The Dodge City Athletics lost two heartbreakers Sunday in falling in losing both games of a Jayhawk League doubleheader to the Wellington Heat at Hibbs-Hobben Stadium.
The Athletics lost the first game 5-4 and fell 2-1 in the nightcap. In both games, all of Wellington's runs came in one inning. Dodge City spoiled a two home run performance from Ben Craft in the first game; and had its chances to put away the Heat in the second game.
Dodge City got a run in the top of the second on a Ben Craft home run, but losing pitcher Hal Maynard gave up five in the bottom of the frame. Luke Doyle hit a two-run home run, Grant Buchanon scored on a passed ball and David Walker hit a two-run triple.
Carson Crites cut the deficit to 5-3 in the top of the fifth with a two-run double, and Craft's second home run of the game came in the top of the sixth.
Trent Keefer was the winning pitcher for the Heat (24-2, 16-2). He gave up seven hits, three runs and a walk while striking out three in getting the decision. Crites, Craft and Brad Jarreau all had two hits for Dodge City (10-14, 5-14).
The Athletics got its only run of the nightcap in the second when Brad Romero singled, went to second when Dalton Thomas was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an error by shortstop Rowdy Andrews.
Dodge City stranded runners in scoring position for the next three innings before the Heat scored two runs off losing pitcher Jordan Cavazos in the bottom of the fifth. Doyle opened the inning with a home run and Andrews reached base on a fielder's choice bunt, stole second and scored on a single by Paul Richmond.
Both Cavazos and Heat winning pitcher Jake Howard threw complete games in the contest. Cavazos gave up five hits and struck out five in six innings of work for the Athletics; while Howard gave up five hits, two walks and struck out nine in his seven innings of work.
The Athletics return to action tonight when they travel to Hays for a game against the Larks. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.