Facing a Marshalltown (IA) Community College baseball team that was playing its first games of the season, the No. 6-ranked Cowley College baseball team swept a doubleheader Sunday in Arkansas City by scores of 6-5 and 12-2.
The Tigers needed 10 innings to win the opener and then scored 10 runs in the first inning of game two as they cruised to a six-inning run-rule win in the nightcap. The victories improve Cowley’s record to 7-4 on the season.
“It was good to get back out there and play,” Cowley head coach Dave Burroughs said. “It was good to win, but it shows that we need to be on the field a lot more.”
Kaid Karnes started game one on the mound for the Tigers and allowed two hits and two runs in 3 1/3 innings. The sophomore struck out six and walked two.
Cowley would rally from deficits of 4-3 and 5-4 to force extra innings when sophomore catcher Cody Milligan walked, stole second, and came around to score on a two-out single by Corbin Lill in the bottom of the eighth inning.
With Tiger closer Ryan Westerhoff (1-1) coming on to strike out seven batters in 2 2/3 innings, the game remained tied at 5-5 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning.
Milligan, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, hit a one-out single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mac McCrosky, and moved to third after back-to-back walks. Milligan would score the winning run on a balk called by Marshalltown reliever Jimmy Kurka.
Making his home debut, Arkansas City High School standout Hunter O’Toole (1-0) was dominant on the mound in game two as the freshman allowed only an unearned run in three innings pitched. O’Toole allowed just two hits, while striking out seven and walking none.
“Hunter was really good,” Burroughs said. “His first two innings were outstanding.”
The first four batters for the Tigers reached base without the benefit of a hit and spurred a 10-run first inning that essentially put the game away.
Sophomore first baseman Daniel DeSimone belted a two-run homer and Grady Davenport and Cody Milligan added two-run doubles in the 10-run first inning.
Jared Wilson was the third Tiger reliever used in game two and he finished the game by striking out five batters in 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
After hosting Garden City (11-2) in a single game Monday at 3 p.m., the Tigers have moved their regularly scheduled home game against Butler (7-2) on March 5 to this Thursday at 2 p.m.
“We hope to see improvement and show signs of being more consistent at the plate,” Burroughs said.
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Marshalltown 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 – 5 7 2
Cowley 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 – 6 9 4
Game two R H E
Marshalltown 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 2 2 3
Cowley (10) 0 1 0 0 1 – 12 9 3