The Coffeyville Red Ravens split its season series with Allen County after going 1-1 again on Saturday.
Coffeyville had its offense clicking early in the first contest. In the bottom of the 1st, Austin Gonzales crushed a ball to right field that brought leadoff hitter Orlando Gonzalez around for an early 1-0 lead. Austin Gonzales would pick up another RBI on a groundout in the 3rd inning, but unfortunately, Coffeyville’s offensive production would come to a halt past that point. Meanwhile, Allen County finally started to get things going themselves. A fielder’s choice put 1 on the board in the 5th, and the Red Devils tied things up in what could have been the game-deciding top of the 7th with an RBI double for Nate Bach.
The game headed into extra innings, but only the 8th inning was needed. Allen County’s Christian Altamirano, the ninth hitter in the lineup, hit another RBI double to give the Red Devils the go-ahead, and eventually, game-winning run. The Ravens dropped the first contest, 3-2. Christopher Spry pitched another complete game for Coffeyville but took the loss. Allen County’s Brett Buchanan also went the full 8 innings, getting the win.
The second contest of the day saw Coffeyville struggle to get anything going against Red Devils ace Josh Fluet. After giving up a run in the top of the 1st, Coffeyville themselves were able to at least plate a run in the bottom half on what proved to be a rather controversial interference call. However, the Allen County starter largely befuddled the Red Ravens hitters, striking out 9 in just over 5 innings of work.
After walking 2 in the 6th, Fluet was pulled for a fresh arm, and Coffeyville took advantage. Jackson Mannix sent a fly ball out to deep right field that brought home the go-ahead runner from 3rd, and the Ravens would pull off a double steal that sent another across. Scoring 2 runs proved to be just enough for Coffeyville, as the Red Devils brought the game back to 1 after a sacrifice fly of their own brought a runner home. Coffeyville reliever Jayden Quarles would settle down enough, however, to finish things off and give the Red Ravens the 3-2 win.
The Red Ravens are now 20-17 on the season. They’ll take a step back from conference play today, taking on the Oklahoma Wesleyan Junior Varsity.