GOODLAND, KS — The Goodland Cowboy baseball team was able to put an end to its five game losing streak on Thursday’s senior day double-header and do something they hadn’t done in five years. But it still left GHS wanting more after they split with Hays TMP. Goodland taking game one 5-1 but they falling in game two 19-13.
Game one saw the Cowboys play maybe their most complete games of the season. Cowboys took the lead 3-0 thanks to a Cole Linton double and a pair of ground outs from Gentry Deeds & Kyan Ensign. Goodland would tack on another run in the fourth and an insurance run in the sixth, both off Linton hits.
TMP’s lone run in game one came off Caden Morgan ground out pushing across Mark Rack, who only got to third thanks to the Cowboys lone errors on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt at first earlier in the inning.
Linton not only powered GHS at the plate with his 4-4, three RBI day, he also once again was great on the mound going distance allowing just one unearned run on four hits while striking out nine to earn the win. Kaleb Duell had a two his day for Goodland including a double & Mason Hernandez accounted for two of the Cowboys runs.
Two TMP players accounted for four of their five game one hits in Jace Wentling & Mark Rack. Caden took the loss allowing five runs on 11 hits over six innings with five K’s.
The win for Goodland was their first over the Monarchs since 2016.
The offensive momentum that Goodland gained in game one rolled right into game two as GHS stormed out to an 11-2 lead thru four innings thanks in part to four extra base hits. Then in the top of the fifth Goodland starter Octavio Gonzalez started to wear down and TMP took advantage sending 13 hitters to the plate and scoring 11 runs to take the lead 13-11.
Teams would trade runs in the sixth before TMP would add four more insurance runs in the seventh and pull away for the 19-13 win.
Bryon Waters, Manny Gonzalez, Cole Linton all had two hits in the loss. Octavio Gonzalez had just one hit but drove in four. He also took the loss on the mound allowing ten runs on ten hits in 4 2/3 innings worked with six strikeouts.
After a rocky start by TMP Mark Rack, Nick Hermman came in a settle the Goodland bats down a bit working 5 2/3 innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Offensively, six different Monarchs had multiple hits, with three of them (Wentling, Rack & Mason Davison) having three hit performances.
The split ended losing streaks for both teams: five for Goodland & six for TMP. Goodland now sits at 7-10 overall & TMP is 8-8.
Goodland will conclude its regular season play on Tuesday down at Cimarron. The Monarchs will return home to host Garden City on Tuesday.
Coach Dev Mull Postgame