The Dodge City Athletics got their bats going Friday night, scoring two runs in four of the first five innings on the way to a 9-6 victory over the Derby Twins in Jayhawk League action at Cavalier Field.
The victory for Dodge City (3-8, 1-8 Jayhawk) ended an eight-game losing streak and was a welcome start to the Athletics' seven-game home stand. Dodge City pounded out 13 hits in the win.
Aaron Blair was 3-for-4 — including a home run — with two runs and three RBIs for the Athletics, while Zach Jacobs was 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Eight of the nine Didge /City batters in the lineup got at least one hit in the victory.
Three batters for Derby had two RBIs apiece in the loss: Stephen Carbajal, Dylan Boston and Kaden Moore.
Derby (5-5, 4-4) got on the board with two runs in the top of the opening inning: Boston hit a RBI double and later scored on a single by Moore.
The Athletics came back with two runs of their own on a RBI groundout by Louis Diaz and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Bynum. Derby starting pitcher Jeff Tanner came out of the age after the frame.
Dodge City took a two-run lead in the second on Blair's home run. After Moore got his second RBI of the game on a groundout to cut the deficit to 4-3, the Athletics got two more runs in the third on a bases-loaded walk issued to Scott Looper and Blair hit a RBI single.
Nick Osuna hit a sacrifice fly for the first run for the Athletics in the fifth inning and Zach Jacobs brought in a second run for the frame on a single.
The Twins got back on the board in the sixth inning on a bases-loaded walk issued to Carabajal; but Dodge City got the run back in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI single by Joe Haddox.
Derby scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning on a double by Carabajal and a sacrifice fly by Boston.
Hasten Freeman was the winning pitcher for the Athletics, giving up three runs, six hits and six walks while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. Elan Raeber was the losing pitcher for Derby.
The two teams will meet for the next two nights at Cavalier before the Denver Cougars come to town for four games starting Monday. All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.