The Dodge City Red Demons didn't have the best of days at the plate against the Hays Indians, but they were able to scratch out a split in the Western Athletic Conference and home opener Tuesday at Demon Field.
The Red Demons won the first game 2-1 and lost 5-0 in the nightcap for the split. Dodge City had only nine hits in the twinbill.
"We knew it was giong to be tough scoring runs," said Dodge City head coach Daniel Rogers. "Hays has always done well pitching and playing defense. We knew if we were going to be successful, we were going to have to pitch and play good defense as well.
"It's just two good teams going at it right there. We obviously wanted to get the sweep, but we'll take the split. There are a lot of good things we can build off of."
Austin Weiser was the winning pitcher in the first game. The Indians were able to get a home run off of the lefthander, but that was all the damage done against the Red Demons (3-1, 1-1) in the opener. Weiser threw a complete seven-inning contest, giving up six hits while striking out four to take the decision.
Andrew Balderaz scored Dodge City's first run in the bottom of the first inning when he walked, stole second, got to third on a groundout by Jackson Oldham and scored on a groundout by Weiser.
Hays (2-2, 1-1) got its run in the top of the fourth on a home run Lane Downing.
Dodge City scored the winning run in the seventh on a walk-off RBI single by Dawson Davis.
Downing gave up eight hits and two runs to suffer the defeat for the Indians.
The Indians scored two runs in the third and fourth innings and added one in the fifth to account for all the scoring in the second game. Dodge City had only one hit in the contest against Hays starting pitcher Kade Parker, an infield single by Davis in the fifth inning.
"Their pitcher threw well," Rogers said. "He kept our batters off balance and threw any pitcher at any count."
Balderaz was the losing pitcher for the Red Demons. He threw four innings and gave up five hits, three walks and four runs (three earned) while striking out two.
The Red Demons' next contest is a Friday road doubleheader at Wichita South. The first game is set for 4 p.m.