The Dodge City Rangers completed their dominance of their second tournament of the season, shutting out Paola 7-0 in Sunday's championship game of the Smoky Ford Wood Bat Invitational.
Pitcher Austin Weiser struck out 12 and allowed only two hits in sealing the title for the Rangers (18-2).
"It was a dominating performance," said Dodge City head coach Chris Chilton. "You can use any cliche in the book; it was that kind of performance. He kept them off balance the entire game.
"The way Weiser was pitching, we knew we could get that one run and that should be enough."
The Rangers had allowed only four runs in the tournament and didn't allow any scores in the last 18 innings of play. That is after giving up only one run in the Bob Coffin Invitational three weeks earlier.
"We've played good baseball, but I don't think we've played our best baseball yet and that's a good thing," Chilton said.
The Rangers scored in four of the six innings, but didn't seal the win until scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take a six-run lead. Grant Meininger was 2-for-4 with two RBI singles and Andrew Balderaz scored three runs for Dodge City in the win.
"We were patient at the plate," Chilton said. "We did get a run in the first, but we left the bases loaded, so that was a little disappointing. We've played to the tune in this tournament of having one big inning."
Dodge City's first run came in the bottom of the first when Balderaz singled, stole second base and scored on a Meininger single. The Rangers added another run in the third when Balderaz walked, again stole second and scored on a RBI single by Jordan Doan.
Balderaz again opened up a run-scoring inning by getting on base, this time on a Paola error. The Rangers loaded the bases before Meininger had a RBI base hit, Collin Gifford a bases-loaded walk, and a two-run double by Hunter Ontiberos.
The final run for Dodge City came on a RBI single by Weiser in the sixth.
The Rangers hit the road again today for a doubleheader at Woodward (Okla.). The first game is scheduled for 6 p.m.