth after Chapman scored twice in the fourth for a brief 2-1 lead. The Irish tied the game in the sixth and the Bandits came right back with five unanswered in the top of the seventh for the win.
Scott went two for four at the plate and scored three runs for Abilene. He singled to lead off the game and scored on a Chapman fielding error. He also singled and scored in the fifth and in Abilene’s seventh, Scott reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Loader.
Loader’s seventh inning scored two to help win the game for the Bandits. Braden Adams had a pair of hits in game two for the Bandits. Adams, Michael McClanahan and Carter Taplin had second game RBI’s for Abilene.
Michael McClanahan started on the hill for Abilene and was charged with three earned runs on five hits over five and two-thirds innings of work. He walked six and struck out four. Camden Meeks got the win in relief. He did not allow a hit or a run in one and one-third innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Liebau took the loss for the Irish as he allowed five unearned runs in the seventh on three hits. He gave up a walk and had a strikeout.
Abilene improved to 13-1 and will next play tonight in Salina.