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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Red Demons lose two in Hutchinson

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  • The Dodge City Red Demons lost both games in a baseball quadrangular Tuesday afternoon at Hobart-Detter Field and ended their six-game winning streak with two poor performances.
    The Red Demons lost to Arkansas City 5-0 in their first game of the afternoon, then fell to Andover 8-3 to close out the day.
    DCHS baseball head coach Daniel Rogers wasn't happy about too many things after the way the Red Demons played, especially on defense. The Red Demons committed 12 turnovers (six in both games) with only three of the 13 runs given up by Dodge City in the two games earned.
    "We didn't show up to play today and I'm completely embarrassed. Hopefully the team is too," Rogers said. "I think we let the weather get in our heads and they thought it was cold out and they really didn't want to be there."
    The Red Demons (6-3) let a good pitching performance by Collin Gifford go to waste in the first game. Gifford gave up only two hits and four walks in seven innings of work.
    Dodge City had five hits against the Bulldogs (who claimed their third straight win over the Red Demons) but stranded eight runners in scoring position.
    "I'm frustrated after all the way around," Rogers said. "We pitched great in game one, but we didn't get out bats going when we needed to score runs."
    The second game saw none of the three facets of the game working for the Demons, but they still had a chance to put things together until the latter innings.
    "It was basically the same thing," Rogers said. "We had six errors, three by pitchers. We gave up leadoff walks from the second, third and fifth innings and every one of those walks ended up scoring a run."
    Dodge City was able to stay with the Trojans with a bases-loaded walk issued to Eric Reid in the bottom of the second after giving up a run in the top of the frame; but Andover scored two more in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead.
    The Demons came back when Andrew Balderaz singles, stole second and scored on a double by Jordan Doan. A balk moved Doan over to third and Gideon Wells hit a RBI groundout to tie the game.
    Andover took over the game with three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to complete the victory.
    Doan was the losing pitcher on the mound with five innings of work.
    Rogers said the Demons will be working hard during practice the next couple of days before their next doubleheader Friday against Garden City at Demon Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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