After a disappointing doubleheader split Monday against Hutchinson, the Kansas Cannons came back with a vengeance July 10. They closed out the regular season by sweeping the Wichita Wheat Kings at Wichita South High School. The Cannons won 4-3 and 15-0, improving to 19-13 in league play and 21-16 overall.
It was a little bit here and a little bit there in the first game. The Cannons scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings to eke out the 4-3 win.
In the second, Josh Halbert’s two-out single scored Ryan Tracy from second. The third found Ty Kildow scoring on a triple by Scott Sammons.
After the Wheat Kings took a 3-2 lead in the third, the Cannons came right back and tied the game in the top of the fourth when Kyle Johnston scored on a single by Taylor Fish.
They took the lead for good in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Kildow’s two-out double scored Halbert with what turned out to be the winning run.
Kildow, Halbert and James Threw each had two hits.
Zak Mickens picked up the win in relief. He allowed one hit and no runs in three innings, walked one and struck out three.
In the second game, it was Katie bar the door as the Cannons seemed to take out a season’s worth of frustrations on Wichita. They put three runs on the board in the first inning and coasted to a 15-0 whitewashing in five innings.
Back-to-back triples by Kildow and Tory Stoffregen to open the game brought home one run. Stoffregen scored on a ground out. Johnston tripled with two outs and scored on a double by Blaine Hashagen to make it 3-0.
Seven runs in the third inning put this one away for the Cannons. A bases-loaded double by Hashagen scored two to make it a 5-0 game. Halbert, Riley Price and Tracy each had an RBI single in the frame.
They put up five more in the fourth inning, capped by a three-run home run from Sammons that closed out the scoring.
The Cannons pounded out 12 hits. Hashagen had three hits, scored twice and knocked in three runs. Kildow scored three times, while Johnston and Halbert each scored twice. Halbert and Tracy added a pair of RBIs.
Andrew Goot gave up three hits in five innings to snatch the win. He walked one and struck out six.