OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College baseball team took a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three Region VI playoff series against Johnson County Community College, rolling to a 10-4 victory Friday in Game One behind a career day from sophomore Tauren Langley.
Langley finished 3-for-4 with a career-high seven runs batted in, four of which game on a game-swinging grand slam in the third inning that vaulted the T-Birds (27-24 overall) to a 4-1 lead over the Cavaliers (34-21 overall).
The seven RBI ties a school record for most RBI in a game. It is the fourth time the feat has been accomplished as Langley joins Jeff Behny (1986), Brad Tessar (1989) and Jake Wells (2016) in the record book.
The home run was the seventh of the season for Langley and came off Johnson County ace Brad Kincaid, who nearly escaped the bases loaded jam with back-to-back strikeouts until Langley stepped in the box.
Langley would come back up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and delivered a two-run single to make it a 6-1 lead for Cloud County. After an RBI walk from sophomore Ryan Krolikowski in the sixth inning, Langley added another RBI single to cap his afternoon.
His fellow Canadian teammate, sophomore Matt Bondarchuk, capped off Cloud County's scoring with a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.
Seven different Cloud County players combine for its 11 hits on Friday, led by Bondarchuk and Langley with three apiece.
While Langley and the offense was owning the batter's box, freshman pitcher Austen Seidel (4-2) delivered arguably his best performance in a T-Bird uniform as the right-hander went seven innings, allowed just one run on five hits, and struck out a career-high 10 batters.
His lone blemish came in the first inning on back-to-back two out hits from Johnson County to take a brief 1-0 lead.
The two teams resume the series at 1 p.m. today in Overland Park. If necessary, a Game Three would be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday.