Everything started off fairly well for the Atchison Junior A’s on Friday.
After one inning, the A’s led St. Joseph, Missouri by a score of 3-1. Everything fell apart from there, though, as St. Joe won 18-6.
Starting pitcher Noah Cummins lost command of the strike zone in the second inning, and the first three batters reached on two walks and a hit-by-pitch. A single scored a run, then there was another walk and two more hit batters. A double brought two more runs in for St. Joe and the visitors plated five in the inning.
After Atchison went down one-two-three in the bottom of the second, St. Joe piled on even more runs in the third.
Cummins got the leadoff hitter to ground out, but walked the next two batters. Head Coach Chuck Trotter replaced Cummins with Colten Kocour, but the struggle with the strike zone continued.
Kocour gave up a walk, a single, three straight walks and a double that scored two runs before being replaced by Jack Kocour. St. Joe still didn’t let up, smacking a two-run triple to cap off a 10-run inning.
Down 16-3, the A’s showed some life in the bottom of the third. Abe Siebenmorgen hit a double off the bottom of the left field fence and Cummins worked a walk. Ayden Black struck a sinking liner into left that took a large hop over the fielders head. Siebenmorgen and Cummins scored as Black raced to third for a triple. Black then scored on Tate Smith’s ground out to trim the St. Joe lead to 16-6.
The visitors added two in the fourth, eventually winning by run rule, 18-6, in four innings.
St. Joe scored once off of Cummins in the first inning, but the A’s took the lead in the bottom half. Tate Vowels led Atchison’s first with a single and Siebenmorgen knocked a ground rule double.
Cummins scored Vowels with a single and Black drove in Siebenmorgen. Smith’s sacrifice fly to center was deep enough to easily score Cummins to give Atchison a 3-1 lead. However, the lead was short-lived as St. Joe pounced all over Atchison in the second and third innings.
The loss dropped Atchison’s record to 6-5 on the season. The two teams played a second game Friday night and will play again in St. Joe on Sunday, June 26. The results of those games will be in the Wednesday, June 29 edition of the Globe.