Butler County Times Gazette
  • Broncos move to 4-0 with home wins over Derby and Denver

  • Mike Hahn allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings to help El Dorado win its second league game, a 4-2 decision against Derby on Monday night at McDonald Stadium.
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  • Mike Hahn allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings to help El Dorado win its second league game, a 4-2 decision against Derby on Monday night at McDonald Stadium.
    The Broncos improve to 2-0 in Jayhawk League play and 3-0 overall.
    Hahn did not allow a hit until the fourth, fanning five.
    El Dorado wiped out a 1-0 deficit in the fourth when Clayton Taylor singled in Tyler Ware, who had doubled, and Wade Stramp, who had walked.
    Patrick Esposito doubled in Taylor, who had reached on a fielder's choice, in the sixth.
    Thomas Clay's second triple of the season led to the final run in the seventh. Trever Ezell hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Clay.
    Elsewhere in Jayhawk play, Hays and Liberal were postponed by high winds in Liberal. The teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday.
    Derek Miller picked up his second save of the season by working a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.
    Joe Smidt worked the eighth, facing three batters. He has worked three innings and faced the minimum nine batters.
     
    Derby 000 110 000 -- 2 5 1
    El Dorado 000 202 00x -- 4 8 3
    W -- Hahn. L -- Southard. Save -- Miller.
    Derby batting: Ward 0-4, McMurry 0-3, Luther 1-3, Hessler 1-4, Boston 1-4, Moore 1-4, Garcia-Perreria 1-3, Matthews 0-3, Steadman 0-1, Scott 0-2.
    El Dorado batting: Clay 1-4, Kane 0-1, Ezell 2-2, Rosado 0-3, Ware 2-4, Stramp 1-2, Droll 0-3, Taylor 1-3, Esposito 2-3, Cox 0-4.
    Derby pitching: Southard 4-2, Raeber 2-1, Willman 2-1.
    El Dorado pitching: Hahn 6-1,Gulzow 1-0, Smidt 1-0, Miller 1-0.
     
    Broncos 4 Denver 3
    Clayton Taylor picked a crucial time to hit El Dorado's first home run of the season.
    Taylor hit a dramatic two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as El Dorado edged Denver's Cougars 4-3 at McDonald Stadium on Tuesday night.
    Trailing 3-1, Danny Droll was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the ninth. After taking a ball, Taylor hit a shot over the right-field wall to give the Broncos a 3-3 tie.
    Tyler Ware was then hit by a pitch. Christian Cox bunted, intending to sacrifice Ware to second. However, Cox beat it out for a single as the Denver second baseman was late getting to first base. Newcomer John Coen sacrificed but the Denver first baseman Tyler Splichal fumbled the ball to load the bases.
    With Trever Ezell at the plate, a pitched bounced off the glove of Denver catcher Michael Cerullo and Ware raced home with the game-winner.
    Page 2 of 2 - Taylor also drove in El Dorado's first run in the second on an infield out.
    Things looked bleak for the Broncos after the eighth. Cox led off with a walk; and after two more walks, El Dorado loaded the bases on two more walks with one out. However, David Parrett struck out on a 3-2 pitch and Wade Stramp flied out to right to end the inning.
    The Broncs had a mild threat in the seventh. However, Droll was thrown out at the plate, and the Broncos were turned away.
    The victory is the fourth straight for unbeaten El Dorado.
    Notes: Droll made the defensive play of the game to end the seventh. With a runner on third, Cerullo hit a shot on the ground headed for right field. Droll dove, knocked the ball down and threw to first while still on his knees to get the out. . . . El Dorado relievers continue to shine. Nine relievers have pitched 15 innings and allowed one run. . . . On Thursday, the Broncos play host to Wellington; and on Friday, begin a three-game series at Hays.
    . . . Thomas Clay was held out of Tuesday's game after tweeking a hamstring on Monday night, hitting a triple.
     
    Denver Cougars 030 0009 000 -- 3 8 3
    El Dorado 010 000 003 -- 4 8 0
    W -- Posey. L -- Fontenot. HR -- El Dorado: Taylor.
    El Dorado batting: Coen 0-4, Roming 0-3, Ezell 0-0, Rosado 0-3, Parrett 1-4, Stramp 2-4, Droll 0-2, Taylor 2-3, Kane 0-2, Ware 1-1, Cox 2-3.
    El Dorado pitching: Schuermann 2 (innings pitched)-3 (earned runs), Resnick 3-0, Autrey 2-0, Posey 2-0.
     
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