FSCC Baseball took on Independence in a 4 game conference series this past weekend. The Hounds took all 4 games in the series moving their overall record to 16-5 and conference record to 6-2 in the KJCCC eastern division. FSCC currently sits in a 3 way tie with Cowley and Allen for first place.
The series began Friday at Lions field in Fort Scott. Nick Sloan made his first start of the season, putting together a strong outing going 6 innings allowing 3 runs and striking out 3. Closer Kobie Schmitt earned his 3rd save of the year, throwing a scoreless 7th striking out 2. Brandon Krennrich homered for the hounds, while Mitch Sloan and Will Baker added multi-hit games in the Hounds 7-3 win.
Game 2 saw a Greyhound Power display as the Hounds were again victorious 8-6. Ben McConnell, Andruw Mckenzie, Brandon Krennrich, Andrew Morrow, and Quinn Waterbury all hit homeruns for FSCC. Justin O'Laughlin earned his 4th win of the year in a gutsy performance. He went 8 innings, and allowed just 3 earned runs and struck out 11. Closer Kobie Schmitt came in again to notch his 2nd save of the series, and 4th of the year. He threw a scoreless 7th and struck out the side.
Sunday saw the series shift to Independence where FSCC was making just their 2nd road trip of the young season. Game 3 saw a pitchers duel through 5 innings with the score 0-0. The Hounds broke through in the 6th with Brandon Krenrich's 3rd home run of the series. FSCC added 5 runs in the 7th highlighted by a Quinn Waterbury home run. Boby Johnson was strong again on the mound going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs and striking out 4. Closer Kobie Schmitt closed the game again for his 3rd save of the series.
The Hounds went for the sweep in game 4 of the series, and were successful winning 8-4. Kyle Smith made his 1st start of the year and went 7 strong innings allowing just 2 unearned runs and striking out 8. Kobie Schmitt came in for his 4th appearance in 4 games, throwing 2 innings and striking out 2. The offensive highlight of the game came in the FSCC 5th when Quinn Waterbury and Sean Moore hit back to back home runs. Harrison Whitworth and Will Baker contributed multi-hit games. Head Coach John Hill III shared his thoughts on the weekend.
"Anytime we are able to sweep a series in this conference is incredibly important. While we feel we have started out strong, we will not be content with our recent success. It is always easier as a coaching staff to make suggestions and adjustments while experiencing success. We will address some of those this week in practice and look to apply them in our series next weekend. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking on Labette, and continuing to see the progression of all of our players."
The Hounds will be back in action in a 4 game series against Labette this Thursday and Saturday. Thursday's game will be in Parsons with the series returning to Fort Scott Saturday. Both sets of games will begin at 1:00