BY JIM MISUNAS
Great Bend's hottest two hitters Jake Tatom (.422) and Armani Raygoza (.367) sparked a 12-3 rout over the Haysville Aviators Friday. Tatom (Kingwood, Texas) and Raygoza (El Paso, Texas) each drove in four runs.
The Bat Cats (22-7, 17-4 Jayhawk) head to Hutchinson Saturday for a single game.
JoJo Nieves singled three times and scored three runs. Tatom, Raygoza, Brady Kreutzer and Jace Wentling each delivered two hits.
Raygoza scored on a first-inning error after he singled home Tatom. Nolan Bushko singled in Nieves and Bushko scored on Tatom's sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.
Aviators Sam Wiese scored on a wild pitch by Bat Cats starter Brett Allen (3-2), who struck out eight batters in five solid innings. Connor Chavez scored on Tatom's groundout for a 5-1 lead. Aviators Cade Irwin and Ben DeVries delivered back-to-back RBIs for a 5-3 score after five innings.
Raygoza delivered a game-breaking double to score Chavez, Nieves and Bushko for an 8-3 lead. Nieves singled in Jase Woita and Tatom's single brought home Kreutzer and Nieves for an 11-3 lead. Wentling's single drove in Woita for the final run.
Reliever Hunter Jones struck out six batters and Kevin Schoneboom recorded three outs as the Bat Cats struck out 15 Aviators.
Haysville 001 020 000 – 3 6 6
GB Bat Cats 220 103 31x – 12 15 1
Levinthal, Ebert (6), Drouhard (8) and Roosma, DeVries (5). Brett Allen, Jones (6), Schoneboom (9) and Wentling. W–Allen, 3-2. L–Levinthal, 0-4. 2B–GB–Raygoza; H–Irwin.
Great Bend Bat Cats 17-4 22-7
Kansas Cannons 13-7 14-10
Derby Twins 10-9 14-11
Haysville Aviators 10-11 10-13
Newton Rebels 8-12 10-12
Hutchinson Monarchs 7-11 8-11
Kingman Islanders 4-15 7-16
7-6—Aviators 7-2, Bat Cats 5-3; Rebels 4-0, Cannons 3-6; Monarchs 15, Black Sox 3; Twins 9, Islanders 5
7-7—Bat Cats 12, Aviators 3
7-8—Bat Cats at Monarchs; Cannons at Twins; Aviators at Islanders
7-9—Bat Cats at Monarchs; Aviators at Islanders; Twins at Cannons
7-10—Monarchs at Bat Cats; Cannons at Twins; Islanders at Aviators