By Travis Mounts
A complete effort from the West squad capped its 8-0 win in Saturday night’s Sunflower Collegiate League all-star game at Eck Stadium.
West pitching was dominant, combining for a stellar shutout performance. Cheney Diamond Dawgs’ starting pitcher Trevin Reynolds opened with two shutout innings and his relief corps allowed five hits through the rest of the game.
The West scored 5 runs in the bottom of the second and added 3 runs in the fifth.
West and Cheney head coach Pat Hon said he and his staff watched in amazement as their pitching staff threw a shutout in Saturday night’s All-Star Game. The East were held hitless before a fourth-inning leadoff double from Newton’s Lincoln Andrews.
“The Hutch coaches and I were sitting (in the dugout) talking and thinking, ‘can you imagine going into the NBC with this team?’ Hon said. “… It was a pretty special group of kids on the field.”
Six of the eight West pitchers recorded at least one strikeout.
Each of the East’s final five pitchers pitched scoreless frames.
The regular season wraps up Thursday. The Cheney Diamond Dawgs will host the Rose Hill Sluggers at 7 p.m.
Cheney has been on top of the SCL all season. They started this week tied with the Hutchinson Monarchs at 23-5, while the Sluggers were just two games back in third place.
Wet fields forced some changes to Haysville’s schedule early this week. The Aviators are set to wrap up the season Thursday against the Rebels at Newton’s Centennial Park, closing out a three-game series. The Aviators stood at 6-24 as of Monday.
The Sunflower Seeds finish the regular season with three games against the Monarchs. Monday’s game was rained out. The teams were to play Tuesday at Eck Stadium, and then play Wednesday and Thursday in Hutchinson. The Seeds were 8-20 to start the week.