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Zach Stinnett, Mid Plains Pitcher of the Year Nominee
Tuesday, July 21

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Blues Name Award Winners

The Baldwin City Blues named their 2015 Summer Award Winners following their game with Rossville.  Recipients of this year's awards are:

Offensive Player of the Year............................................................Riley Landuyt, OF, DH

Defensive Player of the Year............................................................Skylar Smith, INF

Pitcher of the Year (2 Awarded).....................................................Avery Fliger, RHP;  Zach Stinnett, RHP 

Most Improved Player........................................................................Trever McClanahan, OF

Player of the Year (MVP)...................................................................Kaden Shaffer, OF, INF

Leadership Award................................................................................Bryce Burdette, C 

"These players represent the type of young men we want to associate the Baldwin City Blues and the Community of Baldwin City with.  They work hard, are great team mates and play the game the right way.  All of our players strive for this and we have been lucky this summer that each Baldwin City Blues member has been a strong and positive influence" remarked Blues General Manager Michael Moore.

Blues Return Favor...Win in 10th Inning Walkoff over Rossville

The Baldwin City Blues, a mere 24 hours removed from losing a heatbreaker to the Rossville Rattlers 6-5 borrowed a page from the visitor's playbook and earned a thrilling victory in Baldwin City.  Catcher Bryce Burdette would prove to be the hero of the game when he drilled a 2-2 fastball to the left field fence to plate the winning run.  "This team battled throughout the game.  We were down to our final 2 outs against Rossville's closer, Jake Hosey.  We strung together 4 straight hits to walk it off" stated General Manager Michael Moore.  "Now were heading back to Rossville tomorrow." 

The Blues got a great pitching start from University of Wisconsin-Parkside product John Dokalas.  Dokalas would surrender 4 runs,  3 of which were the product of two homeruns by the Rattler's batters.  "John only gave up two well hit balls all night.  Those two home runs would have been outs in a bigger park.  John pitched as well as we've seen from him since early June" noted Moore.  Dokalas showed excellent command on his fastball and breaking pitches throughout the game.  With the exception of the two homeruns, Rossville hitters appeared to struggle with making solid contact.  "John commanded the corners tonight."

Dokalas was relieved in the 8th inning by Jace Burdette, a recent high school graduate heading for Highland  Community College in August.  Jace, a hard throwing lefty also exerted command over the strike zone and allowed only one unearned run.  "Jace is going to make his coaches at Highland very happy when he gets there.  He has so much upside" stated Moore.  The key play in Burdettes' performance was his avoiding pitches out over the plate.  "He can be pretty dominant when he is keeping the ball down" noted Moore.

Offensively Baldwin City displayed a balanced attack with every Blues player entering into the mix.  Skylar Smith's 2 RBI triple appeared to jumpstart the Blues as did CF Trever McClanahan's timely base knocks.  "Grant Arnold, Chase Ray, Brenden Maxwell, Nick Middleton and Reilly Martin were also big tonight.  Each came through with hits and played very good defense.  Martin made at least 3 catches in left that kept us in the game" remarked Moore.  The Blues also got production from their newest member, Benedictine College OF Jacob Kirmer.  "Jacob has gotten a couple of big hits for us. He's a really nice player and offers us an option with the loss of Kaden Shaffer, Trent McMaster, Cris Roman and Aaron Marshall. Those are 4 big time bats that we lost and Jacob will help with that."

However, the night will be remembered for a big walkoff from Bryce Burdette.  "Bryce absolutely drilled that pitch" stated Moore. "It was like a Sand Storm had moved through Baldwin City."

Blues Drop Heartbreaker to Rossville

The Baldwin City Blues met the Rossville Rattlers in Game One of the Mid Plains League Tournament Monday evening at Joe Campbell Memorial Stadium.  Behind outstanding pitching by Avery Fliger, Zach Stinnett and Jace Burdette the Blues entered the bottom of the 9th inning leading the Rattlers by a score of 5-4.  However, the 5 runs would prove to be too little as the home team Rattlers would plate 2 runs to earn the win by a final score of 6-5; setting up an elimination game in Baldwin City on Tuesday evening.  "That's the best we played this summer," commented Blues Manager Jason LaRocque, "We pitched, fielded and batted well.  It's a shame we couldn't get the win." 

The contest between the Blues and Rattlers was marked by outstanding defense as each team would make key plays throughout the game to keep run totals to a minimum.  "This is a field where you can score a lot of runs very quickly.  Our pitchers made sure that Rossville didn't score at the same rate they had all summer.  We turned double plays and got outs when we saw the opportunity"  noted GM Michael Moore. 

 Offensively the Blues were led by Bryce Burdette who collected his first home run of the season when he hit 3-1 fastball over the Center Field fence.  "That was my first home run since little league," stated Burdette.   Nick Middleton also showed off some pop when he stroked a line drive hit against the outfield fence.  "Nick has worked on his game this summer and has gotten himself into great physical condition" stated Moore. 

Hits were also recorded by Riley Landuyt, Chase Ray, Trever McClannahan, Brenden Maxwell and Grant Arnold.  "It was a total team effort.  It's too bad we couldn't hold on for the win." (Michael Moore)  

The Blues will return for game two against the Rattlers Tuesday evening at 7 PM at the Baldwin City Parks and Rec. 

Blues to Face Rossville Rattlers in First Round Games

The Baldwin City Blues learned that they will face the Rossville Rattlers in round one of the Mid Plains League Tournament beginning Monday.  The Blues will play the Rattlers at Joe Campbell Memorial Stadium for game one begining at 7 PM.  Game two will take place in Baldwin City on Tuesday.  Game time is also scheduled for 7 PM.  If necessary game three will return to Rossville.  The winner of the best of three game series will then face either the Midwest A's or the Junction City Brigade.  The winner of the Mid Plains Tournament will be awarded the Cowdin Cup named in honor of Bret Cowdin, high school coaching legend and founder of the Topeka Golden Giants and Rossville Rattlers. 

Blues Swept by Midwest A's in Belton

The theme of the broom remained in effect as the Blues traveled to Belton, Missouri this past weekend to take on the Mid Plains League leading Midwest A's.  Although the Blues hoped to maintain their winning ways, the A's would have none of it.  Showing why they are the league's best, the A's used a combination of strong pitching, speed, power and good defensive skills to take the series.  "The A's are a quality ball club.  You can't make many mistakes against them and expect to win" indicated Blues GM Michael Moore.  "We did some good things.  Nick Middleton drilled a ball to the center field wall on a line.  It was one of the hardest balls I've seen hit.  Reilly Martin hit an inside the park homerun on Saturday.  Jace Burdette got two hits; not bad for a PO.  Kaden Shaffer continues to hit the ball hard and get RBI's.  He now has 27 on the year.  Jeremy Melvin is showing some late season skills and is getting some key hits and throwing on the mound. Chase Ray is always there for us and is also putting the bat on the ball well.  Grant Arnold is solid and will battle and get hits.  Riley Landuyt is one of our most consistent hitters and is getting his arm stronger.  Creighton University will be glad he's coming.  Skyler Smith is showing why he is one of the best shortstops in our league and is now hitting .350.  Trever McClannahan has a great swing from the left side and is hitting over .300.  He is getting doubles and triples consistently.  Bryce Burdette is a wall behind the plate and knows how to handle pitchers.  He's pulling off the ball a little right now but that will easily turn around.  Skyler Dailey can run anything down in the outfield and is a threat when he's on the basepaths.  He ran a 6.5 60 yard dash at our show case.  That's pretty quick.  Pitching wise Avery Fliger brings a solid start to the games he scheduled to pitch.  He gets that 1st pitch strike and keeps hitters off balance.  Zach Stinnet can always be counted on to throw quality pitches.  He's someone we give the ball to when we need outs.  Matt Schwindt is a lot like Zach.  He makes quality pitches and can get outs when needed.  Bret Harris is that pitcher and leader you want on your team.  You never know how he's doing from his body language or facial expressions.  He can also frustrate batters with his side slinging action.  Jace Burdette is young but he's a very good left handed thrower.  Several schools would like to get their hands on him.  Seth Slayman is kind of in the mold of Matt and Zach.  He throws strikes and knows how to pitch.  He can get outs.  John Dokalas is our hardest thrower.  When he's on he's very hard to hit.  He's rehabbing his shoulder and is working on getting his pitch count up.  He's capable of throwing low 90's and I know he wants to get back there.  We also saw Sam Whim throw this weekend.  Sam pitched for us last year and will be a nice addition for the playoffs.  He has a really nice slider."

Blues Sweep Monarchs in Baldwin City

The Baldwin City Blues put together good pitching, timely hitting and great defense to sweep the BLLiberty Monarchs last Monday and Tuesday at the Baldwin Parks and Rec complex.  Outfielder Kaden Shaffer led the offensive outburst for the Blues by hitting grand slams in back to back games, his first for a walkoff win.  Aaron Marshall also recorded two homeruns for the series, bringing his total to 5 for the summer.  The sweep guaranteed that the Blues would host a playoff game in Baldwin City.  "It was big for us to play the way we did.  We hit, pitched and played defense well.  We showed a lot of guts this series" remarked Blues GM Michael Moore.

John Dokolas, Matthew Schwindt, Jace Burdette, Avery Fliger, Seth Slayman and Bret Harris all threw well for the Blues and got the outs they needed to ensure that the brooms were displayed following game three.

Baldwin City Blues 6  Liberty Monarchs 5  Despite only getting 3 hits on the evening, the Baldwin City Blues found themselves on the winning end in their final regular season game with the Liberty Monarchs.  Key hits again played a role in the Blues offense.  Logan Lauffler, Jeremy Melvin and Matthew Schwindt all managed hits with runners on board and helped the Blues build a 6-1 lead heading into the top of the 6th inning.  Then with one out the Monarchs managed to string together 4 hits and 2 bases on balls to score 4 runs.  "The Monarchs never qive in.  They wanted to make a game of it and they did" noted Moore.  However, the Blues pitching staff righted the ship and got the final out to preserve the win.  "Bret Harris came in for Avery and did an outstanding job by getting the final 3 outs in the 6th and not allowing a baserunner in the 7th.  Bret knows how to pitch and William Woods College is lucky to be getting him next year" stated Moore.

Baldwin City Blues 9  Liberty Monarchs 8  The Baldwin City Blues found themselves down 8-4 entering the bottom half of the 6th inning in the 7 inning double header game against the Monarchs.  However the Blues again loaded the bases on the strength of a base hit and successive walks issued by the Monarchs pitcher.  Kaden Shaffer then stepped to the plate and thoughts of a grand slam were apparent to the Monarchs faithful.  Once again Shaffer did not disappoint the Blues fans as he drove a first pitch fastball over the center field fence for a game tying grand slam homerun.  "I think we are going to start calling him Fernando (as in Fernando Tatis, the St. Louis Cardinals slugger who smacked two grand slams in the same inning).  Kaden is just seeing the ball really well right now" noted GM Michael Moore.  With the game tied 8-8 heading into the bottom of the final frame the Blues were able to push across the winning run on a walkoff RBI base on balls to Trever McClannahan after the Blues had loaded the bases. 

In addition to Shaffer's offensive heroics, the Blues also received strong at bats from Trever McClannahan (2 singles, game winning RBI), Aaron Marshall (double, homerun, 2 RBI's), Skyler Daily (single, double) and Jeremy Melvin (single, double, 2 RBI's).  Hits were also recorded by Bryce Burdette, Grant Arnold and Chase Ray. 

Matthew Schwindt earned the win for the Blues after he relieved starting pitcher Jace Burdette in the 4th inning.  "I thought Jace and Matt both threw the ball well tonight.  The Monarchs got some timely hits but we were able to shut them down" noted Moore.

Baldwin City Blues 8  Liberty Monarchs 6  Game one against the Monarchs appeared to be a losing one for the Blues heading into the bottom of the 6th inning.  Down 6-3 to the visitors from Missouri, the Blues would load the bases, bringing the go ahead run to the plate in the form of Kaden Shaffer.  Shaffer did not disappoint as he blasted a 2-1 Monarch's offering deep over the left field fence.  First baseman Aaron Marshall would follow Shaffer's knock with a blast of his own over the center field fence for the insurance run.  The grand slam would turn out to be the game winner as heavy rains would enter Baldwin City at the top of the 7th.  Shaffer would also record a single in the game and Marshall would fall just a triple short of the cycle after doubling and hitting a single. 

Other Blues recording hits were Chase Ray (2 singles) and Brenden Maxwell (single).  RHP Seth Slayman earned the win after relieving John Dokalas in the 4th inning. 

Baldwin City Blues Swept by Rossville Rattlers

The Baldwin City Blues traveled to Rossville, Kansas on July 7th and 8th for a 3 game series against the Mid Plains League 2nd Place team, Rossville Rattlers.  Although the Blues entered the series with high hopes for a series win, the Rattlers took advantage of their home field knowledge and came away with a series sweep.  The sweep dropped the Blues into 6th place and in danger of having to play a wild card game to enter the season ending Mid Plains League Playoffs.

Rossville Rattlers 6  Baldwin City Blues 1  Although the Blues managed to double their hit production from their previous contest with the Rattlers, their abiltiy to plate runs remained the same.  A solo home run from left handed slugger Aaron Marshall in the 6th inning represented the Blues lone score.  Singles were also recorded by Skyler Smith, Riley Landuyt, Grant Arnold, Kaden Shaffer and Jeremy Melvin.  Matthew Schwindt threw well for the Blues and did not allow an earned run during his 3 innings of work to finish out the game in Rossville.

Rossville Rattlers 5  Baldwin City Blues 1  The Baldwin City Blues wasted a good start by RHP Avery Fliger when they dropped game 2 of their series with the Rattlers 5-1.  Fliger went the distance for the Blues, surrendering only 4 earned runs in the cramped confines of Joe Campbell Memorial Stadium.  The Blues managed only 3 hits during the loss all singles.  Blues recording hits were Skyler Smith, Kaden Shaffer and Chase Ray.

Rossville Rattlers 12  Baldwin City Blues 11  Despite scoring double digit runs in their opening game with the Rattlers, the Blues found themselves on the losing end of the 9 inning contest.  The Blues started off well against the serpents from Rossville and scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning on the strength of singles by Skyler Smith and Riley Landuyt followed by homeruns from Kaden Shaffer and Grant Arnold. 

"It was big to get off to such a good start.  Kaden and Grant came through with really clutch hits" noted Blues GM Michael Moore.

The Blues would add 3 more runs in the 3rd inning to take a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of 4th.  "The Rattlers kind of got it going in the bottom of 4 and put 6 runs on us.  That kind of took the wind out of our sails for a while" stated Moore.  To the Blues credit, the good guys would answer back with 3 more runs in the 5th to re-establish the lead 10-9.  An additional run in the 6th made the score 11-9 Blues.   "I really like the way our kids battle.  They kept fighting" remarked Blues Manager Jason LaRocque.

Rossville also had "comeback" on their mind and answered the Blues with 2 runs of their own in 7th and 1 in the 8th to give the Rattlers a 12-11 lead.  The Blues were unable to get to a run against Rossville closer, Jake Hosey and were sent to the Casey's parking lot with the 12-11 defeat.  "It really is disappointing that we didn't come away with the win.  We out hit the Rattlers (12 to 8) but just couldn't get those runs home" verbalized Moore.

Offensively the Blues were led by Riley Landuyt (2 doubles, 1 single, 1 RBI),  Kaden Shaffer (single, 3 run HR),  Grant Arnold (single, HR),  Nicholas Middleton (2 singles). Hits were also recorded by Aaron Marshall, Skyler Smith and Trever McClannahan. 

Baldwin City Blues vs. Puerto Rico All Stars Rained Out

Tonight's game between the Baldwin City Blues and the Puerto Rico Collegiate All Stars has been rained out.  With over 5 inches of rain pounding the field over the past 3 days,  grounds crew members could not get the facility ready for tonight's contest.  "We really got hit pretty hard the previous few days.  There is standing water at Short and at Home plate" commented Baldwin High School Assistant Coach Jay King. 

The Blues are in action again Monday with a double header against the Liberty Monarchs beginning at 5PM at the Baldwin City Parks and Rec Complex.  "We're in our stretch run with 7 more games before the playoffs start.  We're hoping to have a strong finish and enter the tournament playing well" noted Blues General Manager Michael Moore. 

Marshall, Landuyt and Shaffer Help Mid Plains All Stars to Win

Aaron Marshall, Riley Landuyt and Kaden Shaffer helped the Mid Plains All Stars defeat the Puerto Rico Collegiate All Star Team 11-6 last night in Junction City, Kansas.  Playing in front of a crowd estimated at 350, Marshall immediately showed why the Baldwin City Blues were a factor.  On his first at bat Marshall, the MPL All Star's starting left fielder drilled a first pitch fast ball 400 feet over the center field wall.  "I think they thought I was batting in the 9 hole for a reason.  I knew he (Puerto Rico starting pitcher Jose Rodriguez) would throw me a fastball and I sat on it" commented Marshall.  Marshall's home run marked the second round tripper hit by a Blues player in the All Star Game and put the MPL ahead for good 3-2 (the 2014 All Star Game was decided on Blues Catcher, Tyler Moore's Grand Slam in the bottom of the 9th inning). Marshall also singled in his 3rd at bat to finish the night 2 for 3.

Riley Landuyt was the starting Designated Hitter for the MPL All Stars following an exceptional first 1/2 of the season.  Landuyt reached safely on one at bat and scored a run for the home team.  "Riley has some deceptive speed.  He got to witness Lorenzo Cain score the winning run for the KC Royals earlier in the day.  He showed his speed too by scoring from 1B on a ball to right field.  What a great weapon to have" noted Blues GM Michael Moore.

Kaden Shaffer also got in on the action Sunday night, entering the game in the 6th inning.  Although Shaffer only got to the plate one time, he showed why he is such a respected arm in the Mid Plains League.  In the 8th inning Puerto Rico batter Jonathan Lugo hit a hard line drive inot the LCF gap that got to the wall.  Shaffer tracked the ball down and threw a strike to 2B, nearly gunning down the fleet footed Lugo.  "He threw it off his back foot and still nearly got him.  I didn't think he had a chance of throwing him out" noted Moore. 

Puerto Rico Manager Harvey Pena noted the quality of play of the MPL All Stars.  "We have several players on our team that have been drafted.  I told our players that this (MPL All Stars) is a very good team and that losing is not anything to feel bad about.  We need to keep challenging ourselves and this game certainly did that." 

Following the game the All Stars were treated to a meal and a great fireworks display courtesy of the Junction City Brigade. 

The Blues are in action again tonight for a 7PM game against the Rossville Rattlers in Rossville, Kansas. 

 All Star Team Named: Shaffer, Landuyt and Marshall Included

David Streeter, Mid Plains League Commissioner released the roster for the July 5th Mid Plains League All Star Game Wednesday evening.  The game will take place in Junction City, Kansas and will match the Mid Plains League All Stars against a very tough Puerto Rico Collegiate All Star Team.

Named to the team this year are Baldwin City Blues standouts Kaden Shaffer (William Jewell), Riley Landuyt (Creighton University) and Aaron Marshall (Ottawa University).  

Marshall leads the Blues in batting average (.531), Triples (6), Home Runs (2) and RBI's (14).  These massive numbers have been achieved in spite of Marshall joining the team in mid June.  Aaron, one of the top vote getters will start the game in the outfield for the MPL All Stars.

Kaden Shaffer is one of the MPL's top hitters with a .333 batting average.  He leads the Blues with 5 doubles and has hit 1 triple and 1 homerun.  Shaffer has also knocked in 13 runs and has been walked 11 times.  Kaden also consistently displays one of the strongest arms in the Mid Plains League and most opposing runners are not willing to take an extra base on the outstanding outfielder.

Riley Landuyt is one of only two Designated Hitters named to the All Star Team.  Riley was included on the team because of his outstanding offensive numbers.  Landuyt is currently second on the Blues with a batting average of .362 on 21 total hits.  Riley has 4 doubles and 10 RBI's.  He has also walked 8 times and has 3 HBP's.

"All three of these young men are very deserving of their inclusion on the All Star Team.  Opposing Coaches and Managers know who they are and have rewarded them by voting them onto the team.  It's a great honor and should be a great night in Junction City," remarked Blues GM Michael Moore.

Last year's All Star Game ended in very dramatic fashion with Baldwin City Blues Catcher, Tyler Moore hitting a walk off Grand Slam Homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Moore's blast helped the MPL All Stars defeat the MSBL All Stars 5-4.  "Maybe lighting will strike twice" commented Moore.   

Blues Sweep Topeka Golden Giants

The Baldwin City Blues traveled to the University of Ottawa on Tuesday to take on the Topeka Golden Giants.  The double header was moved to Ottawa due to the unplayable conditions of the Blues home field.  Coach Jason LaRocque was able to secure the Ottawa University site after contacting the University's Athletic Department.  "We are lucky to have Jason as a coach and manager.  He worked hard to get these games relocated on such short notice" stated Blues General Manager Michael Moore.

Baldwin City Blues 12  Topeka Golden Giants 10  Just as game one against the Golden Giants was a pitchers dual; game two against the Golden Giants turned out to be an offensive onslaught. 

The Blues struck first in the game by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.  The 4 run cushion appeared to be all that starting pitcher Zach Stinnett would need as he held the Golden Giants off the scoreboard thru three innings.  Then with the score 4-0 in favor of the Blues, Stinnett's short rest (had started against the Senators on Saturday) appeared to hit him.  Stinnet began leaving the ball up and the Golden Giants responded by hitting the ball where Blues players were not.  When the dust settled, the Golden Giants had crossed the plate 6 times (5 earned) making the score Golden Giants 6  Baldwin City Blues 4.   Bret Harris relieved Stinnett and finished two innings by giving up 1 additional run.  Matt Schwindt finished the 6th and 7th innings after Dalton Kincaid gave up 3 unearned runs.  Schwindt did not give up a run in his 2 innings of work.

Offensively the Blues were led by Aaron Marshall (3-3, 4 RBI's), Bryce Burdette (2-3, 2 RBI's) and Trever McClannahan (2-3, triple, 4 RBI's).  Other Blues recording hits included Skyler Smith (single), Riley Landuyt (single, RBI), Kaden Shaffer (1-3, RBI) and Skyler Dailey (single). 

"This represents a winning streak" commented Jason LaRocque. 

Baldwin City Blues 2  Topeka Golden Giants 1  It was all about the pitching in game one against the Topeka Golden Giants.  Starting Pitcher Avery Fliger threw a complete game 1 hitter to earn the win.  Fliger carried a no hitter into the final frame, however surrendered a 2 strike home run to the leadoff Golden Giant batter.  Fliger did not allow another one and closed the game with a weak pop out to right field.  Fliger's day included 97 pitches and 17 first pitch strikes.  Fliger struck out 4 Golden Giant batters and walked only one.  Fliger was in complete control all afternoon and induced numerous weak fly balls and ground outs.  "I might have to offer him more money now" commented Blues Skipper Jason LaRocque.

Offensively the Blues managed only two hits of their own.  Trever McClannahan (single, RBI) and Aaron Marshall (single) are the only two Blues players who managed to reach base safely in the contest.  "Their guy was pretty good.  Ours was just better tonight" noted Moore. 

Blues Travel to Junction City for Rainout Makeup

The Baldwin City Blues traveled to Junction City on Monday evening to take on the Junciton City Brigade after their May 30th game was washed out.  Although the Blues showed a fighting attitude, their efforts were not enough to over come the home team's offenive production.  As a result the Blues dropped the game by a final score of 8-4.

John Dokalas started on the mound for the Blues and threw well for 4 innings, allowing a single run in the 1st inning.  Dokalas appeared to have good command for the 1st four innings and utilized an upper 80's fastball and nice off speed pitches to confuse the Brigade batters.  Bret Harris relieved Dokalas in the 5th inning and pitched 2 1/3 innings of 2 run baseball while striking out 3 Junction City hitters.  Matt Schwindt then finished the 8th inning and did not give up a hit.  "I thought we pitched pretty well.  Junction City has some hitters and we knew it was going to be a battle.  John is in the middle of rehabbing his arm and I know he gets frustrated that he's not throwing it 93 mph right now.  I know he'll get back there.  Bret has always been dependable and his arm angle frustrates opposing batters.  Matt is showing why he'll get a lot of innings next year at Ottawa University" stated Blues GM Michael Moore.

Offensively the Blues got hits from Cris Roman (single), Skyler Smith (3-4 single, single, double), Riley Landuyt (single), Kaden Shaffer (double), Trent McMaster (single), Reilly Martin (single, RBI) and Bryce Burdette (single, RBI).  Also, Blues slugger Aaron Marshall recored his 2nd home run of the season when he deposited a 2-1 offering over the center field wall.  "We battled all night," remarked Moore.  "We had bases loaded in the top of the 9th and were one swing away from tying the game.  I love the teams' compeitiveness." 

Blues Split with Senators on Youth Night

The Baldwin City Blues split the opening 2 games of their 3 game home series against the Topeka Senators last Saturday.  After giving up 9 runs to the legislators from the capital city, the Blues countered with 9 runs of their own in the nightcap. 

Baldwin City Blues 9  Topeka Senators 1  After recognizing local Baldwin City Youth Teams between games, the Blues reversed offensive scores with the Senators during the night cap.  Behind 5 innings of 2 hit baseball thrown by starting pitcher Zach Stinnett, the Blues were able to gain an early lead and build on it.  Stinnett flashed brilliant 2 seam and 4 seam fastballs all night.  Stinnett also showed great command of his changeup and breaking balls.  Stinnett struck out 4 and did not walk a Topeka batter.  Avery Fliger then relieved Stinnett for the final two innings and gave up no runs while allowing only 2 hits.  "Our pitchers threw extremely well.  Zach was nearly unhittable and Avery came in and closed out the game well.  It's good to get the win on Youth Night" stated Blues General Manager Michael Moore.

Offensively the Blues were led by Cris Roman who went 3 for 3 with an RBI and BB.  Skyler Smith and Nick Middleton were both 2-3 with 2 RBI's each.  Middleton's hits were both doubles.  Aaron Marshall and Grant Arnold rounded out the Blues hit production with each garnering a base hit.   

Topeka Senators 9  Baldwin City Blues 3  The Topeka Senators scored frequently against the Blues and came away with the 6 run victory.  The Blues never seemed to be on track as they made several miscues in the field, allowing the Senators to keep the Blues bats in the dugout.  Offensively the Blues were led by Cris Roman (1B), Skyler Smith (1B), Bryce Burdette (1B), Trent McMaster (1B, RBI), Aaron Marshall (1B) and Trever McClannahan (1B). 

Youth Night Tonight Against the Senators

The Baldwin City Blues will play a double header tonight against the Topeka Senators in Baldwin City.  First pitch is set for 5 PM.  Between games the Blues will recognize area youth teams on the field.  The Blues will also be giving away collector hacky sack baseballs to the 1st 100 kids in attendance. 

Come on out for a great night of Baldwin City Blues baseball action. 

Blues Get Win in Three Game Series With Golden Giants

The Baldwin City Blues traveled to Jerry Robertson Field at the Bettis Sports Complex in Topeka on Monday and Tuesday to take on the always tough Topeka Golden Giants.  The three game series began with a double header on Monday evening and finshed with a 9 inning single game on Tuesday.  The Blues performance on Monday left some doubt whether the team would earn a win in the series, however great pitching and timely hitting would prevail for the visitors and the Blues would earn a series ending victory.

Baldwin City Blues 4  Topeka Golden Giants 3  The Baldwin City Blues extracted a little revenge against the Topeka Golden Giants when they took game three of their 3 game series in extra innings.  The Blues were led by John Dokolas who pitched 7 2/3 innings against the Golden Giants giving up only 2 earned runs.  Dokalas was in complete command all evening, displaying a strong fastball and good off speed pitches.  Dokas struck out 4 Topeka batters and consistently got ground ball outs.  Dokalas was then relieved by Jace Burdette with one out in the 8th inning.  Burdette also pitched well, giving up 0 earned runs in securing the win. 

Offensively the Blues were led by Cris Roman (2B), Riley Landuyt (1B, RBI), Kaden Shaffer (1B), Grant Arnold (2B), Myles Smits (1B), Nick Middleton (1B) and Jeremy Melvin (1B).  

Topeka Golden Giants 19  Baldwin City Blues 10   The Topeka Golden Giants crossed home plate 19 times in their win in game 2 against the Baldwin City Blues at Bettis Family Sports Complex.  The Blues put up 10 runs of their own in the high scoring affair.  Riley Landuyt was 3-4 with a double and an RBI.  Trent McMaster was also 3-4 with 2 RBI's.  Aaron Marshall hit the Blues 1st home run of the year with a 2 run round tripper.  Also recording hits for the Blues were Grant Arnold (single), Chanse Ray (single, 2 RBI's) and Trever McClannahan (single, RBI). 

Topeka Golden Giants 6  Baldwin City Blues 2 The Baldwin City Blues never seemed to get on track during the opening game of the 3 game series in Topeka. Despite scoring 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning, the Blues would find themselves down 3-2 by the end of the inning. The Golden Giants would tack on 3 more runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to bring the score to it's final talley of 6-2.  Although the Blues were able to outhit the Golden Giants 9-8 the team was unable to get a timely hit with runners in scoring position.

Benedictine product Seth Slayman pitched extremely well after the 3rd as he did not allow a run from the 4th inning on.  Slaymen commanded the strike zone, throwing 22 first pitch strikes against the 26 batters he faced.   Slayman also struck out 3 while only walking on Golden Giant hitter.  "Seth threw the ball well.  We just didn't give him much run support.  That happens in baseball sometimes" noted Blues GM Michael Moore.

Offensively the Blues were led by Skyler Smith and Riley Landuyt who each recorded a two hit game.  Hits were also recorded by Trent McMaster, Kaden Shaffer, Cris Roman and Myles Smits.  "We outhit the Giants.  They got those key hits and we just couldn't get one to drop" noted Moore. 

Blues Get Win in Wild Game 3 Against the Monarchs

In a game where the final score more closely resembled a football game than a baseball contest, the Baldwin City Blues managed to hold off the hard charging Liberty Monarchs in the rubber game of their 3 game series at Falley Baseball Stadium on the William Jewell Campus.  Although the Blues jumped out to an almost insurmountable 11-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 4th inning, the phrase "almost insurmountable" would ring true.  The Monarchs would use a 5 run fourth inning and an 8 run seventh inning to take a 17-16 lead heading into the 9th.  It was then that the Blues would show their ability to come from behind as they scored 3 runs to take the 18-17 lead.  Pitcher Jace Burdette would then enter the game and record the final 3 Monarchs' outs to record the save.  Starting pitcher Zach Stinnett would throw well, giving up 4 earned runs during his outing.  Stinnett's performance was amazing as the game time temperature hovered around 100*.  "It was exceptionally hot and I know Zach was feeling the effects of it.  He did what you wnat a starting pitcher to do.  Throw strikes and get outs" commented Blues Generaly Manager Michael Moore. 

Matt Schwindt earned the victory as he pitched 2 innings, cooling the hot Monarchs' bats. 

Offensively the Blues were led by.......everyone.  The Blues recorded 20 hits during the contest.  Multiple hit games were notched by Cris Roman (2 singles and a double), Kaden Shaffer (2 singles and a double with 3 RBI's), Riley Landuyt (3 singles and an RBI), Trent McMaster (2 singles and a double with 2 RBI's), Aaron Marshall (single and two triples with 4 RBI's), Grant Arnold (2 singles and an RBI) and Trever McClannahan (2 singles).

Aaron Marshall continued to display his effortless power and deceptive speed as he recorded an additional two triples against the Monarchs.  This brings his yearly total to 6 triples.  Kaden Shaffer also continued his outstanding hitting with 2 singles and a 2 RBI double.  Trent McMaster, Cris Roman, Riley Landuyt and Grant Arnold also kept the Blues in the gamed with their mulitple hit efforts.  Trever McClannahan also contributed to the Blues winning effort with his two singles.  

The Blues play again on Monday when they take on the Topeka Golden Giants in Topeka.  The double header games are scheduled to begin at 5:00 PM.  

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Blues Split with Liberty Monarchs

The Baldwin City Blues traveled to William Jewell College on Friday afternoon to take on the Liberty Monarchs at Falley Baseball Stadium.  The Double Header, starting at 3 PM saw the Blues pound out 16 hits in the two games to earn the split.  Newcomer Aaron Marshall (Ottawa University) led the Blues hitting attack as he went 4-4 on the day.  The amazing thing about Marshall's day was that each hit was a triple.  Marshall also walked 3 times as the Monarchs were unable to record an out on the tall left hander.  "Welcome to the Baldwin City Blues" remarked Blues Manager Jason LaRocque.  "He's the type of hitter that will make a difference for this team."  Kaden Shaffer also had an excellent day at the plate going 3-3 with 3 RBI's in game two.  Shaffer recorded 2 doubles and a single in the night cap.  "Even Shaffer's outs were hard hits.  The ball looks like a beach ball to him right now" noted LaRocque. 

Multiple hit games were also recorded by Skyler Smith and Chase Ray.  Very good pitching was noted with Jace Burdette, Avery Fliger and Matt Schwindt in Game Two. 

Liberty Monarchs 9  Baldwin City Blues 3  Despite getting off to an early 3-0 lead, the Baldwin City Blues were unable to fend off the opportunistic Liberty Monarchs who utilized several walks, wild pitches and hit batters to grab the win.  Following the Blues 3 runs in the 4th, the Monarchs answered back with 4 unearned runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.  The Blues were then unable to counter and ended up taking the loss after Liberty scored 3 more runs in the 5th and 2 in the 6th inning. 

Lefty Jace Burdette threw well in the start and the 4 unearned runs in the Monarch 4th spoiled a nice outing for the young hurler.  To add to the disappointment, all 4 runs came  after he recorded the first two outs of the inning.  Jeremy Melvin relieved Burdette and with several MLB scouts in attendance unleashed a 93 mph fastball.  "Jeremy can throw pretty hard, he just has to work on his control.  Jeremy is working hard and he hasn't had the opportunity to play the last 2 years because of injury.  He'll get it" stated Blues GM Michael Moore.  Avery Fliger then relieved Melvin in the 6th and recorded 3 straight outs.  "Avery is a bulldog" remarked Moore.

Offensively the Blues outhit the Monarchs 6-4.  Skyler Smith finished the game 2-3 and was the only Blues Player to record a multiple hit game.  Other Blues batters getting hits were Grant Arnold (1-1, 3 BB), Chase Ray (1-3, RBI), Nick Middleton (1-3, RBI) and Aaron Marshall (1-1, Triple). 

The Blues looked to get back in the win column in game two. 

Baldwin City Blues 11  Liberty Monarchs 3  The Baldwin City Blues wasted little time in establishing an insurmountable lead against the home team Monarchs by scoring 7 runs in the 2nd inning and 1 more in the 3rd to build the huge 8-0 margin.  Utilizing offensive outbursts from Aaron Marshall (3-3, 3 triples), Kaden Shaffer (3-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBI's)  and Chase Ray (2-4, double, RBI) the Blues were never threatened in the contest.  "When we hit like this we are as good of a team as anyone in the league" noted Blues skipper Jason LaRocque.  "This was what we are capable of."  The Blues also got key hits from Skyler Smith (1-3, RBI), Trent McMaster (1 hit, 1 RBI), and Trever McClannahan (2 RBI's).  "I thought we swung the bats really well today.  Even our outs were hit hard.  Trent absolutely scorched a ball to center field that was caught and Kaden hit a ball as hard as I can remember" noted LaRocque.

Blues starting pitcher Matt Schwindt pitched a complete game gem, mixing an effective fastball with good off speed pitches to confuse the Monarchs' hitters.  Schwindt's performance on the mound kept any meaningful offensive charge from occuring.  "I'm not really a strike out pitcher.  I like pitching to contact" remarked Schwindt.  The right hander's work reflected this as he frustrated the Monarch batters with roll over ground balls and soft fly balls throughout the game.  "Matt came up big for us.  It's exactly what we needed to get the win" commented GM Moore.  

The Blues complete the 3 game series with the Monarchs with a 5 PM game Saturday evening at Falley Stadium on the William Jewell Campus. 

 Blues Begin 3 Game Series Against Liberty Monarchs

The Baldwin City Blues begin a 3 game weekend series against the Mid Plains League newest member, Liberty Monarchs.  The series will start with a 7 inning double header at William Jewell's Falley Stadium.  Game times are 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM Friday and 5:00 PM Saturday.  Falley Stadium is located at 700-1100 Re-Bowles Drive in Liberty, Missouri.  

Blues lose Final Two Games to Brigade

The Baldwin City Blues were unable to match their Game One performance against the Junction City Brigade and dropped the final two games of their 3 game home series by scores of 10-0 and 13-1.  The Blues never seemed to get on track and the Brigade took advantage by racking up 32 hits over the two game stretch.  "We knew the Brigade could hit the ball.  We just hoped that we could match them" stated Baldwin City Blues GM Michael Moore.

Junction City Brigade 10  Baldwin City Blues 0  Blues hurler Avery Fliger started for the Blues and surrendered 3 runs during his 4 innings of work.  Fliger flashed a mid 80's fastball with a nice breaking pitch to record a quality start.  Offensively Skyler Smith, Riley Landuyt and Brenden Maxwell recorded hits for the Blues.

Junction City Brigade 13 Baldwin City Blues 1  After giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning, Blues starter Jake Miller setttled down and threw two scoreless innings against the hot hitting Brigade team.  Blues slugger Riley Landuyt continued his excellent hitting recording 2 more hits in the 3 game series.  Against the Brigade, Landuyt amassed 6 hits and 4 RBI's. "Riley showed why he was such an intregal part of the #2 rated JCCC team this past season" stated Michael Moore referring to Landuyt's collegiate affiliation.  "He is definately the type of hitter that can change a game." 

Kaden Shaffer, Bryce Burdette, Riley Martin and Cris Roman also recorded hits in the Blues loss. 

Blues Take Game One from Junction City Brigade

The Baldwin City Blues defeated the Junction City Brigade 6-5 to take game one in their three game series in Baldwin City.  Starter John Dokolas displayed early command of the strike zone and kept the strong hitting Brigade at bay.  Dokolas mixed an upper 80's fastball with well placed off speed offerings to frustrate the Brigade lineup.  In 4 complete innings, Dokalas surrendered 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3. 

Dokolas was relieved by returning Blues pitcher, Bret Harris who gave up only 1 run on 3 hits in his 2 complete innings of work.  Harris worked the corners and did not give up a hard hit ball to Junction City.  "All our pitchers threw well. The Brigade hits well and has 9 Division I players on their roster.  They are the defending Mid Plains League Champions and we knew we had to control the strike zone.  John, Bret and Jace did just that" stated Blues GM Michael Moore.  Jace Burdette closed the game for the Blues and struck out the side in the top of the 7th inning.  

Offensively the Blues were led by Riley Landuyt who went 3-3 for the game with 3 RBI's, Trent McMaster who went 2-3 and Kaden Shaffer who recorded the Blues first homerun of the season with his towering shot over the left center field fence.    "We knew that Riley, Kaden and Trent could hit when they were identified by the Blues.  Riley played at JCCC and is taking his game to the next level at Creighton University.  Trent attends Coffeyville CC and was a definite force this Spring in the Jayhawk Conference.  Kaden played at Fort Scott Community College where he was the best hitter on the team.  He will be attending William Jewell in the fall" said Moore.

Other Blues players registering hits were Skyler Smith,  Grant Arnold and Skyler Daily.   

Blues to Play Junction City Brigade Tonight 

The Baldwin City Blues are scheduled to play the Mid Plains League leading Junction City Brigade tonight at "Blues Field" in the Baldwin Parks and Rec Complex.  The double header is scheduled to begin at 5 PM.  Come on out for a great night of baseball. 

Blues Take One Game From Rossville Rattlers 

Baldwin City Blues 5-Rossville Rattlers 1  The Baldwin City Blues needed some mojo in their series against the Rossville Rattlers after a string of disappointing losses.  They got it in the form of Mid America Nazarene University hurler, Zach Stinnett.  Game one of the double header against the Rossville team saw Stinnett mix a lively fastball with effective off speed offerings to keep the Rattlers off balance and guessing. The Blues right hander also controlled the strike zone throwing first pitch strikes to 19 of the 26 batters he faced and recording on 21 balls in the 88 total pitches thrown.  "First pitch strikes are key and Zach delivered" remarked statistician Tom Fliger.  Stinnett's line included 4 K's, 0 walks and only 4 hits as the Blues recorded the much needed 5-1 win.  "This was a sterling pitching performance" remarked Fliger. 

Offensively the Blues got hits from Benden Maxwell (2-3, RBI), Riley Landuyt (2-3) and Trent McMaster. 

Rossville Rattlers 9-Baldwin City Blues 7  The Baldwin City Blues got off to a quick 6-0 lead against the Midwest A's in game two of their Friday night double header, however the win would prove elusive as they dropped the game by a final score of 9-7.  Grant Arnold started on the mound for the Blues and threw the ball well through 4 innings, maintaining the Blues lead.  However several timely hits by the Rattlers, combined with a couple of Blues miscues allowed the Rattlers to take the lead.  Benedictine University product Seth Slayman pitched well in later innings and surrendered only one earned run.  Offensively the Blues got hits from Skyler Smith (double), Logan Lauffler (double, RBI), Trent McMaster, Kaden Shaffer (triple, RBI), Brenden Maxwell (2-3, 2 RBI), Nick Middleton (single, RBI), Myles Smits (2-2, RBI) and Skyler Daily (1-1). 

Rossville Rattlers 2-Baldwin City Blues 1 In a game that mirrored the pitching performance turned in by Zach Stinnett, the Baldwin City Blues utilized 3 pitchers to keep the Rattlers at bay.  The combination of Matt Schwindt, Jace Burdette and Bret Harris shut down the Rattler's offense, allowing 1 earned run.  Unfortunately the Blues were only able to score 1 run with bases loaded in the 1st inning and failed to score with runners on in two other innings.  In the end the Blues difficulty in getting the key hit proved costly as they dropped the game 2-1.  Offensively Skyler Smith led the Blues with a two hit performance.  Kaden Shaffer and Grant Arnold also recorded hits for the Blues.   

Blues Unable to Convert in Games Against Midwest A's

The Baldwin City Blues just completed an active week of scheduled home games against the Midwest A's and Rossville Rattlers.  Following a rainout on Monday against the A's the Blues played a double header on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  The rainout has been rescheduled for June 30 against the A's.

Midwest A's 15-Baldwin City Blues 0 The Wednesday night double header got off to a shaky start against the Midwest A's as the Blues surrendered 8 first inning runs against the team from Belton, Missouri.  The A's, a noted power in the Mid Plains League sent 13 batters to the plate as they appeared to be dialed in, delivering key hits to put the Blues away early.  The A's would score an additional 7 runs in later innings, run ruling the Blues in 5 innings.  Although the Blues lacked offense, Chase Ray and Logan Lauffler did record the Blues only 2 hits in game one.  

Avery Fliger and Jake Miller pitched well for the Blues.  Fliger threw 3 innings, giving up 2 2/3 innings giving up 3 earned runs to the hot hitting A's.  Miller pitched 2 innings and did not allow a hit. 

Midwest A's 8-Baldwin City Blues 6  The Blues gave a much improved effort in game two against the Midwest A's, falling by a final score of 8-6.  Pounding out 11 hits, the Blues seemed on a mission to not repeat the opening game performance and took an early 2-1 lead through 2 innings of play.  The A's would then score 2 runs in the top of the 3rd and 1 more in the top of the 4th to take a 4-2 lead.  However the Blues had a different plan and scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th to knot the game at 4 runs a piece heading into the final 3 innings.  The Blues were led by Skyler Smith who had 2 hits, Trever McClannahan (2-3), Kaden Shaffer (2-4), and Bryce Burdette (2-4).  The A's then errupted for 4 runs in the top of the 5th making the score 8-4 in favor of the A's. 

Matt Schwindt was then called on by Manager Jason LaRocque to pitch the 6th and 7th innings. Schwindt did not allow a run and kept the Blues in the game.  Mixing his pitches well, Schwindt induced numerous ground ball outs to give the Blues an opportunity.  They delievered and scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to bring the Blues within 2 runs.  However, they could not come up with the key hit and left the potential tying runs on the base paths. 

Blues batters also recording hits were Trent McMaster (1-3, RBI), Chase Ray (1-4, 2 RBI) and Grant Arnold (1-5).  

Blues Monday Double Header Against Midwest A's Postponed

Rain is again creating havoc for the Baldwin City Blues Summer Schedule as over 2 inches of the wet stuff fell on Blues Field overnight.  With the previous rains getting the field ready for the 5PM double header was impossible.  The Wednesday single game will now be played as a 7 inning double header with a single 9 inning game to be made up in early July.  "I know this rain is tough on all the teams" remarked Blues GM Michael Moore.  "We need to get some days where we have no rain to give the fields a chance to dry out."

Blues Drop Game in Haysville

Despite a great start from RHP Avery Fliger, the Baldwin City Blues were unable to get a key hit and came away from their non-league game with the Haysville Aviators with a 3-0 loss.  The Aviators, a finalist in the NBC College World Series in 2014 shut down several early threats mounted by the Blues.  In the top of the 1st the Blues managed to load the bases with no outs.  Then a broken bat ground ball back to the Haysville pitcher started a 1-2-3 double play.  A fly ball out to right then ended the inning without the Blues plating a run. 

Fliger kept the Aviators at bay by mixing his fast ball with nice off speed pitches.  The Aviators were able to plate a run in the bottom of the 3rd inning after Fliger was called for a balk.  Fliger then struck out the Haysville batter and ended the inning. 

The Blues mounted scoring threats in the 4th and 6th innings with runners reaching 2nd and 3rd with one out.  However timely strike outs and ground balls made the Haysville pitching staff effective in keeping runs off the board.  However Fliger and Ottawa University Product Matt Schwindt continued to pitch well and limited the Aviators' offense. 

Offensively the Blues were led by Cris Roman (2 singles), Trent McMaster (2 singles), Nick Middleton (single) and Bryce Burdette (single).  "I thought we battled well.  Avery and Matt threw very well.  The balk call kind of gave the Aviators a little life, but I thought we kept a very good team from scoring runs with our pitching and nice defense" stated GM Michael Moore.  Blues skipper Jason LaRocque also thought the team performed well.  "We were just a hit from getting out on top.  In a pitcher's dual that's so important.  I liked the way we competed though."

Blues Lose Double Header to Junction City

The Baldwin City Blues traveled to Junction City last Sunday to take on the Brigade in a pair of games at historic Rathert Field.  Although the Blues started well in both, they came away on the losing side of both games.

Game One saw Wisconsin Parkside product, John Dokalas take the hill in his attempt to end the Blues' one game slide.  Dokalas responded, scattering 3 hits through the first 3 innings as the Blues took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the 4th of the 7 inning game. Then, the Brigade would take advantage of a couple of Blues miscues and string together 6 hits to plate 5 runs and take a 7-5 advantage.  The Brigade would score an additional 3 runs making the final outcome 10-5 in favor of the home team. 

Offensively the Blues got hits from Cris Roman (single), Riley Landuyt (single), Grant Arnold (single, RBI), Trent McMaster (single), Kaden Shaffer (single) and Chase Ray (single).   "We did a nice job early in the game.  They got a couple of seeing eye hits and we didn't make a couple of plays.  Those things will change a game" remarked Blues Manager Jason LaRocque. 

Game Two began approximately 45 minutes after game one as the Brigade was recognizing opening night of the Junction City Little League.  With approximately 1500 fans in attendance plus 250 little leaguers the Blues found themselves on the field and in front of the largest baseball crowd they had ever played for.  "This was a nice atmosphere.  I really liked how our guys joined in on the activities with the little league players between games.  It really seemed to make the little leaguers day" stated Blues GM Michael Moore.

Game Two saw Maranatha Academy product, Jace Burdette get the start for the Blues.  Burdette's efforts resulted in a close 3-2 battle through 4 1/2 innings of play.  As in game one, the Blues inability to take advantage of good pitching resulted in 6 runs being plated in the bottom of the 5th inning.  A single run was also scored in the bottom of the 6th.  Then when the Blues could not respond in the top of the 7th inning, the game ended with a final score of 10-2.  "Jace threw the ball really well.  I was pleased with his effort tonight" commented Blues Manager Jason LaRocque.  "I also liked the way Jake Miller came in the 6th and struck out two of their better hitters."

Offensively the Blues got hits from Cris Roman (single), Skylar Smith (2 singles, RBI), Nick Middleton (single, RBI) and Myles Smits (single).  

The Blues traveled to Wichita on Wednesday to take on the Haysville Aviators.  

Blues Drop Game Three At Senators

The Baldwin City Blues dropped the final game of their three game series against the Topeka Senators on Thursday by a final score of 5-3.  Good offensive performances were turned in by Cris Roman (2-4; 2R), Trent McMaster (1-3, 1RBI), Kaden Shaffer (1-1), Skylar Smith (2-2, 1R) and Nicholas Middleton (1-2).  Solid pitching from starting pitcher Jeremy Melvin and relief pitchers Jace Burdette and Bret Harris kept the Blues in position to win the game. 

The Blues got off to a 2-1 lead against the Senators in the top of the 2nd inning.  However the legislators from Topeka would answer with 2 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  The Senators' 3-2 lead would hold until the top of the 5th when the Blues would tie the game up.  Cris Roman led off the inning with a single to CF.  He then moved to 2B on a FC by Logan Lauffler and came home on a SAC Fly to RF by Grant Arnold.  

The 3-3 tie would hold until the bottom of the 6th inning when the Senators would score 2 unearned runs.  The Blues were unable to answer in the top half of the 7th inning.  "I thought we battled tonight.  We did some things really well" stated Blues Skipper Jason LaRocque.  "We're going to keep battling and getting better." 

Blues Take Game Two 13-5; Look for Series Sweep

The Baldwin City Blues used an 8 run 7th inning to break a 5 all deadlock with the Topeka Senators and claim game two of their 3 game series 13-5.  The 8 run outburst allowed the Blues to post their second consecutive crooked number victory against the home team Senators.  "We missed a couple of early scoring opportunities but all in all we got the win," commented Blues Manager, Jason LaRocque.

The Blues sturck first in the top of the 3rd by plating 2 runs to take a 2-0 lead.  Trent McMaster (Coffeyville CC) drove in the first run by hitting a line drive single to center field.  Kaden Schaffer (F

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