The North Central Missouri College Pirates grabbed a pair of victories on the diamond at Burleigh Grimes Field on Tuesday afternoon, sweeping the visiting Red Dragons of Wentworth Military Academy.
In Game #1, the Pirates beat the Dragons 9-1 in seven innings. North Central scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning, with Stephan Vidal cracking a two-run double and scoring on a passed ball. Vidal had two RBI’s and three hits for the Pirates.
NCMC starter Maverich Lourens got the win, twirling five innings, giving up no earned runs and striking out seven.
A Jared Corbett two-run single got the Pirates offense off and running in the bottom of the 1st inning. NCMC scored once in the 2nd, and added two tallies in the 5th, with a single by Jordan Quarton igniting the rally, scoring Corbett.
With momentum on their side, the Pirates scored 12 runs over the first 3 innings of Game #2, rolling to a 16-6 victory over Wentworth. In the 1st inning, Landon Figg had an RBI double with Vidal striking a two-run homer. The second inning saw an RBI triple by Cameron Dean, an RBI single by Derek Hussey, a Figg RBI single, and an RBI double by Rubiangelo Mingeli.
Figg had two hits and two RBI’s for North Central, while Branden Garza got the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing three runs.
Other offensive highlights for NCMC included a two run homer by Brendley Martina, an RBI single by Cortlen Austin, a two-run double by Corbett, and a sacrifice fly from Dennis Pogue.
NCMC has four games coming up on Thursday and Friday against the Maple Woods Community College Monarchs. Thursday’s doubleheader will be played on Maple Woods campus in North Kansas City, with the Monarchs returning the favor for a doubleheader at Burleigh Grimes Field on Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock. In both doubleheaders, the first game will go seven innings, with the night-cap slated for nine frames.