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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Red Demons swept at Great Bend, drop fourth straight

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  • The Dodge City Red Demons lost their chance to win the Western Athletic Conference title outright and will need some help to earn a share of the title after losing both games of a league doubleheader to the Great Bend Panthers.
    Great Bend won the first game 9-8 and completed the sweep by a 7-3 margin in the nightcap. The Red Demons (10-7, 5-3) are now on a four-game losing streak with three games left in the regular season and before the regionals.
    "I wasn't surprised when they came back because whenever we play each other, it's a back and forth battle," said Dodge City baseball head coach Daniel Rogers. "I was disappointed to the way we responded when they came back.
    "Once they scored those runs and took the lead, our dugout went a little bit flat and didn't have the same energy they had when we had the lead. In baseball, you have to stay with it in a back and forth game and find a way to win. Unfortunately, we didn't get that done."
    Dodge City built a 4-0 lead by the top of the third in the opener.
    Austin Weiser hit a triple to open the game and later scored on a hit by Jordan Doan. Dakota Duckett opened the second inning with a triple and scored when a pickoff attempt got away from the third baseman to make the score 2-0.
    The Red Demons scored two more runs in the third inning. Weiser singled, stole second and scored on a passed ball, and Duckett later hit a RBI single.
    The Panthers (10-1, 5-1) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Bryce Beck and Shade Wondra; but the Red Demons scored two runs on a Great Bend error.
    Great Bend scored five in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Wondra, Jack Westhoff and Dakota Conaway hit RBI singles and Beck had a two-run hit.
    Dodge City took the lead with solo home runs by Duckett in the fifth and Doan in the sixth.
    The Panthers regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. A pickoff throw at pinchrunner Tristan Hall at third base sailed into the outfield and Chad Touslee hit a RBI double to close the scoring.
    Beck was the winning pitcher for the Panthers; while Weiser was the losing pitcher for Dodge City.
    The second game saw the Panthers take the early 3-0 in the first inning with two-run home run by Touslee being the big hit.
    Dodge City closed the gap to 3-2 in the third with run scoring singles; but Touslee knocked in a run for the Panther in the bottom of the frame. The Demons scored one more run, but they gave up another two-run triple to Touslee in the fifth and the final run of the game scored on a wild pitch.
    Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Balderaz was the losing pitcher for the Red Demons, while Hall recorded the win.
    The Red Demons travel to Wichita for their final doubleheader of the regular season, a Friday afternoon road twinbill against the Heights Falcons. The first game is scheduled for 2 p.m.
    "We just need to find a way to dig deep inside ourselves and win games," Rogers said. "Three out of the last four games we lost, we've had opportunities to win. We've stranded too many runners or made a defensive mistake or didn't make a pitch when we needed.
    "It just comes down to getting the job done when the game is on the line. We haven't been able to do that lately, but we hope to do that against Heights."

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