The Dodge City A’s baseball team lost Friday night’s game against the Derby Twins 12-6 before falling in the three-game series over the weekend.
The A’s took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of Friday’s game, but it didn’t take long for Derby to recover.
After a groundout and a strikeout to lead off the top of the second inning, the Twins got two runners on via consecutive walks.
Next up to bat came Zach Smith, who slammed home a three-run homer to give Derby the lead 3-2. Toren Craig then got on with a double and was brought home on an RBI single by Braxton Wehrle, who made it to third after a single by Tyler Mendoza.
Then, with Brent Herbert at the plate and still two outs, the Dodge City pitcher threw to first base trying to beat Mendoza back to the bag. Mendoza was beaten cleanly, but instead of returning to first base, hegot into a rundown between first and second. Eventually, the Dodge City defense botched the play, allowing Wehrle to score from third and make the lead 5-2 in Derby’s favor.
The Twins added another run in the top of the third after holding the A’s scoreless in the bottom of the second, expanding their lead to 6-2.
Dodge City got back into it with one run in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to make the score 6-6, but Derby put the game out of reach with four runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and one in the ninth.
“We go out, we get ahead of a game again and then we come back out on defense and we struggle with our command on the mound, we make a couple of mistakes on defense, and then before you know it, it’s five runs,” A’s head coach Tony Gonzalez said. “It’s difficult to come back from that. We were able to battle back and then we had another big inning on their part, and it’s tough to go through that roller-coaster ride and keep the energy positive.”
The four-run sixth inning was yet another example of the sixth-inning causing issues for the A’s.
“That sixth inning seems to get us pretty much every time,” Gonzalez said.
It certainly did Friday night.
The A’s rebounded Saturday to beat the Twins 13-3, but lost the final game of the three-game series 11-4 on Sunday.
The A’s are next in action Wednesday when they host the Hays Larks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Cavalier Field.