Current winning streak at 11
The Dodge City Rangers continued on their winning ways on the diamond Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep of the Ulysses Tigers in American Legion action at Demon Field.
The Rangers won the first game 14-0 and the nightcap 6-3 to improve to 13-1 on the season to improve their winning streak to 11 games. The first game went four innings before being called by the run-rule.
Collin Gifford threw a four-inning complete game shutout for the Rangers in the opener. Gifford gave up three hits and a walk while striking out three in the game, throwing only 39 pitches in his victory.
Dodge City scored two in the first on RBI singles by Andrew Balderaz and Gideon Wells; then made the score 5-0 after two innings with the help of a RBI single by Austin Weiser and RBI fielders' choices hit by Balderaz and Jordan Doan.
The Rangers scored nine runs in the third inning to pull away in the opener. Drew Chance had two RBI singles in the frame, while Gifford also brought in runs both of the times when he was at the plate with a single and a bases-loaded walk.
Weiser brought in a run on a groundout in the third, Dillon Roy had a RBI sacrifice fly and Doan was hit by a pitch to bring in the seventh run. The final two runs came on wild pitches.
The Rangers didn't get their bats going early in the second game, but led 1-0 on a RBI single by Carlos Vallejo in the second inning.
Ulysses took the lead in the fifth on a RBI single by Abigail Gonzalez, followed by a RBI double by Cy Donaldson.
The lead lasted only a half-inning as the Rangers scored three in the bottom of the fifth. Weiser doubled and later scored on a throwing error during a rundown between third and home on a fielded ball hit by Clint Meininger. Wells followed with a two-run single.
Dodge City made the score 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI fielders choice by Meineinger and a sacrifice fly by Gifford.
Ulysses' final run came in the seventh on a groundout by Diego Hereda.
Hunter Ontiberos threw 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory for the Rangers with Balderaz coming in to get the final two outs after the Tigers loaded the bases in the seventh to earn the save.
The Rangers are off until Monday when they travel to Hays for a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.