SCOTT CITY, KS — The Goodland baseball team made things interesting for a while upsetting Scott City 6-5 but eventually their 2019 season came to a close in the semifinals of the regional playoffs in Scott City Monday evening falling to Hugoton 13-7.
The Cowboys surprised a lot of people early on in the day when they upset the second seeded Scott City Beavers. GHS got a great performance on the mound from senior Ryan Volk as he went six innings and only allowed five runs while striking out four. Cowboys bats, which had been cold for about five weeks came to life early on scoring four runs in the second highlighted by a D.J. Knox RBI double, chasing Scott starter Easton Lorg from the game.
GHS would also score two more runs in the top of the sixth and it would turn out that the Cowboys would need those runs due to Scott putting up a two spot in the bottom of the seventh. The game would end in interesting fashion as Goodland catcher Andy Wood would throw out Kevin Herman trying to steal third.
Chase Johnson and Andy Wood lead the offensive attack. Johnson with two RBI’s and Wood with two hits. The Cowboys also got contributions from a couple of unexpected players as Robbie Lawson & David Wood each got their first hits of the season.
The win snapped a 12 game losing streak for GHS and would send them to the semifinals against Hugoton later that day.
In the Hugoton game, the momentum from game one carried over initially for the Cowboys as they scored three runs top of the first and another in the top of the second. Hugoton would gather itself and score five runs in the bottom of the second chase starter Henry Cole from the hill.
Goodland would only score two more times in the fourth & once more in the seventh. While the Eagles would score seven more runs over the last three frames highlighted by an Ivan Valles three-run double which blew the game open in the fifth.
After Cole could only get thru an inning Trevor Daise came in relief for Goodland but struggled to find the zone allowing nine runs and walking seven Hugoton batters. Goodland’s offense was led by the top of the order as Chase Johnson, Ryan Volk & Andy Wood combined for five of the six Cowboy hits in the game. They were also responsible for five of the seven Goodland runs.
The loss ended the Cowboys 2019 season with a 4-16 overall record, their worst since 2014.
PHOTO CREDIT: Leon Volk