Other than a small blip on the radar, the Atchison Junior A’s dominated Holton on Tuesday night in Atchison.
The A’s won Game 1 18-9 in five innings, then won Game 2 10-0 in four innings.
Ayden Black took the bump for Atchison in the first game, pitching the first three innings. He allowed two unearned runs in the first, then kept Holton off the board in the second and third.
The Atchison bats backed up Black’s effort. After the first two hitters were set down in the bottom of the first, Noah Cummins coaxed a walk from the Holton pitcher. He stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error.
Black helped his own cause, singling in Cummins and scoring on Colten Kocour’s single. Levi Navinskey and Kocour both scored on another Holton error.
Up 4-2 in the second, the A’s inflicted more damage.
The first seven batters who came to the plate in the inning reached and scored. Cummins ripped a bases-loaded double to score two runs, Tate Smith scored two more with a single, and Tate Vowels, Black and Kocour each drove in a run to put Atchison in front 11-2.
The A’s scored two more in the bottom of the third to move ahead 13-2, but Holton was ready to make a charge in the fourth.
Replacing Black on the mound, Kocour struggled to find the strike zone. He walked three before recording a strikeout. Another walk brought in a run, but another strikeout put Atchison one out away from getting out of the inning. However, Holton’s inning continued with a hit batter, a walk and an error. Jack Kocour came on to finish the inning with a strikeout, but Holton plated seven runs without recording a hit.
With their lead down to 4 runs, the A’s answered with three in the bottom of the fourth. Smith, Colby Weishaar and Parker Mispagel all singled, and each came around to score. When two more runs scored in the bottom of the fifth, the game was called due to run rule.
There was no blip on the radar in the second game. Atchison scored once in the first, five times in the second, and then twice in each of the third and fourth to end the game in four innings by the score of 10-0.
Abe Siebenmorgen and Noah Cummins each knocked in two runs in the second, and Smith brought home a run in the second and third.
Meanwhile, Siebenmorgen was lights out on the mound. He struck out the first batter of the game, then gave up a single before picking the runner off.
After another single, Siebenmorgen ended the inning with a strikeout, which began a streak of nine strikeouts in a row. He sat down Holton in order with strikeouts in the second and third innings, then struck out the first two batters in the fourth. His streak came to an end on the last out of the game, a ground out to Cummins at short stop.
Siebenmorgen totaled 10 punch outs.
The complete offensive and pitching performance was exactly what head coach Chuck Trotter was looking for.
“We finally put things together,” Trotter said. “We had guys on base; we got key hits to get them in. Pitchers pitched very well. It was a good night.”