The Hays Eagles legion baseball team showed both patience and aggressiveness at the right times offensively, rolling to a doubleheader sweep of Dodge City with 14-2 and 8-0 wins on Tuesday at Hays High Field.
The Eagles drew a combined 13 walks on the day while putting up 20 hits in the run-rule victories.
Eagles coach Dustin Schumacher liked his team's approach at the plate.
"We did a good job of working counts, drawing walks," Schumacher said. "We don't strikeout much; that's a big deal. Putting the ball in play, there's a big difference between doing that and striking out.
"We hit the ball hard the second game, had a lot of line outs. We swung the bat well."
The Eagles, comprised mainly of Hays High players, broke the first game open with an 11-run second inning. The Red Demons struggled with their command on the mound, walking four and hitting three in the frame.
Trey Riggs and Carson Jacobs came up with RBI singles and Cody Petersen had a two-run double in the big second inning. The run rule was enforced after the fourth inning.
"We just waited till we got a pitch and drove it where ever it was pitched," said Riggs, who will be a senior for Hays High.
The Eagles took a little longer to get going in the second game, getting a run in the first, two in the fourth and five in the fifth to force the run rule again.
Jamison Martin led the Eagles with three hits in game two, and Riggs, Braden Stauth and Brett Herrman had two hits each.
The Eagles improved to 6-1-1 on the season.
"It's been somebody every game so far," Schumacher said. "Everybody has been contributing. It's not really been just a few, it's been a lot of guys. There's also some guys that I know are going to help us down the road who are struggling right now. But they'll get it going eventually."
Jacobs and Stauth combined for a two-hit shutout on the mound in the second game and Brett Hermann tossed three solid innings in the first game.
Schumacher said it was good to see the Eagles bounce back after running into a couple tough teams this past Sunday in Wichita. They tied 6-6 with Kansas Diamond Kings and then took an 11-0 loss to 316 Elite Baty.
"We actually played pretty well on Sunday, just ran into some calls that didn't go our way," Schumacher said. "We ran into a really, really good team the last game. Good to come out and get some wins today."