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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Junior Rangers improve with TMP sweep

  • Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning against Hays-TMP, Dodge City Junior Rangers head coach Daniel Rogers huddled his team up in front of their first base dugout. He looked them square in the eyes and told them that someone needed to step up at the plate — someone needed to make a play.

    The team responded in a deafening way.


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  • Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning against Hays-TMP, Dodge City Junior Rangers head coach Daniel Rogers huddled his team up in front of their first base dugout. He looked them square in the eyes and told them that someone needed to step up at the plate — someone needed to make a play.
         The team responded in a deafening way.
         Using the ripple effects of a 2-run 5th inning, the Rangers piled on 4 runs late to steal a win from TMP on Wednesday night at Demon Field. With the momentum of the 6-2 victory pushing them, Dodge City roared to a convincing 13-5 win in the second game for a much needed double header sweep.
         "We came out a little bit flat, maybe we had a little bit of a hangover from the Lawrence tournament," said head coach Daniel Rogers. "It took a little while for us to get the wheels turning, but once we did, we hit the ball very well. I was pleased with our overall effort once we dusted the rust off."
         In the opener, Jackson Oldham was on the mound for the Rangers and he was doing his best to keep his team within striking distance. However, during the first 4 innings, Dodge City couldn't buy a run. Cold bats left multiple runners stranded on base and the innings were coming to a close rather quickly.
         But that's when the balls starting finding the areas not occupied by Monarch defenders.
         Hunter Ontiberos stroked an RBI base hit to score pinch runner Steven Bartel, and with runners on 1st and 2nd, red-hot hitter Gideon Wells peeled off the tying RBI double, driving in Nick Nelson.
         Then in the bottom of the 6th, the Rangers once again had runners on base with no outs. Except this time, they put the nail in the coffin.
         A bunt from Jhett Ostrom was misplayed by the TMP pitcher, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Rangers would tack on 3 more runs by the end of the inning, putting the Monarchs in a deep 4-run hole.
         Oldham came out and finished his complete game, securing the victory for Dodge.
         "The frustrating part was we were getting guys in scoring position, but we just couldn't quite get them in," Rogers said. "Once we got them momentum going, we just carried it over to the 6th inning. We had some big hits from different players and our defense played well all night."
         In the finale, the Rangers didn't want to make a habit of falling behind. This time they jumped out to an early lead and built upon it, scoring 9 runs in the 3rd inning to essentially drain the life from the Monarchs' dugout. Tyler O'Neal had a 2 RBI single and Nelson provided the biggest spark, collecting two 2 RBI doubles in the same inning.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Starting pitcher James Royle notched the complete game win for Dodge, allowing just two earned runs while being given a truckload of run support.
         The Rangers' next double header will come against Pratt this afternoon on the road, and the final home series will come on Tuesday in a rematch against Pratt. First pitch time for both sets are scheduled for 6 p.m.
     

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