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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Rangers split American Legion twinbill with Monarchs

  • The Dodge City Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season in the opener against the Thomas More Prep Monarchs, but came back in the nightcap to earn the split just before this weekend's Bob Coffin Invitational.
    The Rangers (5-1) lost to the Monarchs 9-1 in five innings before beating the host squad 10-7 in the nightcap.
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  • The Dodge City Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season in the opener against the Thomas More Prep Monarchs, but came back in the nightcap to earn the split just before this weekend's Bob Coffin Invitational.
    The Rangers (5-1) lost to the Monarchs 9-1 in five innings before beating the host squad 10-7 in the nightcap.
    "We showed how much heart as we have as a team in game two, which I hope we carry over to this weekend," said Rangers head coach Chris Chilton. "We had one bad inning in both games. Lucky for us in game two, we had our bad inning early enough to put together a rally.
    "We are looking forward to our home tournament. It has been a while since we have won it and we hope this is the year."
    The Rangers trailed 6-2 going into the fourth inning, but scored five runs with two outs to take the lead. Austin Weiser hit a two-run triple and scored on a single by Andrew Balderaz. Jordan Doan tied the game on a RBi triple and Gideon Wells' single brought in Doan.
    Grant Meininger hit a RBI single in the sixth and Dawson Davis recorded a two-run double in the seventh to complete the rally.
    "We had some players step up in game two and got some clutch hits which I hope builds come confidence going forward for our guys."
    The first early run for Dodge City in the first inning when Meininger led off the game with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The second run came when Balderaz singled, stole second and third bases and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wells.
    Carlos Vallejo went 4 2/3 innings to record the win with only one of the six runs he gave up was earned. Wells threw the other 2 1/3 innings to pick up the save for the Rangers.
    The Rangers scored a single run in the third inning and were tied with the Monarchs (2-4) going into the bottom of the fifth before TMP scoring eight runs to end the game via run rules.

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