December 4, 2022

Scott City, Hugoton split baseball doubleheader

Hugoton, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–This year’s Great West Activities Conference in baseball has maybe been as balanced as ever in its fifth year of existence. A majority of the leagues doubleheaders have seen splits, and Friday’s doubleheader between Scott City and Hugoton was no exception. The Eagles won the first game of the twin bill 7-1, while the Beavers stormed back to win 13-3 in six innings in the days finale.

In game one, Scott City led 1-0 after an inning and a half, despite not collecting a hit. Hugoton’s second at bat would be the difference in the first game, as they would send 10 to the plate and score six runs thanks to two early Beaver errors to lead 6-1. The Eagles added another run in the third to make it 7-1. Scott City threatened to trim into the lead in the fifth and seventh innings, but were unable to get timely hits. Dakota Moodie scattered two hits and struck out four in seven innings on the mound to get the complete game win. Law Greiner drove in two runs in the second inning as Hugoton had only four hits. Sloan Baker took the loss for Scott City, going six innings on the mound, and allowed only one earned run, but had nine strikeouts in the game. 

Game two was dominated by Scott City from the onset. The Beavers scored in four of the six innings played. They scored two in the first, one in the second and opened the game with four runs in the fourth to lead 7-0. Hugoton made it closer in the bottom of the fifth, as Michael Baeza hit a three-run blast to cut into the deficit at 7-3. Scott City would counter with a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by Sloan Baker’s three-run home run to make it 11-3 at the time. The Beavers would add two more runs after that inning and get a game-ending double play to end a five-game league losing streak. Gustavo Gonzalez got the win, going all six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Kyle Cure had three hits and Gonzalez added two of Scott City’s nine hits. Baker and Hunter Braun drove in three runs each. Tucker Martin took the loss, going two innings. Paden Cornelson had two hits in the loss for the Eagles.

Scott City (3-14, 2-5 GWAC) will play three games this week, as they play at Goodland once on Wednesday afternoon and will travel to Ulysses for a makeup doubleheader on Thursday. Hugoton (10-7, 4-4) travels to Ulysses on Tuesday.