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IOLA, Kan. – The Spartans dropped two against Allen County Tuesday, falling in a nail biter 6-5 and in a blowout 20-7.
Although SWCC lost a tough game one, head coach Kenny Namanny felt his guys performed well and the final result didn’t dictate his team’s performance.
“I felt like we did a lot of good things,” said head coach Kenny Namanny. “We were manufacturing runs and the back half of our staff competed really well.”
The Spartans had Dan Kenealy and Quincy Collier both throw two innings, striking out four between them while allowing four runs. Jake Panich and Jerry Velez filled in the final two innings on the mound for the Spartans.
Namanny said the plan had been to roll through several pitchers in game one and feels the guys he called on to pitch did a good job in keeping the Spartans in it until the end.
“We’re disappointed with the loss in game one, but I think overall we’re pretty happy with our performance,” Namanny said.
The Spartans slugged three homers with the wind carrying out, said Namanny. Cade Cox, Frank Sanchez and Quentin Sefrit each touched them all to drive in all five runs for Southwestern.
Game two for the Spartans hummed a different tune, with Allen County pouring on 20 runs before the conclusion of the fourth inning.
“We started off all right, but once we got to those middle innings it kind of fell apart,” said Namanny.
The Spartans took the lead in the first inning, eventually going up 3-0 going into the bottom of the second. A two-run second inning for Allen County and a one-run top of the third for Southwestern had both sides trading scores entering the midway part of the game.
A 10-run third inning for the Allen County opened the door for an opportunity to mercy the Spartans by getting eleven straight runners on base before recording an out.
The fourth inning scoring reached the minimum in the next inning with an eight-run bottom of the fourth by drawing five walks before the first out was recorded, including drawing a walk that brought in a run.
Aaron Schmitz’s pitching line was the cleanest in game two, throwing a full inning while striking out three and walking two.
The Spartans had homers from Jadriel Pantoja and Sefrit in game two. Sefrit drove in four of the seven runs scored for Southwestern.
“We were aggressive all day,” said Namanny. “We were trying to score runs, so offensively I was pleased with our approach (in both games).”
UP NEXT – The Spartans head to Marshalltown Saturday, facing Marshalltown Community College (4-17, 2-5) in a doubleheader that will be mirrored Sunday afternoon.