Playing at home for the first time this season, the Kansas Cannons didn’t disappoint their fans. With three league doubleheaders, the Cannons won four games and moved above .500 for the season at 6-5.
Friday the Cannons split a twinbill with the Park City Rangers. After winning the opener 6-5, the Cannons dropped an 8-4 decision in the nightcap.
Tied at 2 in the opener, the Cannons scored four times in the fifth to take control. Scott Sammons doubled in one run, while Tory Stoffregen, Ryan Tracy and James Threw all contributed RBI singles for a 6-2 lead.
The Rangers pulled back into contention with three runs in the sixth inning before Blaine Hashagen came in to shut the door and preserve the one-run win.
Park City’s offensive output from the first game carried over to the nightcap as it scored six times in the first two innings. Down 8-1 going into the seventh, the Cannons scored three runs on consecutive RBI doubles by Sammons, Corey Cowan and Tracy. But it was too little, too late as Park City held them at bay to win 8-4.
Saturday saw the Cannons sweep Lindsborg, rallying for a wild 9-7 win before Jackie Black shut out the Knights 7-0.
Sammons’ 2-run single in the sixth inning of the opener put the Cannons on top for good as they held on to win 9-7. The Cannons trailed 4-2 going into the sixth before scoring seven times to take a 9-4 lead. Lindsborg scored three runs over the next two innings to make things more interesting. Sammons finished the game with four RBIs.
Black handcuffed the Knights in the second game, allowing just two hits while striking out 10 and walking four. Offensively Ty Kildow had three hits, three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI, while Sammons added two more RBIs. The Cannons scored in every inning but the sixth, putting three on the board in the third for a 5-0 lead to ice the win.
The Cannons closed out the weekend with a Sunday split against the Salina Blue Jays. Salina won the seesaw opening slugfest 10-7 before the Cannons run-ruled them 13-3 in five innings.
The Blue Jays jumped on top 5-0 in the first game, but the Cannons tied the score with five runs of their own in the second inning. Kyle Johnston and Threw each knocked in a run during the rally.
Not to be denied, Salina scored a pair the top of the third, only to watch the Cannons get one of them back in the bottom of the inning on another RBI single by Johnston to make it a 7-6 game.
A bases-loaded walk in the fifth allowed the Cannons to tie at 7. Salina scored three times in the top of the sixth for the final score.
Page 2 of 2 - The second game was all Cannons as they batted around in each of the first two innings, scored eight times and never looked back in winning 13-3. Josh Halbert provided the offense, going 3 for 3 and knocking in six runs. Jon Murray held the Jays hitless through the first three innings.
The Cannons play a single game tonight at Haysville.