The Dodge City Rangers showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday night from their domination of the Bob Coffin Invitational last weekend.
Pitcher Grant Meininger gave up only one hit and one run and the bottom two Rangers in the batting order —Drew Chance and Dawson Davis — came up with big hits as the Rangers beat the Woodward (Okla.) Travelers 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Demon Field.
The story and the second game will be on Thursday's edition of The Daily Globe.
"We played a good baseball team and we won because we played good baseball," said Rangers head coach Chris Chilton after the game.
The Rangers (10-1) didn't allow a run in the final 17 innings of the tournament and Meininger kept Woodward (21-11) off the board for the first four innings. The starter threw a complete seven-inning game and the only run scored by the Travelers was on a suicide squeeze bunt in the fifth inning. The right-hander walked two and struck out four in the victory.
"I got confident and got in the groove," Meininger said. "I just feel more confident now with my pitching because I've changed my style. I've relaxed more and gotten more calmed down."
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dillon Roy got on base with an error and later scored on a groundout by Chance.
After the Travelers tied the game, the Rangers had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth with runners at second and third with only one out. However, Woodward second baseman David Martinez threw out one player at home and starting pitcher Garrett Hines induced a fly out to end the threat.
Dodge City got another chance in the bottom of the sixth and Davis answered with a two-run double over the drawn in defense.
"We see fastballs from the pitchers because they don't think we can hit them," Davis said. "They changed their minds after we got our hits."