HIAWATHA – A slow drip can eventually become a steady stream flowing throw a larger crack.
Plumbers know it to be true, but the same applies in baseball, as well.
The Atchison Junior A’s beat Hiawatha 10-2 on Tuesday night, but the blowout win didn’t happen thanks to one inning. Instead, a run here and a couple more there eventually led to the lopsided score.
Hiawatha actually cracked the scoreboard first, plating one run against Atchison’s Ayden Black in the bottom of the first. The A’s responded right away, though.
Colten Kocour singled and Black walked in the top of the second, with both runners scoring on Jack Kocour’s double.
Black kept Hiawatha off the board in the second, and Atchison’s bats went back to work in the third.
Kevin Scott worked a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tate Vowels. Scott was brought home when Abe Siebenmorgen doubled and the A’s held a 3-1 lead after three innings.
That lead began to expand in the fourth, thanks in large part to Hiawatha’s inability to throw strikes.
Noah Cummins and Colten Kocour walked to lead off the inning and both scored on back-to-back singles. Black scored on a wild pitch and the A’s took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
Hiawatha found some success in the bottom of the inning. A walk, single and a double brought in the home team’s second run of the game and Cummins was brought in to squelch Hiawatha’s positive momentum. He did just that, striking out a batter and getting the third out on a fly ball to right field.
Atchison answered Hiawatha’s run with three of its own. Vowels singled to start the fifth, later scoring on a wild pitch. Siebenmorgen reached on an error and scored on a bases loaded walk. Colby Weishaar also walked with the bases loaded, scoring Tate Smith.
Cummins didn’t allow a run in the bottom of the frame and the A’s were able to push another run across in the sixth. Vowels doubled and scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 10-2.
When Hiawatha was held scoreless in the bottom of the frame, the game ended on the run rule.
The win was the first for the A’s, improving their record to 1-2 on the season. The score for the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Hiawatha was unavailable by press time.
The A’s will play at 6 p.m. Friday, June 17 against Hiawatha in the first round of the Doniphan County Tournament in Wathena. The winner of that game will play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 and the loser will play at noon on Saturday.