The Kansas Cannons and Park City battled in a back-and-forth contest that had five lead changes, but the Cannons came up on the short end of an 8-7 contest. The loss is the Cannons’ sixth straight.
The Cannons scored first with two runs in the second inning. Park City answered with one in the bottom half of the inning, then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. The Cannons stormed back with three runs in the fifth to lead 5-3. Park City tacked on one run in the bottom half of the fifth, then took the lead again in the seventh with two more runs for a 6-5 lead.
Back came the Cannons in the eighth inning. Connor Hurst singled, then reached second on an error. He then scored on an RBI single by Brian Tims. Will Clark also scored in the inning to give the Cannons a 7-6 lead.
But Park City would not be denied on its home field as it scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. It held off the Cannons, who got two on in the ninth, for the win.
Time led the Cannons’ charge with three hits and two RBIs. Bryant Klusener, Tanner Arst and Hurst all finished with two hits apiece.
The Cannons’ last win was on June 21 when they beat the Valley Center Mud Daubers 6-1. They followed that with two big losses to the Mud Daubers by scores of 14-4 and 15-3, one at home, the other on the road.
The Cannons then got topped by the Wellington Heat two straight games. They lost 7-2 last Friday at home. In that contest, Cody Stineman hit a two-run bomb over the right-field wall to give the Cannons a 2-0 lead in the second. But other than that hiccup, Wellington pitcher Jesus Ambriz was mostly unhittable. His heater was tough to handle, and he worked in off-speed and hit his spots nicely for six innings. He allowed just three hits and those two runs while striking out six.
Taylor Gulick was effective for the Cannons through five innings as he shut down the Heat to that point. But Wellington broke through for two runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to take control on way to the win.
The Heat then beat the Cannons 5-2 at their place.
The Wichita Marlins edged the Cannons 3-2 before Park City’s wild 8-7 win.
The Cannons had won eight of 10 games prior to this losing streak. They play again Friday on the road, then return home Saturday for a game against the Clearwater Outlaws.