The Atchison Junior A’s season got off on the wrong foot Wednesday, getting swept in a doubleheader by Doniphan County.
DC beat the A’s 7-1 and 6-1. Atchison’s bats never got clicking against the Doniphan pitching.
Abe Siebenmorgen got the start on the hill for the A’s and was untouched through two innings.
“Abe pitched a great game for us,” said Chuck Trotter, head coach. “We fielded well, but made a couple key mistakes in the third inning allowing them to get some runs.”
DC plated three in the third, but the A’s responded with a run in the top of the fourth. Tate Vowels reached to start the inning and Tate Smith singled.
Doniphan answered in the bottom of the fourth, though, pushing its lead to the eventual final score of 7-1.
Noah Cummins, who pitched the final couple frames in Game 1, got the start on the mound for Atchison in Game 2. Trotter also cycled through some other players to see what they could give the team from the bump.
“We’re trying to discover our pitchers,” he said. “We were missing a couple players.”
DC scored twice in the second inning and added four more in the third. The only run Atchison pushed across the plate came thanks to wild Doniphan pitching. Cummins walked in the fourth inning, then scored when Parker Mispagel, Korrighan Liggett and Colten Kocour walked behind him.
Otherwise, Atchison was held hitless in Game 2.
“We just didn’t hit the ball well, either game,” Trotter said. “Things will get better and we’ll move on.”
The A’s have some time to hit the batting cages. Doubleheaders scheduled for Saturday, June 4 and Friday, June 10 have been canceled. Their next game will be Tuesday, June 14 in Hiawatha.