Home, sweet home for MCC baseball squad
For the McCook Community College baseball team, there's nothing better than home cooking.
The Indians like the friendly confines at the Jaycees Sports Complex. After tough back-to-back Empire League road trips to Colorado the past two weekends, MCC is back home for seven games this week, and so far, so good.
Coach Jon Olsen's crew claimed their third straight win with Wednesday evening's 10-2 decision over Colby (Kansas) Community College.
MCC got off to a great start Wednesday, jumping to an 8-0 lead after two innings.
"That was big," Coach Olsen said about his team's fast start. "Matt (Trujillo) threw a really good first inning, then we were able to get three (runs) in the first and five in the second. (Colby) brought a couple of other guys in that did a pretty good job (pitching) and they kind of shut us down a little bit. We got the nice home run there in the fourth, then pitching and defense did the rest."
After Trujillo sat Colby down in order, McCook's bats went to work in the bottom of the first inning. The Indians scored three runs on RBI singles by Eric Montes and Brandon Nickolite, and Montes later scored when Colby misplayed a grounder by Erik Griffith.
MCC added five more runs in the second. Tommy Barnes delivered an RBI single, then Montes drove in a pair of runs with a double. Julian Cutolo and Kyle Gamble later added RBI singles for the Indians.
Colby scored a single run in the top of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, MCC padded the lead as Montes singled, then Griffith lined a home run over the left field fence for a 10-1 lead. Colby scored once more in the eighth for the final margin.
Trujillo went seven innings, allowing just four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Matt Rohrig pitched the eighth inning for MCC, and he gave up a run on one his and one walk. Jordan Krenik worked the final frame, setting down Colby in order to end the game.
"I was really impressed with Matt Trujillo," Coach Olsen said. "It was his second start of the year. He's pitched well in both starts against good teams. Colby is a good team. They came in at 28-14, second place in the Jayhawk West League. It was a good win for us."
McCook outhit Colby 11-5. Montes led the attack with three hits and three RBI. Gamble also had two hits, and Griffith knocked in three runs.
Coach Olsen is hoping Wednesday's offensive attack will mark the end of a mid-season slump for his squad.
"I hope so. We've struggled to swing it through the middle (of the schedule) so hopefully we'll pick it up a little bit," Olsen said. "We're kind of in the home stretch (of the season).
"I felt good about coming home and playing. We have a lot of games at home. We got back at home and we're 3-0 at home since we've got back. We've played pretty good at home. Hopefully we can continue with this little stretch."
Tuesday's home wins
McCook entertained the Concordia University junior varsity Tuesday at the Jaycees Complex. MCC edged the Seward, Nebraska squad 1-0 in the opening game, then the Indians romped to a 10-0, six-inning win in the nightcap.
In the first game Tuesday, McCook scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Pacheco reached base on an error, stole second and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Pacheco then scored on a wild pitch.
Dakota Roehl won the pitcher's dual for MCC. Roehl went the distance, allowing four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Concordia's Heath Benker lost despite giving up just two hits in seven innings. Benker struck out seven McCook batters, but one of his two wild pitches proved costly.
Alex Murphy shut down Concordia in Tuesday's second game. Murphy pitched a one-hit shutout, surrendering just two walks with four strikeouts in six innings of mound duty.
MCC benefitted from an 11-hit attack, led by Tommy Barnes with three hits. Blake Vaughn and Brandon Pacheco added a pair of hits each. Eric Montes also knocked in a pair of runs.