The Coffeyville Red Ravens couldn't seem to get things going offensively Thursday, dropping two games to the Cowley Tigers 5-1 and 1-0.
Both games had their similarities, but the first game was dominated by Cowley starting pitcher Grant Adler. The Tigers' leading strikeout artist ran through the Coffeyville roster, although the Ravens did score the game's first run on an RBI single by Drew Cates. Adler struck out 11 and gave up just 1 walk in 6 innings, frustrating the Ravens' typically productive lineup. Meanwhile, Coffeyville starter Chat Hayes went deep into the ball game as well, but had trouble with giving up the walk and allowing the Tigers to string together hits. After pushing ahead in the bottom of the 2nd, Cowley added 1 more in the 3rd, and 2 more in the 5th to take a 5-1 victory.
Game 2 was a classic pitcher's duel. Coffeyville's Kinson Michel and Cowley's Logan Kimbro made easy work of the opposing lineup. Although Kimbro would be taken out of the ballgame in the 6th inning, the Ravens' sophomore went all the way to the 9th inning, throwing 130 pitches in a 7-strikeout, 0-run performance. Meanwhile, Coffeyville switched things up with its lineup in an attempt to kickstart the offense, but the result was largely the same, with Cowley relivers Carson Pierce and Miguel Fulgencio continuing Kimbro's earlier work. Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the 9th, but things went south for Coffeyville at the last possible moment. Ravens reliever Tayler Mahoney allowed a leadoff double, eventually loaded the bases, and gave up a single to Cowley's Bryce Madron to allow a Tigers walk-off win.
Coffeyville is now 13-9 on the season, 5-5 in KJCCC play. They'll return home Saturday for the back end of their four-game series with Cowley.