Prior to Saturday, Seneca had given the Atchison Senior A’s fits all season.
In three previous games, Seneca had outscored Atchison, 30-2, for three easy wins. The A’s exacted a bit of revenge on Saturday, however, earning a doubleheader split at home. Atchison won Game 1, 6-5, before losing Game 2, 9-3.
“(Seneca) is a good overall team, and they were No. 1 in the league until we split with them,” said A’s head coach Chuck Trotter.
Game 1 was a thriller. The A’s trailed 5-4 in the seventh and final inning and were down to their final out, but James Boatwright came through with a 2 RBI single to score Dillon Kramer and Jake Schmidt for the win.
Boatwright’s single was the final swing of emotion in a tight game.
Atchison led 4-3 entering the seventh, but Seneca got a two-run home run to take the lead. It could have been a knock-out blow, but the A’s responded in the bottom of the frame.
“I was really glad we came back because Cole (Siebenmorgen) pitched a great game,” Trotter said. “When that kid hit the home run, it could have been a game-changer, but fortunately James came back in the bottom of the seventh and got a hit. He did a good job of coming from the nine-hole to get the hit.”
Boatwright was 2-for-3 in the game. Lane Fry had three hits and Kramer knocked two singles and scored twice.
Siebenmorgen went the distance on the mound, striking out seven batters.
The visitors answered the second game. After Atchison held an early, 1-0 lead, Seneca scored once in the second inning and three times in the third. Two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh gave Seneca a comfortable lead while the A’s struggled to find any offense.
The split leaves Atchison with a 9-9 record and the No. 4 seed in its Zone Tournament, which will be hosted by the A’s. They’ll play Oskaloosa at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 20.
Prior to zone, the A’s will host Sabetha at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 15.