The Midwest A’s swept the Topeka Senators on Monday and Tuesday, as late inning runs helped seal the victory in both games. With the sweep, the A’s improved to 9-4 on the season and are currently riding a four game winning streak. The standings have not been updated yet for the Mid-Plains League.
Game one of the two game series saw the A’s go to extra innings with the Senators. It was a back and forth battle for most of the game, until the Senators scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-4 lead. The A’s turned on the bats in the eighth inning however, and managed to tie the game.
The inning began with a Matt Fultz single to right field, followed by Conor Behrens walk to put two runners on base with no outs. Jacob Boylan drove in Fultz with a double on the next play, advancing Behrens to third. Two walks later, the A’s scored another run and cut the deficit to four runs.
The inning continued with a Tucker Perkins single to left field, which scored Andrew Kreiling and Eli Lovell with two outs. Travis Stroup drove in the last run of the inning on a two out double to tie the game at 10. Trey Taylor struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth to keep the Senators scoreless, and managed a ground out, a fly out, and strikeout in the ninth to send the game to extras.
The A’s scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning on a Fultz triple and a Behrens single to take a 12-10 lead. Evan Rathburn closed the game for the A’s, as he allowed just one hit in the bottom of the tenth, and ended the game with two strikeouts.
Game two of the series saw even more runs for the A’s, as they held the Senators to just five hits and one run. The first runs of the game didn’t come until the fifth inning, when the A’s took a 2-0 lead.
A leadoff walk by Fultz would get the inning started, as he advanced to second base on a sacrifice by Logan Burke. Fultz crossed the plate after a single by Boylan, and A’s had their first lead of the game. Another run scored in the inning to increase the lead to 2-0.
Tim Roberts had a quality start on the mound for the A’s as he pitched six innings and allowed four hits with three strikeouts. The A’s offense went on to score four runs in the seventh and two runs in the eights to complete the victory and the sweep.
The A’s are now 9-4 on the season, and will face the KC Monarchs tonight at Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit, Mo. at 7 p.m.