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Offensive woes hurt Chiefs in road losses
Class AAA American Legion
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DODGE CITY — Offensive issues led to 12-0 and 2-1 losses for the Great Bend Chiefs in a Class AAA American Legion doubleheader against Dodge City on Tuesday night.
The Chiefs managed five hits — all singles — in the two games as they dropped to 6-24 on the season.
“What it comes down to is being able to close out games,” Chiefs head coach Michael Stettinger said. “We just weren’t able to score runs when we need to score runs.”
Tristan Hall took the loss in Game 1, going five innings.
“He gave up four runs in the first inning, but they weren’t hitting him very hard,” Stettinger said. “They would hit these little bleeders through holes. He didn’t pitch bad. That’s why we left him in there for five innings.
“Dodge’s hits seem to find holes, and our hard hits seem to go right at somebody. That’s our problem.”
With Bryce Beck starting on the mound in Game 2, Great Bend held a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth inning of a rain-shortened game.
“We stopped the game after five innings,” Stettinger said. “We had a 45-minute rain delay, and we lost it in the final play of the game.”
With the tying run on first base, Johnny Allende tried to make a diving play in center field, but missed. The tying run came around to score, and a throwing error allowed the go-ahead runner to score.
The Chiefs, who are in a 12-game losing streak, travel to Hays tonight for a doubleheader against the Thomas More Prep Marian Monarchs, starting at 6.

                                                        — Kevin Price