LINDSBORG—The Bethany baseball squad was back in action on their home turf today in a rivalry series with Kansas Wesleyan University. In the First Bank Kansas Smoky Hill Showdown, the Swedes picked up a 4-0 win in the first game and went to through 11 innings in the second with no winner decided before the game was suspended due to darkness.
BTHY – 7, KWU – 0
The Swedes started scoring in the bottom of the second inning plating two runs. Joseph Kelleher, junior outfielder, singled to short before moving into scoring position on a Brandon Peters, sophomore outfielder, single up the middle. Justan Bailey, junior outfielder, then singled up the middle to load up the bases. Mike Lowery, senior infielder, then singled to right field to score Kelleher and Peters.
Bethany added two more in the bottom of the fifth. Lowery kicked things off with double to left-center. He then moved to third on a Luis Duran, senior infielder, ground ball. Evan Schwab, junior catcher, then singled to left to score Lowery. Zac Myrick, senior courtesy runner, then came in for Schwab. Myrick was able to cross home on a Braden Scrivner, junior designated hitter, double down the left field line.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Swedes added a single run that started with a Schwab double down the right field line. Myrick then came in to run for Schwab. A fly ball by Scrivner then moved Myrick to third before he scored on a Kelleher single to short.
The Swedes tacked on their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Peters got on by a hit by pitch before Dan Morgan, junior pinch runner, then came in to run for Peters. Bailey then put down a sacrifice bunt to move Morgan into scoring position. A passed ball moved Morgan to third. A Lowery single to right center scored Morgan. A wild pitch allowed Lowery to move to second before he scored on a Coyote error.
Lowery and Schwab each went 3-for-4 in the game. Lowery added three runs batted in to his line while Schwab had one. Kelleher and Peters had two hits in the contest and four other Swedes notched hits in the game.
Edwar Melendez, senior pitcher, pitched a complete game shut out allowing just four hits in the contest with 10 strikeouts on the day.
BTHY – 8, KWU – 8 (Suspended in the top of the 12th)
Again the Swedes started things off in the bottom of the first inning with two runs. Lowery singled to left before moving to second on a Tyler Horchem, senior infielder, ground ball. Duran then reached on a Coyote error, making it to second base. Duran then moved to third on a Schwab ground ball. Duran was then able to score on a Scrivner single to left.
Kansas Wesleyan was able to answer with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.
However, Bethany continued in the second inning with a solo run. Peters started with a single down the right field line. Horchem then reached on a KWU error that scored Peters.
The Coyotes again tied things up in the top of the third with a solo run.
The Swedes took the lead again the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs. Horchem singled through the left side before scoring from first on Scriver's double to deep left-center. Myrick then came in to run for Scriver. He was able to score on a Kelleher single to right field.
KWU took their first lead of the game in the top of the seventh inning with four runs. However, Bethany was able to answer with two more runs to send the game into extra innings. Duran reached base on a walk before moving to third on a Kelleher double down the right field line. James Duvall, senior pinch hitter, then came in to single to shallow left, scoring Duran and Kelleher.
Both teams then went quiet until the top of the tenth inning when the Coyotes plated one run. However, the Swedes were able to answer with a run of their own to stay alive in the contest. Bailey started things with a triple before Lowery walked his way on base. A Horchem ground ball tied up the defense, allowing Bailey to score on the play.
The teams then went scoreless through the 11th inning before the sun disappeared and the game was suspended.
Up Next . . .
The teams will pick things up in top of the 12th inning before playing their third and final contest of the series on Sunday, Mar. 17. The suspended contest is set to begin at 1 p.m.