Hounds Season Ends in Wichita

Greyhound Baseball traveled to Wichita for the Region IX Central District Championship past weekend. It is the fifth time in the tenure of Head Coach John Hill III that the Greyhounds have advanced to the tournament.

It began Friday with a matchup against the tournaments number 2 seed Cowley. FSCC struck first when red-shirt sophomore Mitch Sloan led off the game with a double, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore Will Baker then drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Cowley responded in the top on the second with 2 runs off of starter Justin Olaughlin. O'Laughlin went 7 innings allowing 4 runs on 11 hits and striking out 5. FSCC responded in the third with RBI singles by sophomore Brandon Krennrich and freshman Sean Moore to take a 3-2 lead. The score remained the same until the top of the eighth when Cowley scored 3 runs on 2 hits. Freshman closer Kobie Schmitt came in to relieve O'Laughlin and struck out 2 after allowing a single. The score remained the same when the Hounds came up for their last at bat, when sophomore Mackay Williams and Mitch Sloan each got on base with a single and a walk respectively. Two Hound strikeouts brought up Krennrich who doubled follow by an Andrew Morrow single and the game was tied. Cowley scored 2 runs in the tenth off of 2 hits to win the game 7-5. Joe Fragano took the loss for FSCC.

Friday's loss set up an elimination game with the tournaments overall 3 seed Barton County Saturday morning. Fort Scott struck first on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Krennrich, but Barton quickly responded with 2 runs in the home half off of FSCC starting pitcher Kyle Smith. A Sean Moore RBI single in the 4th and a double and triple from Danny Crews and Krennrich gave the Hounds a 5-2 lead after 5 innings. Kyle Smith was brilliant for FSCC going 8 innings and allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and striking out 4. Freshman Andruw Mckenzie had a clutch pinch hit double scoring 2 runs in the Greyhound 8th. Smith tried to finish what he started but ran into some trouble in the 9th before handing the ball to closer Kobie Schmitt for his 15th save of the season.

The win Saturday set up another elimination matchup with the tournament's top seeded Hutchinson Blue Dragons on Sunday. FSCC quickly found itself down 7-0 as starter Nathan Miller struggled going 3.2 innings and allowing 9 hits and 7 runs, but only 3 of them were earned. 6 Greyhound errors ultimately led to the hole. FSCC did make Hutchinson sweat a little when they scored 6 runs in the 8th highlighted by Harrison Whitworth's 2 run homerun in his final at bat as a Greyhound. Ultimately the Hounds could not come back losing the Dragons 14-9. Head Coach John Hill III shared his thoughts on the tournament, and on the season as a whole:

"I could not be more proud of these guys for the resiliency they showed this season, and in particular these playoffs. After heartbreaking losses to Colby and Cowley, they responded with wins, and that as a coach lets me know how much they care. It always breaks my heart to have to say goodbye to the sophomores, but I feel this group has accomplished so much this season. However while our baseball season has ended, we as a program have one more goal to accomplish, that being a national championship in team GPA."

This season was filled with records set by the team and the sophomore class. FSCC finished with a record of 38-24, with the 38 wins being the 3rd most in the John Hill era. The 2017 sophomore class won 75 games making them the winningest class in the Hill era. The FSCC Pitching Staff broke the strikeout record by striking out 410 hitters. The FSCC offense broke the records for batting average, slugging percentage, and doubles. Listed below is a listing of where some of the Hounds stand in the record books. FSCC Baseball would like to thank everyone who supported the team this season, without all of you none of our success would be possible.

Team Records  
Category Number Ranking  
Wins 38 3rd  
Run Differencial 104 5th  
Runs Scored Per Game 7.67 3rd  
ERA 5.70 8th  
Walks Allowed  193 6th  
Strikeout to walk 2.10 1st  
Hitter BB+HBP to strikeout .76/1 8th  
HBP 43 9th  
Home Runs 69 2nd  
Doubles 141 1st  
Stolen Bases 85 4th  
Fielding Percentage .953 7th  
Runs Allowed Per Game 5.98 8th  
Batting Average .341 3rd  
On Base Percentage .429 2nd  
Pitcher Strikeouts  401 1st  
Player Records Offense
Player Category Number  Rank
Danny Crews Single Season Hits 83 4th
Danny Crews Career Hits 141 4th
Danny Crews Single Season 2B 22 tied 5th
Danny Crews Career Doubles 28 4th
Danny Crews Single Season 3B 4 tied 6th
Danny Crews Single Season HR 12 tied 8th
Danny Crews Career HR 20 tied 5th
Danny Crews Single Season RBI 67 5th
Danny Crews Career RBI 113 2nd
Danny Crews Single Season Runs 60 5th
Danny Crews Career Runs 105 3rd
Danny Crews Career Walks  54 4th
Will baker Single Season Runs 53 10th
Will Baker Single Season Hits 79 8th
Brandon Krennrich Single season 2B 21 3rd
Brandon Krennrich Career 2B 21 12th
Brandon Krennrich Single Season Walks 30 8th
Mackay Williams  Career Walks 46 6th
Mackay Williams  Career 2B 22 Tied10th
Mitch Sloan Career 2B 22 Tied 10th
Quinn Waterbury Single Season HR 12 8th
Quinn Waterbury single season BB 38 6th
Ben McConnell Single Season Runs 64 tie 4th
Ben McConnell Single Season SB 30 6th
Player Records Pitching
Player Category Number Rank
Justin O'Laughlin Singe Season IP 92.1 1st
Justin O'Laughlin Career IP 128.2 5th
Justin O'Laughlin Single Season Strikeouts 105 1st
Justin O'Laughlin Career Strikeouts 142 3rd
Justin O'Laughlin Career Wins 7 tied 7th
Kobie Schmitt Single Season Saves 16 1st
Kobie Schmitt Career Saces  16 1st