The Dodge City Conquistadors baseball team got back on track Monday afternoon after losing three straight games with a road doubleheader sweep of Ranger (Texas).
The Conquistadors (6-3) won the first game 2-1 and completed the sweep with a 6-1 decision in the nightcap.
"It was a brutal day to try to hit," said Dodge City head coach Phil Stephenson. "The wind was blowing in from 25-to-40 miles an hour and it really got cold. It started to snow by the end of the game.
"(Our pitchers) came in tough conditions and threw strikes and we got out of it. We could have really checked it in today, but I thought the guys rebounded well and gave a very good account of themselves in tough conditions."
Dodge City opened up the scoring with back-to-back doubles by Haden Houska and Nick Comito in the top of the third inning, but Ranger tied the game in the bottom of the inning with the help of two Conqs' errors.
The Conqs regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Scott Hillier opened up the inning with a double and went to third on a passed ball. Josh Ginther pinch ran for Hillier and scored on a RBI by Shay Lynes.
Jagger Harjo threw six innings to record the win on the mound for Dodge City. Harjo gave up four hits, three walks and an unearned run, while striking out three.
Sam Brunner gave up a hit, but induced a double play to record the save for the Conqs.
"Harjo was really good the first game and spotted up real well and got his offspeed over and we made some plays behind him," Stephenson said. "And Sam held it for us in the seventh after we took the lead."
Dodge City opened the nightcap with six runs in the top of the third inning on RBI singles by Lynes and Hillier before Jerry Lacayo and Chris Ramsey hit two-run doubles.
Ranger scored its only run in the nightcap on a groundout in the seventh inning.
Clayton Brewster gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings of work to win the nightcap for the Conqs.
"I figured the second game, the first team to score that and we were able to get that six-spot in the third," Stephenson said. "Clayton Brewster was good on the mound in the tough conditions that kept getting worse as the game went on."
The Conqs are back on the diamond Tuesday afternoon with a single game against Cisco (Texas).
Conqs lose three in weekend
TISHOMINGO, Okla. — The Conqs lost twice to Murray State (Okla.) and a third to Allen County in weekend action.
Page 2 of 2 - The Conqs lost to Murray State 5-3 in the first Saturday contest.
Chris Ramsey went 2-for-4 with a RBI single, while Connor Ross hit a RBI single and Parker Jones a RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. Ross Vance (1-1) was the losing pitcher for Dodge City.
The Conqs gave up six runs in the first and five more in the third in losing to Allen County 12-4.
Walker Rainwater (1-1) couldn't get out of the first inning against the Red Devils in suffering the loss on the mound. Comito went 3-for-4 with a RBI for the Conqs and Connor Koepp was 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Dodge City lost to Murray State 9-4 on Sunday.
Ross went 2-for-4 with a home run, while Ramsey hit a two-run single. Spencer Bidwell was the losing pitcher.