The Seneca Indians won two games in a row by 10 runs — defeating Lamar 17-7 on Thursday and Wyandotte 13-3 on Saturday – before taking a 8-7 loss Saturday against Columbus.
In the 17-7 victory, Seneca pushed across two runs in the first, six in the third, four in the fourth, and five in the fifth to enforce the run rule. Lamar scored one in the first, two in the third, and four in the fifth during an effort to extend the game.
Zach Cox had a big day for the Indians — at the plate, he went 2 for 4 with four RBI and he went the distance on the mound, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits with five strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
Parker Wolfinbarger, Daythen Long, and Titus Atkins each had two hits and Wolfinbarger, Gavin Clouse, and Harris Griffith each picked up two RBI. Meanwhile, on the bases, the Indians ran wild with 10 stolen bases, half of them by Wolfinbarger and two by Monty Mailes and one each by Clouse, Kyle Simpson, and Alex Stephens.
Keep in mind that in their five games before Lamar, the Indians scored a total of 16 runs.
In the 13-3 victory against Wyandotte, Seneca plated four in the sixth and five in the seventh to break open what had been a 4-3 game after Wyandotte scored three in the fifth.
Griffith, Long, and Cox each led Seneca with two hits and Griffith led with four RBI, Cox three, and Long and Atkins two each. Alex Cook worked three walks en route to four runs scored and Mailes, Wolfinbarger, Long, and Griffith each crossed home plate twice. Extra base hits included a homer by Mailes, a triple by Griffith, and doubles from Atkins, Cox, and Wolfinbarger.
Long earned the victory and he allowed three runs (all earned) on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks over seven innings.
Seneca lost 8-7 to Columbus despite having three times as many hits as the Titans, 12-4. The Titans scored seven of their eight runs in the final three innings, including the winning run in the seventh.
Mailes and Cook each led the way for the Indians with three hits and Cox added two as the trio accounted for seven of the team’s 11 hits. Cox, Long, Mailes, and Wolfinbarger each doubled.
On the bases, Clouse had four steals and Cook, Mailes, Sebastian Middick, Simpson, and Wolfinbarger each had one.
Clouse took a no-decision with five runs allowed (two earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks over six innings.
Seneca, 8-9 overall and 1-2 Big 8 West, returns to action Monday on the road against Big 8 West and Newton County rival East Newton. The Patriots are 10-5 overall this season and own a 5-4 victory earlier this season against their county and conference rival.