After falling below .500 for the first time since the first few games of the season, the Kansas Cannons have won two straight games to get back above .500 with a 17–16 record.
First, the Cannons defeated the Arsenal Stars 8-7 at home Monday. They fell behind 4-1 after two innings, but later rattled off six runs in a three-inning stretch to take a 7-4 lead. The Stars scored one in the seventh, but the Cannons came back with one run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The Stars climbed within one run by scoring two in the eighth, but the Cannons held them off the rest of the way for the win.
Garrett Allen and Brian Tims both led the Cannons with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. They both had two RBIs and scored one run each. Will Clark went 2 for 5 and had one RBI and one run.
Cooper Minnick, who recently was named a Third Team All-American Catcher for his performance during the collegiate season, added one hit and scored one run. Minnick earned First Team All-Conference honors as a catcher for Neosho County at the end of the season, as well.
Collin Nevil, Connor Hurst, Tanner Arst and Dylan Paul all added one hit apiece for the Cannons in the win. The Cannons outhit the Stars 13-10, though they had more errors than the Stars (3-2).
The Cannons picked up a road win with a huge rally over the Clearwater Outlaws to steal a 9-6 victory Tuesday night to move their record to 17-16.
Both teams scored in big chunks most of the game. The Cannons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning after Will Clark scored on a fielder’s choice. He initially reached on an error, and later got to third on a single by Paul.
The Outlaws came back with two runs of their run to take a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
The Cannons struck back in the fourth with a four-run inning. The first four batters reached as Nevil hit a lead-off double. Bryant Klusener drew a walk, and Minnick came through with a two-RBI double.
In the next at-bat, Reynolds blasted a two-run shot to extend the Cannons’ lead to 5-2.
Back came the Outlaws. They scored four runs in another big inning to take a 6-5 lead in the fifth.
That score remained until the ninth inning. The Outlaws threw several wild pitches and gave up a couple of singles as the Cannons rallied to score four more runs for a 9-6 lead. The Cannons got a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half to close out the win.