Winners of six of their seven games, the Dodge City Red Demon baseball traveled to Liberal on Tuesday afternoon for a double-header to continue their strong play and remain undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference after their two-game sweep of Garden City last week.


Winners of six of their seven games, the Dodge City Red Demon baseball traveled to Liberal on Tuesday afternoon for a double-header to continue their strong play and remain undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference after their two-game sweep of Garden City last week.
     The Demons used timely hitting and dominating pitching in both games to keep that unblemished conference record intact, cruising past the Redskins with wins of 12-2 and 11-1, both run-rule five inning contests.
     “Lately in these last six game, we’ve been doing a good job at laying off bad pitches, taking walks when they’re giving them to us and getting on base,” said head coach Daniel Rogers. “And when we do wait for good pitches, we’re using them to drive guys in. We’ve been doing a good job of being patient and being aggressive when we need to be.”
     In game one, the Demons didn’t take long getting on the board, as they pummeled Liberal pitching, taking a 6-1 advantage by the end of the second inning. Dodge City consistently had runners on the base paths, whether with hard hit balls or walks, and they didn’t miss any opportunities to pad their lead with crucial base knocks.
     Starting pitcher Taylor Murphy got the win for the Demons in the opener, going four innings, striking out two, and gave up one earned run. Collin Gifford came in a got the final three outs of the game, striking out one.
     Offensively, Dodge City continues to smack the baseball around very well, giving their pitching staff a plethora of run support. Jordan Doan was 2-for-3 in game one with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Dylan Roy had a monster night at the dish for Dodge, going 3-for-4 with 6 runs batted in. Also, Adley Davis reached base three of his four times at the plate despite never recording a hit. He was hit by a pitch twice and also drew a walk.
     As for the series finale, once again the Demons jumped all over the Redskins pitching staff as they put up a five spot in the top of the second inning to give starting pitcher Austin Weiser all the support he would need on the night.
     Weiser was masterful during the nightcap, as the Redskins failed to locate any of his pitches. He pitched a complete game, going all five innings, allowing just the one run on two hits, striking out eight Liberal batters.
     Roy once again had a nice game with the bat, as he went 2-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs. Damien Salem did his part for the Dodge City offense, going 2-for-3 with a run batted in, and Dakota Duckett went 2-for-3 as well for the Demons.
     With the wins, the Demons improve to 8-3 on the season, as well as 4-0 in the WAC. For Rogers, if the team can consistently improve, they have a big ceiling in terms of expectations for the end of the season.
     “I just hope we can continue to get better everyday, and if we do that, then our potential is very high,” he said. “We are trying to talk to these guys about playing hard and staying consistent, which they if they do that, then the sky’s the limit. Who knows what could happen if we continue to do that.”
     Next up for Dodge City is a date with Wichita East, a team currently 12-2 and ranked third in the state of Kansas. The Demons knocked the Blue Aces out of the playoffs last season, so they will be looking for a touch of revenge. The game will begin with the junior varsity, who swept Liberal on Tuesday as well, improving their record to 9-1. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in Wichita.