Kingman rally shocks Bat Cats, 6-5


BY JIM MISUNAS
jmsiunas@gbtribune.com

As losses go, this one hurt the Great Bend Bat Cats.

Kingman rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a wild and crazy 6-5 comeback victory Saturday to hand the Bat Cats their fifth loss in six games. Great Bend (20-8, 16-7) has lost four of the past six games after taking an early lead.

As they say in the big leagues — it was a team effort. The Bat Cats contributed to their own demise with six walks, four errors and four hit batters. Kingman’s first runs scored after two walks and a hit batter. The final three runs scored after errors.

Did we mention the game was delayed by water sprinklers being activated?

Bat Cats reliever Brett Allen gift wrapped Kingman’s 5-run eighth inning with two walks and a hit batter before Gavin Beratta delivered a 2-run double. Two more runs scored when Bat Cat first baseman Simon Larranaga committed two errors on one play. Larranaga’s foot missed first base on Allen’s throw on a groundball by Bradley Neill. Two runs scored when Larranaga threw the ball past catcher Si Schumacher. Gavin Djorovic’s RBI single made it 5-3. Right fielder Colby Christian saved the ballgame by throwing out Djorovic at home on Ezrra Farmer’s single.

Riley Silva scored on Christian’s eighth-inning groundout for a 5-4 score. George Austin’s error on a bunt by Derick Johnson handed Kingman an unearned run when Hogan Shelby scored on a Ben Waliczek groundball for a 6-4 lead.

Before the drama ended, outfield sprinklers triggered, making for a brief delay. When playing resumed, Bodi Wallar’s walk forced home Dawson French. Reliever Mason Munz struck out Christian to end the ballgame. Kingman celebrated like the Islanders won the NBC World Series.

The Mudville Nine had lost again.

Kingman 000 000 051 — 6 8 3

GB Bat Cats 000 000 011 — 5 7 1

Maley, Russell (7), Munz (9) and Foufoulas. Rose, Brett Allen (6), Austin (8), Howell (9) and Schumacher. W—Russell. L—B. Allen 0-1. SV—Munz. 2B—GB—Amaral; K—Beratta.

2022 BAT CATS SCHEDULE

BAT CATS (20-8, 16-7)

W—McPherson Pipeliners 12-5 (W Albus 1-0)

W—Hays Larks 5-3 (W Lanik 1-0)

L— Hays Larks, 0-8 (L Gonzalez 0-1)

W —316 Elite, 9-5 (W Stuart 1-0)

W — 316 Elite, 3-2 (W Austin 1-0)

W—Dodge City A’s, 5-2 (W Riley 1-0)

W—Dodge City A’s, 18-1 (W Tower 1-0)

W—Mulvane Patriots, 15-2 (W Lanik 2-0)

W—Mulvane Patriots, 7-1 (W Gonzalez 1-1)

W— Mulvane Patriots, 8-0 (W Albus 2-0)

W— Mulvane Patriots, 11-0 (W Stuart 2-0)

W—316 Elite, 15-0 (W Nedved 1-0)

W—316 Elite, 13-1 (W Howell 1-0)

W—Newton Rebels, 4-1 (W Tower 2-0)

W—Newton Rebels, 11-7 (W Austin 2-0)

W—Newton Rebels, 6-3 (W Lanik 3-0)

L—Newton Rebels, 2-6 (L Albus 1-2)

L—Haysville Aviators, 3-4 (L Rose 0-1)

W—Haysville Aviators, 8-1 (W Tower 3-0)

W—Haysville Aviators, 6-3 (W Lanik 4-0)

W—Haysville Aviators, 7-5 (W Riley 2-0)

W—Hutchinson Monarchs, 4-3 (W Thornton 1-0)

L—Hutchinson Monarchs, 2-6 (L Albus 1-3)

L—Hutchinson Monarchs, 6-14 (L Tower 2-1)

L—Hutchinson Monarchs, 3-7 (L Lanik 4-1)

W—Kingman Islanders, 17-1 (W Stuart 3-1)

L—Kingman Islanders, 3-4 (L Nedved 2-1)

L—Kingman Islanders, 5-6 (L Brett Allen 0-1)

7-3—at Kingman Islanders, 3

7-7—Derby Twins, 7

7-9—Derby Twins, 6

7-10—at Derby Twins, 7

7-12—Cheney, 7

7-13—at Cheney, 7

7-14—Cheney, 7

7-15—at Cheney, 7

7-18—at Wichita Lobos, 7

7-19—Wichita Lobos, 7

7-20—at Wichita Lobos, 7

7-21—Wichita Lobos, 7

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