The Hays High School baseball team was swept for the first time this season in Thursday’s doubleheader against Great Bend at Indian Field.
The Indians (7-5) dropped the first game 8-5 before a 15-6 loss the second game of the day.
The Panthers got on the board early and often in the opener. Marcus Altman allowed the first six batters he faced to reach, giving the visitors to take a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
In the bottom half, Altman reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score during Connor Rule’s at-bat.
Great Bend added runs in the second and third to take a 6-1 lead to the bottom of the third. Altman then drove in a run with a double that scored Cole Schumacher from first.
The Panthers answered with two runs in the top of the fourth to take a six-run lead.
Jarrett Pfannenstiel replaced Altman in the fourth.
Pfannenstiel kept the Panthers scoreless the rest of the way, and Hays High got back in the game with a run in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Altman doubled before scoring on a single from Stout in the Indians’ final at-bat. Braydon Delzeit doubled home Stout later in the inning, but the Indians offense, and the game, ended before another run scored.
Great Bend tallied 13 hits to the hosts’ 11 in the opener.
The visitors got off to another hot start in Game 2, scoring four runs in the first for the second time of the day.
Cole Schumacher started the game for the Indians but didn’t last long after walking three batters and hitting two others. Stout came on to get the final outs of the first inning.
Great Bend added another run in the third before Hays High scored four in the bottom half.
Jace Armstrong got on with a one-out single before coming around on a triple from Schumacher. Schumacher scored on an Altman knock. A single from Stout and a sacrifice fly from Delzeit plated the Indians’ final two runs of the frame.
Trey Riggs came in to pitch for the home team after Stout allowed an RBI single in the fifth. The Panthers then added their seventh run on a passed ball.
The Indians got the runs back in the bottom half on a two-run homer from Connor Rule. Rule’s homer was the extent of the HHS offense, while Great Bend scored once in the sixth and eight times in the top of the seventh.
Altman was hit by a pitch to start the seventh, but three consecutive outs ended Game 2 before he could score.
Hays High returns to action when it hosts the Western Diamond Classic from Thursday to Saturday in Hays.