Cloud baseball sweeps opening doubleheader against Northeast

Cloud County sophomore Ryan Krolikowski earned the win and hit a walk-off 3-run home run in Saturday's first game against Northeast
Cloud County sophomore Ryan Krolikowski earned the win and hit a walk-off 3-run home run in Saturday's first game against Northeast

CONCORDIA, Kansas —  The Cloud County Community College baseball team opened up at home in style Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader against Northeast Community College.

Cloud County (4-2 overall) started the afternoon off with a thrilling 16-13 walk-off victory in Game One, courtesy of a 3-run home run off the bat of sophomore designated hitter, Ryan Krolikowski.

Krolikowski got just enough of a 0-2 pitch to power it over the right-field fence, capping off a 3-for-4 day at the plate with four runs batted in. The native of Grand Island, Nebraska also picked up the win on the mound after pitching the top of the seventh.

"It (walk-off) couldn't have happened to a better kid," said Cloud County head coach Eric Gilliland, referring to Krolikowski. "I didn't think it was leaving the yard off the bat, but it just kept going. It was a special moment for him."

As a team, Cloud County had three players go deep in Game One as sophomores Tauren Langley and Erik Sabrowski each homered in the win. Sabrowski finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI, while Langley was 3-for-4 with four runs scored.

Sophomore catcher Dario DeSantis (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and fellow sophomore Tucker Catlett (2-for-4, 1 RBI) each added two hits apiece, as well.

Game Two

The T-Birds eliminated any chance of drama in the nightcap, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning and rolling to an 18-2 drubbing of the Hawks.

Cloud County finished with 19 hits as a team and launched three more home runs, giving the T-Birds a total of six on the day.

Langley and Sabrowski each went deep again in Game Two, each with three-run shots, while Matt Bondarchuk hammered a two-run shot in the third inning.

For Bondarchuk, who set the program's single-season hits record last season, it was his first home run of his career at Cloud County.

"We know we have a pretty physical lineup. We like to bring in guys who can hit the ball a long ways and mix in some guys with speed in there that can get on base and score runs," Gilliland said. "If we can stay healthy, we think we can have one of the better offenses around."

Sophomore infielder Preston Allerheiligen added a three-run double, while fellow sophomores Brett Fields, Trae McDaniel and Tucker Catlett each finished with two hits.

Freshman catcher Kade Wallace had a big day in his first start of the season, as well, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

On the mound, freshman Jackson Dietel picked up his second win with another terrific performance.

The right-hander went six innings, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four. His earned run average sits at 2.77 through two starts thus far this season.

Cloud County and Northeast will resume the four-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.