The Midwest A’s defeated the Baldwin City Blues in commanding fashion on Wednesday night, as they took both games of a double header to improve to 7-4 on the season. It was a shutout for the A’s in game 1, as they routed the Blues 15-0.
The A’s came out of the gate firing, as they scored eight runs in the first inning that began with a leadoff walk to Sean Maruo. Tucker Perkins drove Maruo in with a double to left field, which was followed by another walk to Jacob Boylan. After a strikeout from Logan Burke, Andrew Kreiling cleared the bases with a double to bring in two more runs. Four more singles and one double later, the Midwest A’s had a commanding 8-0 lead to start the game.
Tim Roberts was on the mound for the A’s, and he put on quite the clinic to shut down the Blues. He began the night with a hitless, scoreless first inning, and allowed just two hits on the night. Roberts struck out 5 batters on the night, and earned his first win of the season in complete game fashion.
The A’s brought seven more runs across the plate in the fourth inning. The Blues pitchers struggled with command all night, as they issued six walks in the fourth inning. Despite only three hits in inning, the A’s took advantage of the walks and sealed the victory.
Game two saw more offensive from Baldwin City, but not enough to beat the A’s. The A’s scored one run to begin the game in the first inning. Following a leadoff single by Sean Maruo, Jacob Boylan hit a two out, RBI single to bring across the first run of the game.
The Blues responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. A leadoff single would start the inning for the Blues, and a walk and an error loaded the bases. A one out single drove in two runs, and the inning ended with a double play.
The A’s regained the lead in the third inning with two walks and two singles, and scored another in the fourth with a Sean Maruo RBI double. The Blues tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with two singles and an error committed by the A’s.
The A’s pulled away in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring three runs and one run, respectively. The Blues tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, but fell two runs short as the A’s walked away winners.
The double header sweep puts the A’s in second place in the Mid-Plains League, behind only the Junction City Brigade. The A’s dropped a three game series against Junction City earlier this month. After losing the first two games, they were able to salvage the series with a 6-2 win.
The A’s are scheduled to play the Topeka Senators in Topeka for a three game series on June 15-16. The first two games are a double header at 5 and 7 p.m. on June 15, and the third game on June 16 at 7 p.m.