Blues use timely hitting to take twinbill from Lakin
By GRANT MELIN
LAKIN — The Finney County Blues allowed Lakin some chances to attack easily but the Blues' play was just enough to get the doubleheader sweep over Lakin, 10-6 and 8-6 at Loucks Field in Lakin on Tuesday.
In Game 1, both the Blues and Lakin got on the board in the first inning. Finney County's Logan Dechant scored first as he came home on a stolen base before Lakin answered right back with Jarett Sauer taking advantage of two errors by Blues third baseman Edgar Montoya to even it up at 1-1.
The Blues then turned up the pressure in the following inning as Mario Montoya and Ian Jones scored on RBI's by Addison DeHerrera and Robert Tomlin. Edgar Montoya and DeHerrera's courtesy runner, Frank Rosas, next followed home after an Isaiah Rodriguez hit to left field, before Robert Tomlin came home on a single to left by Dechant to go up 6-1.
Lakin would get back into the game in the third inning, first with Sauer coming home from third on a bad throw from Blues catcher DeHerrera to Edgar Montoya. Shane Davidson next scored after a sacrifice fly to center field by Logan Litton before Ryder Yakel scored via a single to left field by Brandon Miller to make it a 6-4 Blues advantage.
After Davidson scored again for Lakin on a Yakel double to left field in the fifth inning, the Blues put away Game 1 in the sixth inning for good as Rodriguez and Dechant both came home on a double to left by reserve Marcus Zapata. An error by Lakin shortstop Miller then scored Zapata.
Despite a run by Lakin's Brendon Puckett via a fielder's choice in the in the bottom half of the inning, it would not be enough to stop the 10-6 Blues decision in the first game.
Game 2 had both teams score in the first inning as well. The Blues scored Tomlin and Rodriguez off a double to left from Jake Curran, followed by a wild pitch to allow Dechant to come home. Curran then scored off a first base error. Lakin responded with a stolen base from third for Sauer to come home before wild pitches had Davidson and Litton making it home to pull Lakin within 4-3. The second inning would still be tight as the Blues' Tomlin and Dechant scored before Lakin added two more runs from Caleb Seeger and Sauer to make it 6-5.
Finney County would finally get breathing room in the fourth inning as Dechant scored off a Curran double to left field, followed by a Zapata double to bring home Curran. Sauer would score again for Lakin in the fifth inning off a Davidson single to right field before the Blues escaped with the sweep.
Despite the doubleheader wins, coach Befort still saw work to do.
"We did not do bad, but we've got some work to do as we've got some guys that have some holes in their swings," said Blues coach Lyle Befort. "Our pitchers are still up in the zone. When our pitchers were throwing down in the zone we could beat anybody."
Lakin head coach Chance Kirby also assessed his team on the evening.
"We did well in certain areas but did not do well in execution, but I have to give Garden City credit. They got two bunts down in the second inning, they got them going to a five run inning, good execution on their part," said Kirby.
The Blues, who are now 13-4, travel to the Pratt tournament tomorrow with games at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. before more games at Pratt on Saturday and Sunday.
Lakin, now 5-7, plays Goodland on Tuesday.
Finney Co. Blues 10, Lakin 6
FC Blues 150 003 1 — 10 15 5
Lakin 103 011 0 — 6 8 3
WP--M. Montoya; LP--Yakel. FC Blues--M. Montoya and DeHerrera; Lakin--Yakel, Litton and Litton, Sauer.
2B--FC Blues (Dechant (2), Zapata), Lakin (Yakel).
Finney Co. Blues 8, Lakin 6
FC Blues 420 20 — 8 6 1
Lakin 320 01 — 6 5 3
WP--Dechant ; LP--Litton. FC Blues--Dechant and DeHerrera; Lakin--Gilleland, Litton and Litton, Sauer.
2B--FC Blues (Curran, Zapata); Lakin (Davidson).