Wellington Daily News
Last Saturday morning the Wellington Heat took a break from a busy stretch of games and played host to area kids who desired to learn more about the game of baseball.
The Wellington Heat Kids Camp featured the Heat players giving all form of baseball instruction to over one hundred boys and girls, ages 5-12. The camp was held at Hibbs-Hooten Stadium. Local families contributed to a fine turnout of kids wanting to hone their burgeoning skills for the game.
The Heat gave the kids good reason to listen to the instruction closely as Wellington showed how it is done the night before against the McPherson Pipeliners. The Heat won 10-1, scoring three runs in the first inning and never looking back.
Right-hander Matt Oxner, of St. Gregory’s University, started for the Heat and was dominate. Oxner struck out 12 Pipeliners in a complete game performance for Wellington.
The Heat crew was fresh and it showed against Mac after Thursday’s game against Clearwater was postponed because of inclement weather. The Tuesday and Wednesday night games were good to go however with the Heat working a home/away series with the Park City Rangers.
It was the Kansas Collegiate Baseball League opener Tuesday at Hibbs-Hooten against the Rangers, and big rightie Ulysses Romos of Sterling College was in shutdown mode as the Heat starter.
Romos went five innings and struck out five hitters to propel the Heat to the 13-6 win. The Heat struck early again, scoring one in the first, with Itchy Burts leading off with a base-hit and Alex Koch bringing him home with a single of his own.
It was brutal for the Rangers in the second inning as Cade Carter led off and reached on a Park City error. Owen Breithaupt doubled to plate Carter and with two outs and then Wellington turned up the Heat.
Two singles and a HBP loaded the bases for Koch who sent one over the wall for a grand slam. Cody Robinson followed with a triple and Carter singled him home in his second at bat of the inning.
Wednesday at Park City was a bit of a thriller with the Heat taking a 9-3 victory, scoring six runs after heading into the ninth tied 3-3. The win allowed the Heat to claim a 2-0 record to open league play.
Saturday night after the successful camp for the kids, the Heat welcomed infielder Alex Lyon back for another summer in Wellington and Alex came ready to play. Lyon was a triple short of the cycle as he singled, doubled, and homered, while also taking a HBP in a 14-4 win over Clearwater.
And Sunday night’s victim was yet again the Park City Rangers in a 15-3 shellacking after which the Heat contingent honored team mascot Slyder on the golden retriever’s sixth birthday. Slyder even got his own cake and he ate it too.
After a Tuesday night trip to Valley Center, the Heat return home to Hibbs-Hooten Stadium to face the 316 Elite. The Kansas Cannons and the Valley Center Mud Daubers will be the Heat’s guests Saturday night and Sunday night.
All games begin at 7:05.
It was a fun and exciting week for the Wellington Heat