"We looked ugly doing it, but our guys stayed focused and hungry for 14 innings." Sumner Head Coach Cecil Christwell.
Sumner Academy took the trip to Atchison who was leading the KCAL and came home with 2 huge wins. This moves Sumner to an overall record of 8-6 and 5-1 in league who will now get to wait for a show down with Wyandotte May 7th.
Game 1 saw Sumner nursing a 4-3 lead in the 5th inning. Sumner scored 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to push out to a 9-4 lead heading into the 7th. Atchison was not done as they scored 3 runs in the 9th inning. Sam Falcon came on to pitch in the 7th to get the save.
John Hale pitched 6 innings and got the win for the Sabres. Neal Boyce, Philip Morris and Brett Nave all had 2 RBI's to help pace the Sabres on offense.
Game 2 was about as sloppy as it can get. The final score was 12-6. Atchison scored 5 of their 6 runs off of 4 errors. Falcon struck out 5 and walks 0 to secure his 4th win of the season. He carried a big stick as well going 3 for 5, 2 (2B), 2 RBI's, 3 runs scored. Atchison had 6 errors in the game.
The kid (Falcon) has a 1.50 ERA in 32 and 2/3rds innings 41K and 13 walks. 24 for 40 at the plate for a .625 average, 9 doubles, 6 triples, 15 RBI's, 10 walks. I only mention the walks because that meanss his on base % is .760, Slugging 1.125. He just struck out tonight for the first time this season.
I digress but these numbers are silly (in a good way).
The play of the day came with no outs in the inning. Atchison had runners on first and second when Neal Boyce made a diving catch in left center. He then doubled the runner up at second base.
Boyce after today is batting .562, 18 for 32, 15 RBI's, 7 doubles and 2 triples. His range is in the out field is above average and has a strong arm.
This is a huge sweep for the Sabres and are being led by two very good players. Wyandotte travels to Atchison next week to put a clearer picture on the KCAL race.