DIVIS WALKOFF HR POWERS DRAGONS TO SERIES SWEEP

Wyatt Divis heads home to celebrate his two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday in Hutchinson's 6-5 victory over Dodge City. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)
Wyatt Divis heads home to celebrate his two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday in Hutchinson's 6-5 victory over Dodge City. (Andrew Carpenter/HCC Sports Information)

HCC Sports Information
Sunday, April 9, 2017

With one swing of the bat, Wyatt Divis changed the complexion of the Hutchinson Community College baseball team's crucial Jayhawk West series with Dodge City on Sunday at Hobart-Detter Field.

One out away from Dodge City claiming its first series win, Divis hit a two-run walkoff home run to center field to lift the No. 14 Blue Dragons a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Conquistadors in the first game and clinch a series victory.

Divis' big day wasn't done yet as he earned the pitching victory in the series finale, a 13-5 victory.

The Blue Dragons reach the 30-win plateau for the fourth-straight year under head coach Ryan Schmidt. Hutchinson is now 30-11 overall and remains in first place in the Jayhawk West by percentage points over Colby at 18-6. Hutchinson will have a single mid-week game at 3 p.m. on Tuesday against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa at Hobart-Detter Field.

In his first three plate appearances as the designated hitter in the first gave Divis walked. With Hutch trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh with two out and pinch runner Julian Rip at first base, Divis hit a 1-0 pitch off Dodge City closer Dalton Harvey over the centerfield wall for a walkoff victory.

Divis drew the pitching start in the series finale and worked five-plus innings to even his record at 2-2. Divis allowed seven hits, four earned runs and two walks while striking out a pair. Dayden Lane worked the final four innings to earn his third save of the season.

The Blue Dragons hit five more home runs on Sunday to raise their series total to 13. Dodge City pitching had allowed only 17 home runs in its first 33 games this season. Hutch out-homered Dodge City 13-1.

GAME 1 RECAP
Divis' dramatic home run came after the Conquistadors took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh when Cade Engle scored on a Jaden Simmons wild pitch with two out in the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Brady Hoover singled to center field. Two batters later, Divis homered to center field to win the game for the Blue Dragons.

The game was tied 4-4 after two innings. Hutch trailed 4-2 after 1 1/2 innings, but Shane Cooper hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 4. That score stood until the seventh.

Michael Helman, who on Saturday became the Blue Dragons' career hits leader, went 3 for 4 to lead an 11-hit attack. Cooper went 2 for 4 with a double, home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Nolan Hakel went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Starting pitcher Zach Moore had a streak of three-straight complete games snapped. He worked six innings in a no-decision. Moore allowed seven hits, four earned runs and three walks while striking out four. After a rough four-run second inning, Moore worked four-straight scoreless innings.

Simmons (4-0) was the winning pitcher after working the seventh inning.

GAME 2 RECAP
After Dodge City scored a single run in the first inning, the Blue Dragons countered with the next eight runs over the next three innings.

Back-to-back RBI groundouts from Morgensen and Hakel in the first gave the Dragons a 2-1 lead. Scott Wolverton's third home run of the series and an RBI triple by Helman sparked a four-run seven to build a 6-1 lead. Cooper made it 8-1 with a two-run double to right field.

Dodge City cut the Dragon lead to 8-5 after 6 1/2 innings and once again the Blue Dragons responded.

Cooper hit a two-run home run and Helman followed with his 14th home run – the third time in the series the Blue Dragons hit back-to-back home runs – as Hutch scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to build a 12-5 lead.

Cooper had a huge game going 4 for 4 with a double, home run and a career-high five RBIs to lead the Blue Dragons' 14-hit output. Helman went 3 for 5 with a triple, home run, three runs and two RBIs. Caden Doga had his first multi-hit game since March 18 with a single, double and an RBI.

Lane picked up his third save with four innings of strong relief. Lane allowed four hits, one earned run and one walk with four strikeouts. He entered the game in the sixth after Dodge City had plated two runs and got a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to end the threat.

Lane had a potential jam in the eighth after allowing a double and walk to open the inning. The complexion of the inning changed in one pitch when Dodge's Eric Reid lined into an unassisted double play by Brady Hoover. Lane then fielded a slow roller to finish off the inning.

DIAMOND NOTES – The Blue Dragons reach the 30-win plateau for the 24th time in team history. … The Blue Dragons are 4-0-2 in six conference series this season with sweeps of Dodge City and Seward County. … Michael Helman raised his career total hits record to 169, his runs record to 134, seventh in RBIS (106), tied for fifth in doubles (30), fourth in home runs (23), tied for eighth in stolen bases (46) and third in extra-base hits (59). … Helman now has 80 hits for the season which is ninth on the Blue Dragon single-season list, second in season runs (66) and is tied for sixth on the season home run list (14). … Shane Cooper is now fourth in career hits (153), third in career runs scored (122), fourth in doubles (32) and fifth in extra base hits (55). … Caden Doga is third in career RBIs (121). … Bobby Morgensen is now tied for 10th on the single-season RBI list with 59. … The Blue Dragons now have 69 home runs for the season. … The Blue Dragons outscore Dodge City 40-10 and out-hit the Conquistadors 48-26. … The Dragons had 22 extra-base hits to Dodge's five. … Seven different Blue Dragons homered in the series. … Helman finished the series 10 for 15 with four extra-base hits, eight runs and four RBIs. … Cooper was 9 of 15 with two homers and seven RBIs.