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Kaufman crushing it after suffering first loss of the summer

Hayden Mobley chats with owner Dave Kaufman

Kaufman Realty getting dumped by Mr. Trailer in the first game of a double dip Sunday, July 2 may have created a monster.

After Mr. Trailer handed KR its first loss of the season after 14 straight wins, the boys from Kaufman have been on fire, hammering Mr. Trailer 10-0 in the nightcap and then destroying the Blue Wave 16-2 on Thursday, July 6 at Lehman Field.

In the 4-2 loss Kaufman was limited to just seven hits with Hayden Mobley collecting two of those. Pitcher Garrett Harstine deserved a better fate, allowing just two earned runs on six hits in the complete-game loss as Mr. Trailer jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in dealing KR its first loss of the season.

That seemed to reignite Kaufman Realty, and game two was a completely different story. With lefty Jordan Yoder toeing the rubber for KR, the game turned in favor of KR quickly, and Yoder never allowed Mr. Trailer to get back into the game.

With two out in the top of the first, Richie Mast singled and went to third on a Mobley single before Beau Workman doubled them both home for a lead Kaufman would not give up. With Yoder dealing on the mound, KR would continue to build its lead in the third inning. Mast mashed a home run to lead off the third, and Mobley went yard in the next at-bat for a 4-0 lead.

The top of the order had its fingerprints all over a three-run fourth. Scott Troyer singled, Brandt Miller reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Mr. Trailer get no one out, and Mast then unleashed a three-run bomb over the wall in left for a 7-0 lead.

Kaufman put the game away in the fifth, plating three more runs, and it started with Kobe Miller swatting KR’s fourth home run of the contest, a solo blast over the wall in right field. Troyer followed with a triple and scored on Brandt Miller’s sacrifice fly, and then with two outs Mobley, Workman and Joey Gonzalez all lashed singles for the 10th and final run.

Jordan Stutzman came in to finish things off in the fifth with a perfect inning of relief. Yoder twirled four innings of one-hit baseball, striking out five and walking none in picking up the win.

The hits just kept coming when Kaufman hosted the Blue Wave, and the KR team banged out 18 hits, six of them for extra bases. Tyson Gingerich and Todd Ropp both collected a trio of hits while Brandt Miller, Gonzalez, Jordan Yoder and Trevor Kiner all ripped a pair of hits.

Gonzalez got the party started by ripping a two-run double to the gap in left-center in the first inning to score Kobe Miller and Mobley. Gonzalez came around to score on an error, and Gingerich lashed a double to plate the fourth run of the inning.

The Blue Wave hung in there as Kaufman went scoreless in the second and notched a fifth run in the third when Ropp doubled and scored on a Kiner single. Kaufman tacked on two more in the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of walks. Gonzalez delivered an RBI single, and Bryan Yoder smacked a run-scoring double.

Kaufman scored two more unearned runs in the fifth inning, but it wasn’t until the sixth that things started to come unraveled for the Blue Wave, and the floodgates were opened for a huge seven-run inning for KR.

Jordan Yoder and Ropp both singled, and with one out Kiner roped a double to center to score both of them. Gingerich drew a walk, and Mitch Massaro and Mast both singled. Mobley cleared the bases with a triple, and then Yoder followed suit, driving a three-bagger to the wall in right-center to complete the route.

That offensive onslaught was way more than Jordan Knight needed to earn the win. Knight went six strong innings, allowing just three hits while striking out nine.

With the two wins Knight and Yoder improved their mound marks to identical 5-0 records while Harstine suffered the loss to Mr. Trailer and fell to 4-1 on the year.

Mobley continues to rake at an astounding .571 clip while Mast and Brandt Miller are succeeding at .467 and .463 batting averages, respectively.

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