On a dreary Wednesday afternoon in Hutchinson, the Sterling College Warriors (43-12, 24-4) defeated the Bethany College Swedes (23-28, 13-15) 12-6 in the second game of the 2013 KCAC Baseball Championship Tournament.
Errors were a factor in the game, as only four of the 18 runs scored by the two teams were earned. Combined, the teams committed 10 errors.
Sterling jumped ahead early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Joe Battaglia was credited with the first RBI of the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Andrew Clark followed with a sacrifice fly to left field. The final run of the inning scored on when Jared Forbush crossed home plate on a Bethany error.
Warrior starting pitcher Wesley Tramble struck out the first three batters he faced and recorded seven outs before giving up the first Swede run of the ballgame in the bottom of the third inning.
Tramble would leave the game with a no decision after throwing 2 1/3 innings and giving up five runs, all unearned, on four hits with four strikeouts.
A Forbush double in the top of the second inning would score Anthony Stewart to give Sterling a 4-0 lead through two innings.
Swede starter Jordan Geiger would settle in after the second inning and hold Sterling scoreless in the third through seventh innings.
In the game, Geiger would through 143 pitches in eight innings of work and gave up 10 runs, three earned, on 11 hits with three strikeouts.
Bethany would bounce back in the bottom of the third inning. Matt Gabrielson was the first base runner for the Swedes, reaching on a one out walk.
Roeman Fields would advance Gabrielson to second and reach first on a Sterling error. Geiger, hitting the four hole, would load the bases when he reached on an error. With the bases loaded, Christian Ornelas would hit an RBI single and then would score on Jon.
Suda's three RBI triple to tie the game. The Swedes would then take the lead on Jose Rodriguez double before the end of the inning. After three innings, Bethany led Sterling 5-4.
Sterling would regain the lead in the top of the sixth inning Jaysen Coleman would score when Forbush reached on a Swede error. Battaglia would hit an RBI single to score Forbush before Daniel Hall would ground out to end the inning.
Fields would hit a one out double in the seventh and then score on a Geiger single to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.
The Warriors brought in Matt Jackson to finish out the bottom of the seventh. Jackson would get Ornelas to fly out and then Suda to ground into an inning ending fielder's choice.
Page 2 of 2 - Jackson would go down as the pitcher of record for Sterling, earning the win on 2 2/3 innings of work and giving up one hit and striking out three.
Sterling regained the lead in the top of the eighth when the Warriors scored four runs on two hits and two Swede errors.
Stewart scored the firstrun of the inning on Forbush's triple.
Andrew Clark would reach on a Swede error that scored Forbush. Ian Josh hit a two RBI single, scoring Battaglia and Clark to round out the scoring in the inning.
Sterling advances to face the winner of Friends and No. 1 seed Tabor on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Bethany College and McPherson College will square off tonight at 7 p.m. in the first elimination game. The winner will play the loser of Friends/Tabor Friday morning at 11 a.m.