LAMAR, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team scored 10 runs each in the sixth and seventh inning to post a commanding 22-7 win over Lamar Community College Saturday to open Empire Conference play in Lamar, Colorado.
The 22 runs scored is only the sixth time in school history the Cougars have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The last time was when they scored 20 runs against Miles Community College in 2016. The record for runs in a game is 31 against McCook on May 9, 2003.
The win was the first for the Cougars in conference play as they are now 1-0. WNCC is 2-8 overall on the season. The Cougars will face Lamar in a conference doubleheader on Sunday before returning home for a double-dip with Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday.
Saturday’s win was a different type of game as well. The Cougars managed just 10 hits in the contest on all singles. WNCC reached base 11 times via the walk and four other Cougars were plunked by the pitch.
Early on, though, Lamar was controlling the tempo, grabbing a 4-0 lead before the Cougars sliced the lead in half with two runs in the fourth inning. Dermot Fritsch led off with a single and then Luis Alcantara…