Butler County Times Gazette
  • Heat's Andrews hits for cycle, team keeps rolling

  • A triple-play is a rare event in baseball. An unassisted triple-play is even more so. Hitting for the cycle ranks pretty high in rarity also.

    One of those rare events was witnessed Sunday night in Dodge City when Wellington Heat infielder Rowdy Andrews chalked up single, double, triple and home-run to record the Heat’s first cycle of the Wellington franchise.
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  •    By Karl Younkman
     
       A triple-play is a rare event in baseball. An unassisted triple-play is even more so. Hitting for the cycle ranks pretty high in rarity also.
       One of those rare events was witnessed Sunday night in Dodge City when Wellington Heat infielder Rowdy Andrews chalked up single, double, triple and home-run to record the Heat’s first cycle of the Wellington franchise.
        Andrews feat came in the third game of the weekend series with the Athletics of Dodge City. The Heat won that game 10-4 with Jake Doyle pitching the win with help from three other Heat hurlers.
       The Friday game was rained out so the teams scheduled a double-header for Saturday with both games cut to seven innings. Derek Fisher took the mound for Heat in the first game and stayed there for the entire seven innings for the complete game 2-1 victory.
        Associate Head Coach Adam Niesius  was impressed with the University of Souix Falls product. “Derek pitched very, very well,” said Niesius. “He located the ball about as good as you can. On a day when we didn’t swing it real well we really didn’t have to because when Derek is on like that he is dominate.”
        The nightcap saw the Heat’s bats heat up, scoring seven runs in the third inning and demolishing the Athletics 10-3.  Brady Bowen pitched four innings for the win. “Bowen pitched well enough,” coach Niesius said of his pitcher who he coached at Friends University. “He was a little iffy with his control but he had enough velocity to keep them off balance. Ryan Jenkins came on and pitched three strong innings to close them out.”
        “I felt we had an advantage when we were forced  to the double-header,” coach Niesius said. “We’ve got a deep team with a lot of fresh arms.” The bats were hot and they would stay hot for Andrews memorable day on Sunday.
        With the three wins in Dodge City the Heat ran it’s record to 8-0 for the season with one rain-out.
        Wellington returned to Hibbs-Hooten field to host Tulsa Monday night and Andrews kept up his hot streak with a RBI single in the second inning to score Luke Doyle with the Heat’s first run of the game.
        Aaron Siple’s third inning double was followed Tony Piazza’s run scoring single and after a passed ball and a few walks and a hit batter Piazza plated to put the heat up 4-0. Tulsa answered with three runs in the top half of the fourth.
    Page 2 of 2 -      The score was still 4-3 in the fifth when Andrews launched a rocket into the night sky for his second homer in as many nights. The ball cleared the wall with plenty of flight left in the trajectory.
        In the seventh inning left-fielder David Walker flashed his power with a round-tripper to extend the lead and after adding two runs in the eighth Bethany College product Dan Eck came to the mound to preserve an 8-4 Heat win.
        The Heat travels to Derby tonight (Tuesday) and then after a day off, entertains those same Twins Thursday night. That sets up a showdown with league rival Hays in a weekend series on the road at the Larks home diamond.  All games begin at 7:05.
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