The scorching hot weather didn’t even touch the surface of the heated action on the diamond, as Sutton and the Cozad Reds Seniors dueled for supremacy in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Muny Park.
In the opening contest, a walk-off triple off the bat of Hank Pflaster drove in a pair of runs that gave the Reds a 4-3 victory over Sutton.
The Mustangs were in business early on when Max Olson got on base via a fielders choice and then took advantage of Cozad miscues to score the 1-0 lead for Sutton in the first inning of play.
The score remained 1-0 until Cozad was able to knot the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning when Chase Dugan singled and then scored on Dillon Budd’s two-out, RBI-single into centerfield.
The Reds Seniors stayed on the offensive in the third inning when a leadoff triple into the power alley of left field by Jake Paulsen gave the Cozad contingency a runner just 90-feet from paydirt. Paulsen soon thereafter scored on Colin Wetovick’s hit into centerfield to give the Reds a 2-1 lead at the conclusion of the third stanza.
Defense reigned throughout the fourth and fifth innings and even into the sixth inning until Sutton pushed across a Patrick Dempsey run on a suicide squeeze play laid down by Garret Clark to knot the score again, this time at 2-2.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Sutton offense found a spark with leadoff batter Tyler Bailey connecting on a double and then scoring on Max Olson’s RBI-double to garner the lead 3-2 heading towards the bottom of the seventh inning.
Cozad was in business when Nate Bubak scored and then Tyson Werner doubled to put a pair of runners in scoring position for the Reds. During the ensuing at-bat, Hank Pflaster belted a two-RBI triple over the left fielder that pushed across the tying and winning runs for the Cozad Seniors to etch the 4-3 victory.
Nate Bubak earned the mound win by pitching the final inning in relief for Cozad.
Reds Senior starting pitcher, Simon Rangel, was ‘En Fuego’ by allowing just two hits over six innings of work while striking out five batters.
Cozad’s Hank Pflaster had a stellar day at the plate with a 2-4 outing that included a triple and two RBIs.
Score By Innings
Sutton 1000 011- 3
Cozad 0110 002- 4
In the nightcap, scoring was at a premium once again, as Sutton was able to escape with a 7-5 win over the host Reds Seniors.
The game got started off on the right foot with both Sutton and Cozad scoring in the opening inning of play.
The Mustangs were able to get Max Olson on base and put him around on a pair of stolen bases and a hustle play. The Reds evened things up in their half of the first inning when Jake Paulsen earned a walk and then scored on Nate Bubak’s big-time double into centerfield to make the score 1-1.
Sutton was able to return the favor with a mini scoring rally of three more runs in the top of the second inning. Garret and Reed Stone connected on singles to lead the charge for the Mustangs to run out to a 4-1 lead.
Sutton would continue to hold onto their 4-1 lead going into the fifth inning. In that stanza, the Mustangs manufactured another run with Max Olson singling and then scored on Garret Clark’s two-out, RBI-single into right field to make the score 5-1.
Again in the sixth inning they pushed to increase their cushion to the tune of 6-1 when Max Olson scored his second run of the contest for Sutton.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Reds Seniors found the spark when Hank Pflaster and Chase Dugan connected on back-to-back singles to start the rally. Both Pflaster and Dugan along with Conor Young scored, as Dillon Budd and Jake Paulsen belted RBI-singles to make the score 6-4 with just one inning to play.
Sutton was able to inch away on the scoreboard with a run scored in the top of the seventh on a Patrick Dempsey leadoff double that turned into a hustle play for the Mustang to score.
Chasing a three-run deficit, the Cozad offense had their work cut out for them. Tysen Werner got beaned to start off the inning. Werner scored on Conor Young’s two-out RBI-triple, but that was as close as the Reds would get, as Sutton retired the side with a strikeout to net the 7-5 victory.
On the mound, Jacob Rush went the distance, allowing just five hits while striking out four batters.
Nate Bubak was 3-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the offense.
Score By Innings
Sutton 1300 111- 7
Cozad 1000 031- 5