SALINA, Kans – The Hutchinson Monarchs (6-2) snagged a late lead and defeated Salina Shock 15-14 Saturday to keep their 4 game winning streak alive.
The game was tied at 14 with the Monarchs batting in the top of the ninth when Dylan Nedved’s sac fly scored one run for Hutchinson Monarchs.
Hutchinson Monarchs built an eight-run lead in the fifth inning and then held off Salina Shock’s charge. Salina Shock put up 11 runs in the failed comeback. Sam Creed, Cam Wessel, Jake Passow, John Oliver, Colton Moore, and Kyle Starcher came through with RBIs to lead the rally.
Hutchinson took the lead early in the game in the second inning as Brayden Whitchurch drove in two with a rbi single.
In the top of the seventh inning, Hutchinson tied things up at 14 when Taylor Barber homered on a 3-2 count, scoring three runs.
Salina Shock scored seven runs in the fifth inning as Salina’s Creed, Wessel, Passow, Oliver, and Mooreeach drove in runs during the inning.
Joshua Fortenberry toed the rubber for Hutchinson Monarchs. He allowed ten hits and eight runs over four and two-thirds innings, striking out six.
Justan Bailey started for Salina. He surrendered 11 runs on ten hits over five innings, striking out six. Joshua Robinson and Bryan Lawrence entered the game as relief, throwing three innings and one inning respectively.
Hutchinson Monarchs smacked five home runs on the day. Nedved went for the long ball in the fifth inning. Whitchurch went deep in the third inning. Barber had a dinger in the second, fifth, and seventh innings.
Hutchinson Monarchs had 15 hits in the game. Nedved, Barber, Jeremiah Ceasar, Whitchurch, and Colton Cowser all had multiple hits for Hutchinson Monarchs. Nedved went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Hutchinson Monarchs in hits.
Salina Shock racked up 18 hits in the game. Mike Karam, Moore, Ryan Chargo, Creed, Wessel, and Oliver each racked up multiple hits for Salina Shock. Karam led Salina Shock with four hits in six at bats.
The Monarchs return to Eck Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University on Tuesday as they take on the El Dorado Broncos at 8 pm.
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