BAXTER SPRINGS - Baxter Springs added four more wins to their 2017 record last week, bringing them up to 13-4 on the season. They beat Galena 3-0 and 7-1 at home, and then traveled to Columbus for run-ruled victories of 12-1 and 14-2.
Galena and Baxter Springs started the first game each going 1-2-3. In the second inning the Bulldogs stranded two after two base hits. With the first pair of batters out for the Lions, they got their first two runs. Freshman Caleb Arnall singled, and senior Austin Williams hit a RBI double. Then Drake Shaw, Brant Trease, and Jarett Dotson singled in the second run.
The Lions went to 3-0 after Kaid Karnes singled and scored on Noah Wilson’s double. Baxter Springs left runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings after Williams led off with a base hit in the fourth, and Wilson was left on after his double in the fifth. Galena couldn’t score in the sixth after receiving a walk, and getting a base hit. Senior Dodson for the game struck out seven, and gave up three hits.
Karnes picked the second game win striking out 15, and allowing only a double and four base hits.
Galena scored their only run in the first inning with a double, and a Lion error. In the inning Karnes singled, but was left on base.
Lefty Karnes struck out the Bulldogs in the second inning. The Lions scored four runs in their half of the second. Vance Aquith and Arnall led off with base hits, and came across when Williams reached on an error. Williams reached third on Shaw’s sacrifice bunt. Trease scored Williams with a base hit, and scored on Dodson’s double. Baxter Springs sent nine batters to the plate and left two in the field.
Galena went 1-2 3 in the third inning. Asquith, Arnall, and Trease had base hits, but couldn’t score. The Bulldogs had two singles in the fourth inning, but Karnes got the third out with a K. In the inning Dotson and Karnes singled, but were stranded.
Karnes again struck out the side in the fifth. Baxter Springs added three more runs in the inning and batted eight. Arnall reached on an error, and Williams singled moving Arnall to second base, and Korbin Frisbee walked. Trease moved the runners on his base hit. With bases loaded, Dodson walked bringing in Williams. Nate Thompson’s base hit brought in Frisbee and Trease.
In the sixth inning Galena again went 1-2-3 with Karnes’ two strike outs. The Lions left the bases loaded after William’s single, Aquith reached on an error, and Shaw walked. Galena tried to score in the seventh with a single and a walk. Karnes got the third out K to end the game.
In the two run games against Columbus, senior Thompson in the first game pitched the first three innings, allowing a double and a single. Arnall in relief in two innings struck out two and gave up one base hit. In the second game Landon Abbott pitched the five innings giving up three base hits, and struck out six.
Karnes had a double and a single in the first game. Dotson and Shaw each had two singles, Wilson knocked a double and a single, with Trease adding a base hit. Thompson was hit by pitch twice.
Shaw rapped a double in the second game. Wilson had two singles, and Dotson and Thompson each reached with singles. The Lions were aided with seven base on balls, and three hit batters.
Ridge Smith and Ty Perry had the only hits for the Titans in the opener. Jared Graham in the second game had a two-RBI base hit, and Peyton Hale had a double and a base hit. Tommy Shallenburger had a chance for an inside-the-park home run, but the umpire said he missed third base.