KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College used the long ball for a quick 11-0 win over Highland Thursday only to fall short in a big comeback in a 14-11 loss in the nightcap.
The split kept the Blue Devils in fourth place in the Jayhawk Conference at 12-14 heading into a doubleheader at Highland Saturday. Overall, the Blue Devils are 23-16.
Jonathan May gave up just one hit and one walk in the 5-inning 11-0 opener that took just 53 minutes.
He was backed by eight extra base hits including two-run home runs by Tanner Foerschler and Malone Smith, two triples by Eli Lovell, two doubles by Travis Stroup, a double and single by Alex Thrower and a triple by Daniel LaMunyon.
The Blue Devils spotted Highland an 8-0 lead in the first two innings, then rallied to tie 8-8 with three runs in the seventh capped by a bunt single by Alex Thrower.
However, Highland scored four runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to blunt a 3-run KCKCC rally in the eighth. Landon Mason drove in three runs with three singles and Tyler Richmond doubled twice.