Feb 09, 2020 2:58 AM

Blue Dragon Baseball toss back-to-back shutouts on opening day

Posted Feb 09, 2020 2:58 AM
Dawson Linder become the first Blue Dragon since 2014 to post a shutout on opening day as Linder tosses a 1-hut shutout in a 10-0, 5-inning win over NOC-Enid on Saturday in Enid, OK. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Dawson Linder become the first Blue Dragon since 2014 to post a shutout on opening day as Linder tosses a 1-hut shutout in a 10-0, 5-inning win over NOC-Enid on Saturday in Enid, OK. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information

ENID, Okla. – For the first time in Hutchinson Community College baseball history, the Blue Dragons have back-to-back shutouts in the first two games of a season.

Dawson Linder twirled a one-hit shutout in Game 1 on Saturday in a 10-0 Blue Dragon win over Northern Oklahoma-Enid on Saturday afternoon. Then Brian Skillman and Zach Firmature followed with a combined four-hit shutout in a 1-0 Hutchinson win.

NOC-Enid is the defending NJCAA Division I national champion.

The Blue Dragons win their season opener for the third-straight season. The 2-0 Blue Dragons will now compete at the UCO Festival next weekend in Edmond, Oklahoma. Hutchinson will face Crowner and Redlands on Friday and NEO on Saturday.

GAME 1 RECAPLinder (1-0) allowed just four NOC-Enid baserunners in the game – two walks, one hit batter and a Cale Salvage single in the fourth inning of the five-inning rule-rule contest.

Linder plunked Kade Hitt to open the bottom of the third. Hitt advanced to third, but was stranded. Linder then allowed a single and walk in the fourth, but coaxed an easy flyout to end the inning. Leading 10-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Linder worked a 1-2-3 inning to earn his third career victory.

Linder needed 68 pitches to toss his first career complete game and shutout. He had five strikeouts in the performance.

The Blue Dragons post a shutout in a season opener for the first time since 2014 when Kyle Simonds and Austin Harms combined for a shutout in an 8-0 victory over Rose State.

Hutchinson's offense finally got going the second time through the batting order.

Freshman Luke Sartori scored the first run of the 2020 season for the Blue Dragons when he led off the fourth with a solo home run to left field. That ignited a six-run fourth inning for Hutchinson.

An RBI single by Cade Argo made it 2-0. Britton Mulhurn made it 4-0 with a two-run single and Mason Lowe added a two-run triple to account for the four runs in the inning.

Hutchinson added on four more runs in the top of the fifth to make it 10-0. Christopher NobleWill Reetz and Jenner Steele all had RBI doubles in the inning.

Eight Blue Dragon starters has at least one hit and seven Dragons drove in runs. Mulhurn had the only multi-hit game for Hutchinson, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The Blue Dragons had eight hits in the game.

GAME 2 RECAPSkillman worked the first three innings in the second dame. He allowed just two hits and struck out five with no walks.

Firmature took over in the fourth with the game still scoreless. Firmature delivers four strong innings out of the bullpen with only two hits and one walk allowed and four strikeouts to earn the pitching victory.

Enid had a threat working in the bottom of the fifth with Hutchinson trailing 1-0. The first two Jets batters reached on a base hit and walk. Noble made a diving catch in foul territory off the bat of Logan Rutledge just behind the first-base bag for the first out. Firmature then coaxed a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play out of Gage Ninness to end the inning.

From that point, Firmature allowed just one hit over the final two innings to earn the victory.

Out-hit 4-3 in the second game, Hutchinson's lone run came in the top of the fourth inning. Sartori singled with one out and moved to second on an Austin Callahan groundout. Drew Reetz then doubled home Sartori for a 1-0 lead.

The Blue Dragons loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but came up empty.

Sartori, Drew Reetz and Will Reetz had the only Blue Dragon hits. Drew Reetz and Will Reetz both had doubles.

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Feb 09, 2020 2:58 AM
Galliher perfect game highlights opening-day sweep

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

WICHITA – What could be the only thing to top a run-rule victory in Game 1 of a season-opening doubleheader?

How about a perfect game in Game 2.

Making her Hutchinson Community College pitching debut Sunday, freshman Jordan Galliher twirled a perfect game in a 9-0 five-inning victory over the Allen Red Devils to complete a sweep at Two Rivers Youth Complex.

Freshman Sadie Loney was impressive in her debut, allowing just one run on four hits over four innings to earn her first victory as the Blue Dragons roared out of the 2020 season gate with a 19-1 victory in the first game on Sunday.

The Blue Dragons (2-0) will return to Wichita on Tuesday for a doubleheader against the Friends University Junior Varsity before heading to Fort Worth, Texas and the Cowtown Classic next weekend.

GAME 2 RECAPGalliher retired all 15 batters she faced. She started her career with back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning. Over the next 10 batters, Galliher had three groundouts and only one of three fly-ball outs left the infield. Galliher then struck out the side – Allen's Nos. 4, 5 and 6 hitters – in the fifth inning.

The perfect game wasn't official yet after that fifth inning.

The Dragons led 6-0 in the fifth inning. Freshman Lexi Williams capped a big day with her first career home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-0. Maryssa Rollin reached on an error and was pinch-ran for by Trinity EnsmingerNatalie Bevan then doubled before Ashley Wilson secured Galliher's gem with a three-run home run, her second homer in as many at-bats, to reach the run rule and win 9-0.

Galliher needed only 58 pitches to complete the no-hitter. She had only three two-ball counts and no three-ball counts versus the 15 batters she faced.

The game was scoreless through two innings. Taylor Ullery's sacrifice fly to deep left field scored Izzy McCarty to plate Hutch's first run in the third inning. Hutch broke it open with four runs in the fourth. Wilson hit a two-run home run. Kylee Dunn scored on McCarty's double and Bailey Pennycuff's single drove in McCarty for a 5-0 lead.

Wilson drove in a career-high five runs with her first career multi-home run game. She went 2 for 3. McCarty was the only other Dragon with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles. Natalie Bevan also doubled as Hutchinson had seven hits in the game against two Red Devil pitchers.

GAME 1 RECAPThe Blue Dragons hammered out 13 hits and took advantage of six Allen errors in Game 1 to give Loney all the run support she needed.

Loney worked the first three innings scoreless. Loney faced a little trouble in the first inning with two runs on and two out, but got a strikeout to end the inning. Loney retired the Red Devils in order in the second and third innings before giving up a leadoff home run to Riley Zook in the fourth.

Loney threw 59 pitches in four innings and allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking none. Rollin worked the fifth inning and struck out the side to end the game.

By the time Loney gave up that home run, the Blue Dragons had built an 18-0 lead through three innings with three in the first, four in the second and a whopping 11 runs in the third.

Rollin highlighted the first with a two-run home run. Ullery hit a two-run home run to start off the third-inning explosion.

The Blue Dragons had seven extra-base hits and 13 hits overall.

Ullery was one of five Blue Dragons with two hits. She had four RBIs and three runs scored. Rollin was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs. McCarty was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs. Williams and Bevan both had two hits.