BY JIM MISUNAS
A rain delay was apparently just what the doctor ordered.
The Great Bend Bat Cats snapped a 2-game losing streak with a dominating 8-1 victory over Haysville in Tuesday’s Sunflower Collegiate League baseball game.
Bat Cats starter Brayden Tower (3-0) and relievers George Austin and Brett Allen combined for a 1-hitter.
Bodi Wallar ignited the victory with a 2-run first-inning homer just as heavy rain pelted Al Burns Memorial Field. After a 40-minute delay, the crafty Tower was unhittable with five innings of no-hit baseball.
The Bat Cats (16-3, 12-2 Sunflower) kept adding runs against Haysville (7-7, 4-6 Sunflower). Haysville visits Great Bend again Wednesday.
Waller doubled and scored on Adam Mustow’s third-inning groundball for a 3-0 lead. Brady Kreutzer singled and scored on a JoJo Nieves fourth-inning squeeze bunt.
Great Bend iced the ballgame with a 4-run seventh inning. Home-run leader Simon Larranaga drilled a 2-run homer that scored Kyle Gates. Mustow scored on Raithan Malone’s RBI single and Dawson French scored when the throw eluded the first baseman for an 8-0 lead.
Haysville spoiled a shutout when Brooks Barry scored on a sacrifice fly by Max Valdez. Barry walked, stole second base and moved to third base on an error. Haysville’s Jayden Hill singled for the Patriots’ only credited hit. Ryan Webster also could’ve been credited with a infield seventh-inning single. Bat Cats shortstop Raithen Malone was tagged with a questionable error after he shifted deep toward third base for Webster's hard-hit groundball.
Haysville 000 000 001 – 1 1 5
GB Bat Cats 201 100 40x – 8 10 1
Rico, Jarboe, Webster (7), Valdez (8) and Buffington, Ronk (8). Tower, Austin (6), Brett Allen (9) and Conner Allen. W—Tower, 3-0. L—Rico. 2B—GB—Wallar. HR—GB—Wallar (2), Larranaga (6).
Great Bend 12-2 16-3
Cheney 11-3 12-3
Hutchinson 9-3 9-3
Newton 8-5 10-5
Derby 7-5 10-5
Wichita Lobos 6-8 6-8
Haysville 4-6 7-7
Kingman 3-9 3-9
Mulvane 1-10 1-10
316 Elite 0-10 2-12
6-19—Newton 6, Great Bend 2; Derby 23, Haysville 11
6-20—Newton 7-1, Haysville 6-0, Haysville 4, Great Bend 3
6-21—Great Bend 8, Haysville 1; Cheney 11-17, 316 Elite 0-0
6-22—Haysville at Great Bend; Derby at Hutchinson; Newton at Lobos (2); Kingman at Mulvane
6-23—Great Bend at Haysville; 316 Elite at Cheney (2); Mulvane at Kingman; Derby at Hutchinson
2022 BAT CATS SCHEDULE
BAT CATS (16-3, 12-2)
W—McPherson Pipeliners 12-5 (W Albus 1-0)
W—Hays Larks 5-3 (W Lanik 1-0)
L— Hays Larks, 0-8 (L Gonzalez 0-1)
W —316 Elite, 9-5 (W Stuart 1-0)
W —316 Elite, 3-2 (W Austin 1-0)
W—Dodge City A’s, 5-2 (W Riley 1-0)
W—Dodge City A’s, 18-1 (W Tower 1-0)
W—Mulvane Patriots, 15-2 (W Lanik 2-0)
W—Mulvane Patriots, 7-1 (W Gonzalez 1-1)
W— Mulvane Patriots, 8-0 (W Albus 2-0)
W— Mulvane Patriots, 11-0 (W Stuart 2-0)
W—316 Elite, 15-0 (W Nedved 1-0)
W—316 Elite, 13-1 (W Howell 1-0)
W—Newton Rebels, 4-1 (W Tower 2-0)
W—Newton Rebels, 11-7 (W Austin 2-0)
W—Newton Rebels, 6-3 (W Lanik 3-0)
L—Newton Rebels, 2-6 (L Albus 1-2)
L—Haysville Aviators, 3-4 (L Rose 0-1)
W—Haysville Aviators, 6-0 (W Tower 3-0)
6-23—at Haysville Aviators, 7
6-25—Hutchinson Monarchs, 6
6-27—Hutchinson Monarchs, 7
6-28-29—at Hutchinson Monarchs, 7
6-30—Kingman Islanders, 7
7-1—at Kingman Islanders, 7
7-2—Kingman Islanders, 7
7-3—at Kingman Islanders, 3
7-7—Derby Twins, 7
7-9—Derby Twins, 6
7-10—at Derby Twins, 7
7-13—at Cheney, 7
7-15—at Cheney, 7
7-18—at Wichita Lobos, 7
7-19—Wichita Lobos, 7
7-20—at Wichita Lobos, 7
7-21—Wichita Lobos, 7
2022 BAT CATS ROSTER
1—Hagen Rose, RHP, Temple College, Troy, Texas
2—Raithen Malone, IF, Temple, Baytown, Texas
3—Colter Maldanado, IF, Barton CC, Lawrence
4—Alex Rodgers, CF, Barton CC, Omaha, Neb.
6—Brady Kreutzer, utility, Fort Hays, Hays
7—Zane Spinn, IF, Temple, Holland, Texas
8—JoJo Nieves, utility, Barton CC, Junction City
9—Dawson French, OF, Temple, Lakeway, Texas
10—Grant Fahrlander, C/IF, U of Texas, Bee Cave, Texas
12—David Stuart, RHP, Barton CC, Lawrence
13—Adam Mustow, RHP/utility, Hutchinson, Sydney, Australia
14—Dre Amaral, IF, Bossier Parrish, Ontario, Canada
15—Cade McWilliams, LHP, Hendrix College, Arlington Texas
16—Hunter Gotreaux, IF, Hutchinson CC, Moss Bluff, La.
17—Kyle Gates, OF, Temple, LaVernia, Texas
18—George Austin, RHP, NE Texas, Dallas
19—Riley Silva, OF, Barton CC, Ontario, Canada
21—Ian Lanik, RHP, Barton CC, Eagle, Neb.
22—Matt Nedved, LHP, Barton CC, Topeka
23—Matthew Howell, OF/LHP, NE Texas CC, Huntsville, Texas
24—Connor Allen, C, Barton CC, Wichita
25—Simon Larranaga, 1B, Temple, Mont Belvieu, Texas
26—Si Schumacher, C/IF, NE Texas CC, Carthage, Texas
27—J.C. Gonzalez, LHP, SW Christian, Oklahoma City
28—Dash Albus, LHP, Temple, Abilene, Texas
30—Bodi Wallar, utility, Hutchinson CC, Papillion, Neb.
31—Brayden Tower, RHP, Emporia State, Shawnee
32—Colby Christian, 1B/OF, Temple, Porter, Texas
34—Tyrus Riley, RHP, Barton , Bentonville, Ark.