Redlands win streak hits Eastern snag


RCC’s Christian Thaxton slides into third ahead of a tag against KCKCC. (Photo by Glen Miller)

By Glen Miller

Redlands Community College’s baseball team had its five-game win streak halted last week with a 5-1 setback to Eastern Oklahoma State College.

The loss dropped Redlands to 9-2 on the year. The game did not count in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference standings since Eastern is in the Division I bracket. The Cougars are among the six teams in the OCAC Division II pool.

Redlands’ only run came in the bottom of the second inning as the Cougars were the home team for the game which was played in Ada.

In the loss, Redlands logged seven hits, with Tyler Miller and Alex Harris each doubling. Josh Blair singled home Matej Sucha for the lone run.

Christian Thaxton went 2-for-3, while Miller went 3-for-4 from the plate.

Tyler Iago shouldered the loss, allowing three earned runs off six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three. Ryan Lenaburg gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings – fanning one.

Austin Kretchmar threw one frame, allowing a hit.

The Cougars were coming off an 8-5 win over Kansas City Community College to push its home record to 5-1. Redlands broke a 3-all tie with a two-run effort in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Redlands added three runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh to build an 8-3 lead. The Blue Devils scored two runs in the ninth inning before RCC closed out the win.

Daniel Vitek earned his first win on the hill as the right-hander scattered six hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings. He fanned two and walked two.

Lane Kinney threw two innings of one-hit ball, striking out two of the seven batters faced. Michael McCracken was tagged for two earned runs off three hits in one inning of work, striking out one.

Redlands, which left nine runners on base, logged 10 hits in the win – four of those extra base hits. The big swing was a home run from Miller, who logged three RBIs and two runs scored.

Harris led all RCC hitters with a 3-for-4 effort, scoring twice and driving in another. The sophomore logged a double and a triple.

Thaxton tripled in two runs and closed the game with a 2-for-5 effort with a run scored. Chris Musick singled and scored as did Blair and Aaron Falgoust. Daniel Lee added a single.




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