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 March 14, 2013

Crowder College pounded out 18 hits, four for extra bases including a grand slam home run, against five Hutchinson Community College pitchers as the Blue Dragons fell 13-5 in a mid-week single nine-inning battle on Wednesday afternoon at Hobart-Detter Field.

The Blue Dragons allowed seasons highs for runs allowed and hits allowed and tied a season worst six walks allowed.

Hutchinson led 1-0 through two innings, but Crowder scored two in the third to take the lead and exploded for six runs on six hits in the fourth and four more in the seventh on Cody Webster’s grand slam home run to center field.

The Blue Dragons (6-7) were out-hit 18-8. Each team had three errors apiece.

Freshmen Quintin Crandal and Josh Kunzmann had the only multi-hit games of the day for Hutchinson. Crandal went 2 for 3 with his third double of the season and a run scored. Kunzmann was 2 for 4 with a double and run scored.

Sophomore Cooper Langley had his first career home run and freshman Dakota Shadoan added a double. Sophomores Christian Cox, B.B. Kimbrel and Jordan Maynard all drove in runs. The Blue Dragons stranded 12 runners on base, including eight in scoring position. HCC was 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position.

The top six batters in the Crowder lineup were a combined 15 for 34 for 12 RBIs and seven runs scored. Tony Sandifer and Matt Burgess had three hits each. Every Crowder starter had at least one hit.

Freshman Kyle Simonds (LP, 0-1) got off to a great start, retiring the first six batters he faced. But in the third inning, things began to unravel, especially after an error that led to an unearned run that gave Crowder a 2-1 lead. Then in the third, Crowder strung together four-straight RBI hits from the top of the order to build on its lead. Crowder sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on six hits to give Crowder an 8-1 lead after 3 ½ innings.

The Blue Dragons got two back on a bases- walk and bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to pull within 8-3, but Crowder continued to get baserunners and drive them in. Crowder had one run in the fifth and Webster’s grand slam in the eighth.

Simonds (0-1), who took the loss, worked 2 2-3 innings. He allowed just two hits two runs, one earned run and a walk while striking out two.

Logan Landon had a rough outing. He tossed 2-3 inning an and gave up five hits and six runs. Cameron Solko pitched one inning, Ryan Sprinkle threw 2 2-3 innings and Zach Eden mopped up over the final two innings. He had a season-high five strikeouts.

The Blue Dragons will travel to Alva, Okla., on Saturday to play Western Oklahoma State in a newly scheduled doubleheader at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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