Kaufman Realty had a tough road task on Sunday, July 8 when it squared off with B&L Transport in a double-header.
Game one saw Kaufman Realty record a comeback 6-4 win while Jordan Yoder was a bulldog on the mound in game two, and Kaufman plated six runs in the second inning to record a 7-0 win and a sweep on the day.
Kaufman got right after it in the top of the first in game one when with one out Kobe Miller singled, and with two outs Todd Ropp drew a walk.
Cordell Miller then lashed a shot to third, where it was mishandled for an error, allowing two runs to score. Brandt Miller singled, and Damien Kandel followed with a run-scoring singe to make it 3-0 KR.
It didn’t take long for B&L Transport to respond against Garrett Harstine.
With two outs Brandon Rennicker singled in front of Adam Wilson, who liked the look of Harstine’s first offering and sent it special delivery over the wall in left for a two-run home run, trimming Kaufman’s lead to 3-2 after one inning.
Cameron Miller’s double went to waste in the second for KR, and Harstine sailed through the second. Neither team mustered a run in the third.
Harstine lost his rhythm in the fourth when he walked the first three hitters. Josh Kimble singled in a run, and Brandon Johnson hit a sacrifice fly, but Harstine was able to escape further damage with Kaufman trailing 4-3.
Kaufman was able to even the score in the top of the fifth when Cordell Miller and Brandt Miller singled and Damien Kandel forced Cordell Miller at third on a bunt attempt in front of Stone King’s RBI single.
Harstine was perfect in the bottom of the fifth, and Kaufman retook the lead in the sixth. Kobe Miller singled to start the inning, and Cameron Miller followed suit, advancing Kobe Miller to third. Todd Ropp walked to load the bases, but Cordell Miller popped out to the mound for the first out. Brandt Miller delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly to right to plate Kobe Miller with the go-ahead run. Damien Kandel added a huge insurance run with a two-out single that plated Cameron Miller and Kaufman led 6-4.
Neither team scored over the next inning, and B&L had one final at-bat to try to find a way to pull out a win. Jake Smith got things started for B&L with a single, chasing Harstine and bringing on reliever Braden Mast. Mast allowed a walk and then got a force out at third for the first out of the inning. Mast got a huge strikeout and then induced a game-ending fielder’s choice to salvage a 6-4 win for Kaufman Realty.
Kobe Miller rapped out three hits for Kaufman while Cameron Miller, Brandt Miller, Kandel and Bryan Yoder all lashed a pair of hits apiece. Kandel provided two RBI while Cameron Miller scored a pair. On the mound Harstine picked up the win, improving his season record to 5-2. He allowed four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three, while Mast picked up the save with one inning of scoreless baseball.
The nightcap was far less nerve-racking for Kaufman Realty, which blew the game wide open with a six-run second inning in support of starter and winner Jordan Yoder, who improved to 5-0 on the year.
Kline and Kobe Miller opened the game against Colten Newell with a walk, and Brandt Miller’s bunt single loaded the bases with no outs. Todd Ropp’s sacrifice fly to center plated Kline, but a relay to third nailed Kobe Miller trying to advance, and the rally fizzled out with just one run.
After Yoder worked around an error by Kline in the bottom of the first, Kaufman went about putting this game to bed with its huge uprising in the second inning.
Cordell Miller looped a single to right, and Austin Marko reached on an infield single. After Kandel struck out, Yoder helped himself by singling to left to plate Cordell Miller for a 2-0 lead. King’s long double to center scored KR’s third run, and Kline popped up an infield single to make it 4-0 in favor of Kaufman. After Mitch Massaro struck out, Brandt Miller lined a two-run single to center for a 6-0 edge. Ropp was hit by a pitch, and Cameron Miller singled home a run to give KR a 7-0 bulge.
It was all Yoder after that. The crafty southpaw struck out the side in the second after allowing a single and struck out all three batters he faced in the third. When he struck out the lead-off hitter in the fourth, he had struck out seven straight batters. He did allow his second single in the fourth but quickly got a strikeout to end the inning.
He stumbled momentarily in the fifth when he walked a pair of hitters, but then he seemed to get back on track by sitting down the final two batters of the inning on strikes to maintain the 7-0 lead.
A walk allowed in the sixth was erased on a 6-4-3 double play, and he was able to work through the seventh as he began to tire. He allowed a walk and hit a batter but got two harmless fielder’s choice ground outs to end the game and improve Kaufman’s record to 12-4 on the campaign.
Yoder was brilliant in the win, twirling a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 12 while walking four. At the plate, five different Kaufman Realty players banged out two hits including Brandt Miller, Cameron Miller, Cordell Miller, Marko and Jordan Yoder.