MOUNDRIDGE – The Abilene Junior Babe Ruth baseball team continued its winning ways Monday night with a double-header sweep at Moundridge.

Abilene rallied in the opener for an 8-4 win and then won going away 15-4 in the nightcap.

In the opener, Abilene rallied from being down 2-0 to score eight runs in the third inning and then held on for the 8-4 win. Moundridge scored twice in the bottom of the first and added runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Karsen Loader got the win on the hill for Abilene after allowing three earned runs on two hits through four innings of work. Loader walked six and struck out nine.

Sam Burton tossed the fifth inning giving up one hit while striking out two.

Brady Fitzgeralds went two for three including a double at the plate driving in a run and scoring once. Loader doubled to drive in two. Michael McClanahan had two RBI and Braden Adams had an RBI triple. Braden Wells had a hit and an RBI for Abilene in the win.

In the Abilene third, Triston Cottone reached on an error and then the Moundridge pitcher walked the next three Abilene batters before Loader’s two-run double to left. Burton drew a walk and McClanahan singled to score Loader. Wells followed with a single to right to score Burton and then scored on a hit by Fitzgeralds.

McClanahan and Burton teamed for an infield double play to end the Moundridge second inning.

The second game was not pretty as both teams combined for 11 errors. Abilene pushed two runs across in the top of the first but Moundridge answered with three of its own. Abilene came back to score six runs in the second for a comfortable 8-3 lead. It added a single run in the third, four more in the fourth and two in the fifth for the 15-4 win.

Michael McClanahan was on the hill for Abilene to get the complete game win. He allowed two earned runs on four hits through his five innings of work. He walked four and struck out seven.

Stewart Scott had a pair of hits for Abilene including a fifth inning RBI triple. Scott drove in two in the game and he scored four times.

Loader had a double to drive in two and Burton and Michael McClanahan also had RBI singles.

Three Moundridge pitchers combined to issue 13 free passes to Abilene that resulted in six runs in the game.

Abilene stands at 6-0 and will play this weekend at a tournament in Salina.

Contact Ron Preston at sports@abilene-rc.com.

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