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Big innings propel Cogs to doubleheader sweep

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 9:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 8:33 a.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Genoa-Kinston's Andrew Caldwell hits the ball in the second inning against Sandwich on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

GENOA – The Genoa-Kingston high school baseball team scored 19 runs over its doubleheader sweep against Sandwich Saturday afternoon. The Cogs won Game 1, 9-5, and defeated the Indians 10-3 in Game 2.

Of those 19 runs, nine were scored in the fifth and sixth innings, as those big late innings left nothing in doubt in the sweep.

“We have been kind of streaky,” G-K head coach Anson Ellis said. “Today, it was top through bottom (that) hit. I think that it was a little more consistent throughout the order today.”

The Cogs improved to 9-8-1 overall with the victory.

“(We played) pretty good. Our hitting was way better and our defense wasn’t bad. So, we are still making errors but we are improving,” said second game winner Jeremy Kaletta.

In the first contest, G-K led 4-2 entering the fifth inning, and tallied off five more runs over the next to innings to put the game out of reach.

Andrew Caldwell earned the win for his 5 1/3 innings of work. Will Crozier closed the game out for G-K.

“In the first game, (Caldwell and Crozier) walked a few guys but, overall, we didn’t get hit very hard,” Ellis said. “They struck out quite a few guys, just like it has been all year. Our pitching is solid.”

In the second contest, the game started similar to the first. An early run gave G-K another early lead. The Cogs broke the second game open in the third inning with three more runs.

After Mikey Semmens led off the inning with a double, his pitch-runner Will Cozier came into score on a passed ball. RBI hits by Joe Murray and Griffin McNeal extended the Cogs' lead.

“In second game, we had a couple guys who hadn’t had a lot of at-bats that hit one or two (in the order),” Ellis said. “But, with how athletic they are or how quick they are, it gives you a lot more things you can do offensively, when you have that kind of speed at the top.”

The fifth inning really broke the game open for the Cogs. Pinch hitter Tommy Hansen laced a triple, and came into score on a sacrifice fly by Jake Langford. Two batters later, Mike Kuhn’s two-run triple plated McNeal and Danny Hansen. Kuhn came into score on a Caldwell RBI single.

Kaletta earned the win in the second contest by going five innings and giving up one run on five hits. He also struck out five Indians.

“I could have been better," Kaletta said. "Location is key."

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