The Kansas Cannons staged one of their patented two-out rallies in the last inning of the second game but fell a run short against league-leading Topeka. That 9-8 loss allowed the Golden Giants to earn a split after the Cannons had won the opener 6-1 July 1 at Andover Central High School.
A three-run second was more than enough as the Cannons won the first game behind the hitting of Tori Stoffregen and the pitching of Derek Martinez.
Although the Cannons pushed across three runs in the second, they should have had more. Stoffregen and Blaine Hashagen hit back-to-back home runs to open the inning. Scott Quinlan walked and advanced to third on a walk and a fielder’s choice.
After Taylor Fish walked to load the bases, Quinlan scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0, while the other two runners moved to secnd and third with one out. But a strike out and a ground out ended the inning.
The Cannons scored three insurance runs in the sixth on a double by Scott Sammons, a single by Stoffregen and a double by Quinlan.
Stoffregen went 2 for 3, with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Sammons and Hashagen each added a pair of hits, scored twice and knocked in two runs.
Martinez handcuffed the Giants on three hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven while allowing only a meaningless seventh-inning run.
The nightcap saw the Cannons’ fall short. In front most of the game, Topeka scored three runs in the top of the seventh for a 9-5 lead.
Stoffregen led off the seventh with a double, and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. A two-out walk to Corey Cowan loaded the bases.
A pair of wild pitches that brought home two runs and moved Cowan to third.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Tracy lined a single to left that scored Cowan and pulled the Cannons to within one, 9-8. Kildow was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners, but Josh Halbert bounced out to first to end the game.
The Cannons scored twice in the first inning on a ground out by Halbert and a single by Hashagen. In the second, a double by Halbert put them up 3-0.
Topeka came back with four in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 6-3 lead.
The Cannons countered with a pair of runs in the fifth. Cowan scored on a single by Ty Kildow, who scored on a ground out to make it 6-5, Topeka.
The Golden Giants scored three runs in the top of the seventh which proved to be just enough.
With two hits, Kildow was the only Cannon with more than one. Halbert knocked in three runs, and both Kildow and Stoffregen scored twice.
Page 2 of 2 - Shannon Engroff was one of four Golden Giants with two hits. He also had four RBIs.
The Cannons play two nonleague games this week, each will start at 7 p.m. and are nine-inning contests. Monday they travel to Haysville, and Thursday they’re at El Dorado.