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By Glen Miller
Redlands Community College’s baseball team rallied from an eight-run deficit over the weekend to sweep a doubleheader from Kansas-based Hesston College.
The sweep lifted the Cougars to 8-1 on the season.
Hesston jumped on Okarche native Austin Kretchmar, making his first career start for RCC, for eight runs off three hits and two walks in the top of the first inning. However, the Cougars chipped away at the deficit and eventually posted an 11-9 win.
Redlands scored four runs in the bottom of the first before adding one run in both the second and fifth innings. The big inning, though, was a five-run fifth which gave RCC the lead.
The Cougars logged 15 hits led by doubles from Matej Sucha and Alex Harris, both of whom had two hits each and combined for three runs and three RBIs.
Chris Musick went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Petr Sila scored three times off two base hits and a pair of walks. Terrell Evans drove in two runs with a pair of base hits and scored twice.
Kendall Emerson logged two base hits as did Okarche’s Tyler Miller, while Tyler Mower added a two-run single and scored a run.
Redlands left 10 runners stranded.
Deven Youngstedt picked up the win, scattering four strikeouts, two walks and a hit over 4 2/3 innings. Daniel Vitek walked one and struck out one over 1 1/3 innings. Cameron Wood issued a run off two base hits and one walk in an inning of work.
Redlands 8, Hesston 1
Ryan Lenaburg gave up two hits and two walks over four complete innings for the win, striking out four batters. Joel Black tossed 1 2/3 innings, issuing a run off a hit and a free pass. Evans worked the remaining four outs, allowing one hit.
Redlands logged eight hits, led by a 2-for-4 effort from Harris, who had a double, triple and two RBIs. Sila scored twice and drove in another from two base hits, while Music went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.
Sucha singled in two runs and scored one, while Marshall Veal and Rahul Badve each singled and scored.