T-Birds Drop Three out of Four from Second Place Colby Trojans

JW Maldaner allowed just four hits over six innings in the game one loss to Colby.
JW Maldaner allowed just four hits over six innings in the game one loss to Colby.

Concordia, KS- The Cloud County Baseball team dropped three out of four over the weekend to the second place Colby Trojans. The series was moved up to Friday and Saturday due to the rain in the forecast.

Cloud County Hall of Fame Inductee Rico Gholston was on hand on Saturday and was presented with his Hall of Fame plaque. Gholston threw out the first pitch and took time to meet with the current players and coaches.

Ten T-Bird sophomores were also honored prior to Saturday's games. The Sophomores were playing their final game on Doyen Field this weekend.

The game three win started with a six run first inning for Cloud County. The T-Birds chased the Colby starter from the game before he could get an out and sent 11 hitters to the plate.

Colby attempted to get back in it before Cloud answered with three runs in the 4th and four more in the 5th to go ahead for good.

Cloud scored 14 runs in the game without an extra base hit. They took advantage of ten free passes issued by the Trojan pitching staff.  

John Badgett avoided the big inning as he found a way to escape several jams throughout the day and earned a complete game victory. Badgett scattered eight hits, allowing four earned runs in the win. He struck out nine.

Bryce Lievens was 3-4 in the win. 

Cloud was outscored 18-1 in the day one double header. The Colby pitching staff allowed just seven hits on the day and struck out 22 T-Bird hitters. 

JW Maldaner settled down in game one after allowing a first inning grand slam. He went six innings and allowed just four hits and five runs. 

Jared Winter worked six innings in game two but took the loss. The third year sophomore allowed four earned runs in his longest outing in over two years. 

The T-Birds fell 18-7 in game four. Colby scored in all but one inning and pulled away late with four runs in the 6th and five in the 8th. The Trojans had 18 hits in the game four win. 

Cloud will now travel to Salina on Wednesday for a double header with Brown Mackie starting at 1:00 pm.