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Twins down Bat Cats 5-1
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BY JIM MISUNAS

jmisunas@gbtribune.com

DERBY – The Twins played home run derby to down Great Bend 5-1 Saturday in the most unique game in Bat Cats history. The Bat Cats (15-11) and Derby (10-11) will meet again at 3 p.m. Sunday at Al Burns Memorial Field.

By that’s just half of the story.

The Great Bend Bat Cats couldn’t buy a break from the home-plate umpire.

Great Bend coach Roger Ward was thrown out.

The home plate umpire eventually walked off the field in the middle of the Sunflower Collegiate League baseball game with Derby.

Derby’s Josh Bostick homered, but was thrown out of the game while running the bases.

Bostick started the craziness in the third inning when he confronted Bat Cats first baseman Andrew Enwiya after homering.

Several calls tilted Derby’s way, starting with a fourth-inning pop fly by Brett Freiberg that was ruled foul that would’ve loaded the bases with one out.

Ward finally had enough when several ball-strike calls went against the Bat Cats.

Derby’s Nicholas Thibodeau singled home Nick Lopez in the first inning. Bat Cat J.D. Ortiz homered in the second inning for a 1-1 tie.

Bostick started home-run derby with a third-inning homer. Thibodeau doubled home Kirk Woolf for a 3-1 lead. Derby’s Cade Baker and Steve Saunders drilled back-to-back fourth-inning homers for a 5-1 lead.

The Bat Cats scratched out five hits against Derby pitchers Riley Taylor (2-0), Murphy Bostick and Brody Lodgson.

Great Bend 010 000 000 – 1 5 0

Derby Twins 102 200 00x – 5 9 0

Parker, Thomas (5) and Forrest. Taylor, Murphy Bostick (7), Lodgson (9) and Thibodeau. W—Taylor, 2-0. L—Parker, 1-2. 2B—D—Thibodeau. HR—GB—Ortiz; D—Baker, Josh Bostick, Saunders.

SUNFLOWER COLLEGIATE

Hutchinson Monarchs 17-8

316 Sluggers 20-10

Diamond Dawgs 16-9

Great Bend Bat Cats 15-11

Derby Twins 10-11

Haysville Aviators 11-14

Sunflower Seeds 4-16

Newton Rebels 3-17

x-(Andale Warhawks 8-14) 

x-canceled season

7-11–Twins at Bat Cats; Monarchs at Aviators; Seeds at Diamond Dawgs; Sluggers at Rebels

7-10–Twins 5, Bat Cats 1; Diamond Dawgs 3, Seeds 2; Sluggers 12, Rebels 3

7-9–Sluggers 22, Monarchs 6; Aviators 13, Seeds 0