The Coffeyville Red Ravens took the first two games of its four game series with Labette Thursday afternoon, winning the first game 4-1 and the second 7-6.
Starting pitching has been a strong point for the Ravens this season, and that was apparent in the first game of the series. Coffeyville lefty Chat Hayes took to the mound, and dominated the Cardinals lineup for much of the game, mostly through forcing easy ground balls and towering pop-ups. RBIs for Jack Bell and Quinton Carlberg gave Coffeyville the lead, but most of the attention was placed on Hayes as he continued to stifle the Cardinal batters. Labette did manage to put a run across in the top of the 5th, reaching base on an error, advancing on a walk, and then scoring on a passed ball. However, the Cardinals still did not manage a hit, keeping a potential no-hitter bid alive. Finally, in the top of the 7th, Hayes would record his fourth, and most important, strikeout.
Hayes faced just 24 batters en route to the win on the mound, while Labette starter Jaxon James took the loss.
The second game proved to be a game of momentum. Coffeyville took just two batters to take its first lead on an RBI single by second baseman Korben Ford. Labette added a run of its on in the top of the second, which was immediately answered by another Red Raven RBI. The fourth inning was Coffeyville's big break offensively, with the Ravens adding 4 runs in an inning highlighted by three separate triples for Jack Bell, Orlando Gonzalez, and Ford. That pushed the lead to 6-1 at the time, but a hard-charging Cardinals squad pushed the game back to 6-3 and eventually 7-4 entering the top of the ninth. Reliever Alex Galvez was brought in to close the door, but he initially struggled, loading the bases and putting the tying run aboard with just 1-out. However, Coffeyville would survive, with Galvez only letting 2 of those 3 baserunners come across and preserving an intense 7-6 win.
Starting pitcher Kinson Michel earned the win, with Galvez earning the save despite the setback. The Red Ravens are now 16-14 on the season, and head into a weekend doubleheader in Parsons against the same Cardinals team.