Despite leads of 2-0 and 4-3, the Kansas Cannons couldn’t keep pace at Valley Center as the Diamond Dawgs rallied twice and went on to win 10-4 July 7.
Blaine Hashagen and Josh Halbert opened the Cannons second with back-to-back singles. After Corey Cowan reached on a fielder’s choice, James Threw and Taylor Fish each walked to score Hashagen. With the bases loaded and just one out, all the Cannons could muster was a sacrifice fly by Ty Kildow to make it 2-0.
The Dawgs scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and edged in front 3-2.
Consecutive doubles by Scott Sammons and Ryan Tracy to open the third tied the game. Tracy crossed the plate on a pair of ground-ball outs to put the Cannons back on top, 4-3.
But once again, they weren’t able to hold the lead. Valley Center pushed across three more runs in the bottom of the inning for a 6-4 advantage. The Dawgs held on from there for the win.
Tim Suminski settled down after the third, holding the Cannons hitless through the final six innings to get the win. He allowed four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out nine.
With only five hits as a team, no Cannon collected more than one.
They return home for a doubleheader against the Salina Blue Jays at 2 and 4 p.m. today. Six Cannons are scheduled to participate in Sunday’s Walter Johnson League All-Star Game in Topeka.