KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Midland University’s baseball team once again hit the road this spring in search of warmer weather to get some games in. This past Friday the Warriors took on Baker University in a neutral site game at the Kansas City Royals’ Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. The two teams split the doubleheader with the Wildcats winning game one 5-4 and the Warriors winning the second by a score of 14-2.
In the opener it was Midland striking first as Austin Hamilton drove in a pair of runs on a single in the 2nd inning. Hunter Holverson scored one of the runs pinch running for Jack Barrios who singles to begin the inning. Darius Johnson scored the other after drawing a walk.
Midland would extend their lead in the 4th as Johnson scored again on a wild throw following a steal of third base. He stole second base as well that inning after legging out an infield single.
Baker finally broke through against the Midland pitching staff in the bottom of the 4th. After getting a runner at third via a triple to start the inning, a two-out single to right field drove in the first score for the Wildcats.
They would add to the comeback in the 5th with a pair of runs during a two-out rally. The first came after a wild throw but the Midland cutoff man. The second came three batters later on a bases loaded walk.
Each team scored once more in the 6th to make it 4-4 heading into the final frame. James Kaiser scored for Midland on a two-out single by Hamilton while the Wildcats also scored two-out single.
In the 7th, after keeping the Warriors in check, Baker was able to drive home the winning run with a walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the 7th after a pair of walks.
Matt Abdelnour, who moved to the mound from his designated hitter position, was saddled with the loss for Midland, going 0.2 inning with 2 hits and 2 walks allowed.
The Warriors shored things up in the second game of the doubleheader scoring at least one run in five of the seven innings while limiting the Wildcats to just two runs in the 3rd inning.
Barrios led the way for Midland going 4-5 with 4 RBI and scoring 1 run. Kaiser, Abdelnour, and Jacob Perez all had three hits in the ballgame as well, driving in a combined 3 RBI and scoring 7 runs.
Midland’s biggest inning at the plate was the 6th, when they scored five runs. The first five batters all reached base safely scoring two runs in the process. Three more Warriors would come in before Perez, started the inning with a double to left field, struck out in his second appearance of the inning.
The Warriors went with a pitcher by committee for the game with starter Luke Egging and credited-winner Evan Appenzeller going more than an inning. Egging gave up two hits in 2.0 innings while Appenzeller went 1.2 innings allowed one walk and struck out three.
Midland (6-8) will next face Concordia University-Ann Arbor in Jacksonville, Illinois for a pair of doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday, March 10-11.