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 Hays 14 6 0.700 0
 El Dorado 12 7 0.631 1.5
 Liberal 12 8 0.600 2
 Dodge City 12 9 0.571 2.5
 Haysville 11 10 0.523 3.5
 Wellingtion 9 12 0.428 5.5
 Derby 8 13 0.380 6.5
 Bethany OK 4 17 0.190 10.5


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Season Ends With Defeat At Wellington
The Derby offense failed to capitalize on several early scoring opportunities and stranded eight baserunners, as Wellington took the season finale by the final score of 6-0 on Wednesday night at Hibbs-Hooten Field. After a hit by pitch and a walk gave the Twins two on with nobody out in the top of the first, Wellington starter Brett Clark retired the next two hitters. Kyle Walker then slapped a single into right, but Bryce Fischer was gunned down trying to score to end the inning. The Heat would take advantage of the shift in momentum in the second, as Dayne Sommer blasted a solo home run off Derby starter Nick Rathke. But the big blow came in the fifth, when Rathke allowed a two-out single and then walked three consecutive hitters to make the score 2-0. Matt Heck then roped a double into the left field corner, increasing the Heat lead to 4-0. The Derby bats continued to sputter, getting single runners in every inning but the seventh and failing to score any of them. An RBI single from Heck off reliever Tyler Nelson lengthened the lead out to 5-0 in the seventh, and a throwing error by Brandt Holland tacked on another insurance run to produce the final margin. The Twins would threaten with two outs in the ninth, getting a single from Alex Hrinevich and a walk from Dustin Miller, but failed to break up the shutout against Wellington righthander Daulton Leiker. Derby finishes the season with a record of 15-29, 8-13 in the second half of Jayhawk League play.


Twins Offense Explodes in Home Finale
Twelve Derby hits and a sterling starting pitching effort from Jake Englehart helped the Derby Twins to a 10-1 win over the Wellington Heat on Tuesday night at Panther Field. In the 2016 home finale, the Twins turned to Englehart for his first start of the season. The righty promptly delivered one of the best starts from any Derby pitcher, twirling eight innings and allowing just a single run. He danced around baserunners in every inning but the seventh, stranding 12 Wellington runners in his eight frames. In the meantime, the Derby offense began to figure out Heat starter Evan Johnson. Grayson McCurry got the scoring started in the bottom of the second, slicing a two-run triple into the right field corner for a 2-0 lead. A throwing error from Wellington first baseman Brett Clark made it 3-1 in the fifth, and Doug Rhodes increased the lead to 4-1 with a two-out single in the sixth. The Twins exploded against the Wellington bullpen, getting two in the seventh courtesy of a two-run single from Jason Plyn and then four more in the eighth to make the score 10-1. Brennan Grant launched a three-run homer in the frame, his second round-tripper of the season, and then Mason OBrien followed with a solo shot. Luke Veltri worked a quick and easy 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the victory. The two teams will battle in the rubber match tomorrow night, with first pitch from Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington scheduled for 7:00 pm.


Wellington Walks Off in Series Opener
Two unearned runs in the bottom half of the ninth inning, capped off by a Tre Holly infield single, propelled the Wellington Heat to a walk-off 3-2 victory over the Derby Twins on Monday night at Hibbs-Hooten Field. Derby starter Tyler Nelson and David Flattery of Wellington traded zeroes for the first three frames, as neither team managed to get a runner to third base. But the Heat cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, using a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles from Austin Krajnak and Kendall Radcliffe to seize a 1-0. Nelson was ejected at the end of the inning for arguing balls and strikes, so the Twins were forced to turn to reliever Anthony Baleto in the fifth. The righty did not disappoint, flipping a scoreless fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to give the Twins offense a chance to rally. Derby finally got to Flattery in the top of the eighth, when a one-out walk to Brennan Grant brought Mason OBrien to the plate. The Twins slugger deposited a 2-0 fastball into the trees in right, giving Derby their first lead of the ballgame at 2-1. Flattery exited with 13 strikeouts to his credit on 123 pitches, turning the ball over to Wellington closer Sean Cruz. Cruz teamed with Heat reliever Daulton Leiker to navigate a scoreless ninth, sending the game to the bottom half with Derby still in front. After a single and a fielders choice, Wellington had a runner on first with one out when Matt Heck smacked a hard ground ball to the left side of the infield. After Twins shortstop Greyson McCurry couldn't field it cleanly, leftfielder Brennan Grant threw wildly to third, allowing Trent Maloney to come all the way around from first to tie the score at 2-2. A sacrifice bunt from Jacob Trimble moved Heck to third, where he would score on a hard smash from Tre Holly that deflected off the shoulder of OBrien at first base. The two teams will be right back at it tomorrow night for game two of the series, with first pitch from Panther Field in Derby scheduled for 7:00 pm.


Defensive Miscues Doom Twins
Five Derby errors and a relentless Hays offense that cranked out 15 hits resulted in a 10-2 Larks victory on Friday night at Panther Field. After Twins starter Nick Rathke kept Hays off the board in the top of the first, the Larks struck for one in the second, two in the third, and three more in the third to grab a commanding 6-0 lead. A solo home run from Mike Mioduszewski would stretch the advantage to 7-0 in the top of the sixth, before Derby got on the bottom half courtesy of a two-run double from Dustin Miller to cut the deficit to 7-2. But Nate Olinger singled home a run in the eighth off Derby reliever Luke Veltri made the score 8-2, and a two-run single from Mioduszewski in the top of the ninth produced the final margin of 10-2. The two squads will conclude their series tomorrow evening in Derby, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00.


Early Knockout Blow Gives Liberal Rubber Match
A three-run bottom of the first and a four-run bottom of the fourth gave the Liberal Bee Jays a lead they would never relinquish as they knocked off the Derby Twins in the series finale 13-6 at Brent Gould Field. Left-hander Reed Michel made his first start for the Twins, and ran into trouble with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the first. Back-to-back walks, a single, and then a double from Blake Brewster gave Liberal an early 3-0 lead. Michel then walked in a run in the second to make it 4-0, but induced a 5-2-3 double play to skirt around further damage. Derby dented the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, when Mason OBrien singled and came around to score on a groundout from Brady Pfaadt. But the Bee Jays would respond with a four-spot in the bottom of the inning, and then answered two Twins runs with three more in the fifth to make the score 11-3. Derby got its runs on a Bryce Fischer groundout and two Liberal errors, but the Bee Jays continued the attack against reliever Jason Plyn, as Blake Jenkins smacked an RBI double to extend the lead to 12-3 heading to the eighth. An RBI groundout from Logan Burke and another Liberal error made it 12-5, but Jake Englehart surrendered a single run in the bottom half to restore the advantage to 13-5. An RBI single from OBrien in the ninth ended the scoring, as the Twins dropped the series two games to one. Derby will have the day off on Thursday before opening a two-game set against the Hays Larks on Friday, first pitch from Panther Field is set for 7:00.


Monster Night From Fischer Propels Twins to Victory
Twins rightfielder Bryce Fischer went 3-3 with two home runs, a walk, a hit by pitch, and turned a game-ending double play as Derby evened the series with an 8-4 win over the Liberal Bee Jays on Tuesday night at Brent Gould Field. Fischer started off the ballgame with a bang, slicing a solo homer out to the gap in left-center on the second pitch from Liberal starter Andrew Schwulst. Blake Brewster responded with a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the second, tying the score at 1-1. Fischer skied his second solo shot out to left in the third, giving the Twins a short-lived 2-1 lead. Three Bee Jays runs crossed the plate in the third, the big blow coming courtesy of Kyle Knauth, who delivered an RBI double and then scored on a groundout. But the Twins responded immediately in the top of the fourth, using RBI singles from Dustin Miller and Grayson McCurry and then a two-run single from Fischer to seize a 6-4 lead. That would prove to be all the support that Derby starter Nick Burnham would need, as the big righty battled his way through seven innings while preserving the lead. Thomas Harper provided some critical insurance, dumping a two-run single into right field with two outs in the seventh to extend the advantage to 8-4. From there the Twins turned things over to Anthony Baleto, who worked a 1-2-3 eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth. A leadoff walk and a double put Liberal runners at second and third with nobody out. A lineout to center produced the first out, and a diving catch by Fischer in right secured the second out. But Taylor, trying to tag up and score from third, left the base early and was ruled out on appeal to end the game. The Twins improve to 14-24 on the season and 7-8 in the second half of Jayhawk League play. The two teams will meet tomorrow in the series rubber game, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.


Walks Cripple Twins in Series Opener
Thirteen walks and six Derby errors helped Liberal run away with game one of the series by the score of 10-1. The problems started in the bottom half of the first, as Twins starter Tyler Nelson ran into trouble two two outs and nobody on. A walk, a single, two more walks, and two more singles plated three Bee Jay runs. Bryce Fisher gunned down Owen Taylor at the plate to prevent further damage. A 4-6-3 double play plated another run in the second, and an error and a fielders choice in third made it 6-0. That was the end for Nelson, and Twins reliever Cayce Rocco faired little better, surrendering an RBI triple and a bases-loaded walk to make it 8-0 Bee Jays after five innings of play. Luke Veltri battled control issues in his two innings of work, walking five allowing Liberal to seize a 10-0 lead heading into the eighth. Derby finally got on the board against Bee Jays reliever Jacob Moreland, as Fischer smacked a leadoff triple and came around to score on a Brennan Grant RBI triple to cut the lead to 10-1. Doug Rhodes fired a scoreless bottom of the eighth, but Derby was turned aside in the ninth by Blake Brewster. The Twins will continue the series tomorrow night at Brent Gould Field, with first pitch coming at 7:00 pm.


Athletics Complete Sweep With 6-2 Victory
Despite another solid start from Aaron Stretch and a Michael Bainbridge solo homer, the Dodge City Athletics completed the three-game sweep with a 6-2 win on Sunday night at Cavalier Field. After Stretch and Dodge City starter Zebastian Valenzuela traded zeroes through the first three frames, Derby grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Grayson McCurry. But the Athletics bounced back with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth, as Mason Pierzchalski blasted a two-run double to center for a 2-1 lead. An RBI single from Ian Dawkins in the fifth stretched the lead to 3-1, though Stretch limited the damage by retiring the next three hitters. But Dodge City kept up the barrage in the sixth, plating three runs against Twins reliever Christian Vick. Michael Bainbridge would pull a run back with a solo homer in the top of the eighth to make the score 6-2, but Athletics closer Brett Minnick struck out the side in the ninth to close it out. The Twins will now head to Liberal to begin a three-game series with the Bee Jays, first pitch from Brent Gould Field is scheduled for 7:00 pm.


Offense Falls Flat As Dodge City Sweeps Doubleheader
The Derby offense managed to produce just nine combined hits on Saturday as the Dodge City Athletics came away with victories of 14-2 and 8-3 at Cavalier Field. In game one, starter Nick Rathke ran into trouble in the bottom of the first, as the first four Dodge City hitters recorded a double, triple, and two singles to produce a 2-0 lead. After two outs, Athletics designated hitter Matt Haggerty smacked a two-run double to extend the lead to 4-0. Derby got a run back in the top of the second on a Grayson McCurry RBI single, but Dodge City continued the onslaught with five runs in the third and five more in the fourth off Twins reliever Luke Veltri. McCurry launched a solo home run in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 14-2, but the Derby offense failed to produce any other rallies. Jason Plyn was solid in relief, going two scoreless innings. In game two, Dodge City again grabbed the early lead with a Chase Calabuig solo homer in the top of the first. Derby responded with a Mason OBrien RBI double in the top of the fourth to tie the score, but stranded the bases loaded to end the frame. The missed opportunity would prove costly, as the Athletics promptly grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom half on a Mason Pierzchalski two-out RBI single off Derby starter Korbin Polly. The floodgates opened in the fifth, when Dodge City struck for five runs against Polly and Twins reliever Reed Michel. A bases-loaded hit by pitch would bring home another Athletics run in the sixth, making the score 8-1. Derby refused to go quietly, pulling to within 8-3 on a two-run double from Dustin Miller, but the rally fizzled there. The two teams will conclude their series tomorrow night, with first pitch from Cavalier Field scheduled for 7:00 pm.


Big Night From Bainbridge Helps Derby Salvage Finale
Michael Bainbridge went 4-4 and Brady Pfaadt reached base in all four of his plate appearances as the Derby Twins squeaked past the El Dorado Broncos 5-4 on Thursday night at Panther Field. Once again it was Derby jumping out to the early lead, as Pfaadt lifted a solo shot out to right-center field in the second to make the score 1-0. A Michael Bainbridge RBI single scored Brennan Grant in the fourth, and a Gavin Bourgeois infield hit allowed Pfaadt to cross the plate in the fifth as the Twins extended the cushion out to 3-0. But El Dorado bounced right back, using a three-run home run by Tony Kjolsing to even the score in the top half of the sixth. But Derby refused to go quietly, using back-to-back hit by pitches to Marco Burgarello and Pfaadt to reclaim a 5-3 lead. Twins starter Nick Burnham worked a scoreless seventh, and then reliever Jake Englehart fired a 1-2-3 eighth. But the Broncos got a sacrifice fly from Kjolsing in the ninth to inch to within 5-4, before Reed Michel slammed the door by retiring the next two El Dorado hitters to record his second save. Derby improves to 13-20 with the victory, and will now head out to Dodge City to begin a three-game series with the Athletics. First pitch from Cavalier Field is scheduled for 7:00.


Walk-Off Wild Pitch Gives El Dorado Series Victory
In a back and forth affair that saw the two teams trade solo homers over the final three innings, it was a wild pitch that sent the El Dorado Broncos home with a 9-8 victory over the Derby Twins on Wednesday night at Panther Field. Derby took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, using a bases-loaded walk to Mason OBrien, a sacrifice fly from Brandt Holland and an RBI single from Kyle Walker. But the lead would not last long, as El Dorado grabbed two in the second and two more in the third off of Twins starter Tyler Nelson. A balk brought home Brennan Grant in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 4-4, and then Holland deposited a two-run homer over the fence in right to give the Twins a 6-4 advantage. But again the Broncos fought back, as a Nelson throwing error in the sixth made it 6-5, and a Tony Kjolsing solo home run tied things up at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh. Marco Burgarello roped a solo shot of his own in the eighth to give Derby a brief 7-6 lead, but a Cayce Rocco wild pitch plated Tyler Webb in the bottom half of the inning to send the game to the ninth tied at 7-7. Brennan Grant led off the frame by cranking a long home run over the centerfield fence, once again staking the Twins to a one-run lead. But in the bottom of the ninth, Kjolsing responded with a leadoff homer of his own off of Rocco to tie the score at 8-8. After Rocco loaded the bases with three walks, a wild pitch to Grant Ware brought home pinch-runner Phillip Jacobson with the winning run. The Twins and Broncos will conclude their series tomorrow night, with first pitch from Panther Field coming at 7:00.


El Dorado Takes Series Opener in Extras
After Derby rallied with two runs to tie the game at five in the bottom of the ninth, El Dorado struck for three runs in the top of the tenth to grab an 8-5 victory on Tuesday night at Panther Field. The Broncos seized the early advantage when Gavin Bourgeois couldn't come up with a line drive off the bat of Adam Brown, allowing Tyler Sutherland to score and giving El Dorado a 1-0 lead. The Twins would tie the score in the third, as Bourgeois plated Brady Pfaadt with an RBI groundout. It was Pfaadt who gave Derby their first lead, slapping a two-run double into left that evaded the glove of Sutherland and rolled to the wall. But the lead would prove to be short-lived, as the Broncos knocked out Derby starter Aaron Stretch with four runs in the top of the sixth, using a leadoff double and five singles to take a 5-3 lead. The score would stay right there until the ninth, as Twins relievers Anthony Baleto and Reed Michel worked a combined three shutout innings out of the bullpen. In the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Walker led off with a single and then Brennan Grant was plunked with a fastball. A wild pitch moved both runners up, and then Mason O'Brien grounded a single into right to plate both runners. But in the top of the tenth, two hit by pitches, two singles, a walk, and four wild pitches from Christian Vick allowed the Broncos to grab an 8-5 lead. Derby would put runners at the corners in the bottom half of the inning, but Dustin Miller grounded into the Twins fourth double play to end the game. The two teams will continue their series tomorrow night at Panther Field, with first pitch of game two coming at 7:00.


Offensive Explosion Gives Derby Fourth Straight Win
Seven of the nine Derby starters recorded multi-hit games as the Twins rolled to a 19-4 victory over the Haysville Aviators on Monday night at Vulcan Field. A Bryce Fischer RBI double and a Nick Burnham RBI groundout got the scoring started early in the top of the first, giving Derby a 2-0 lead. Two more Derby runs crossed in the second on an RBI double from Thomas Harper and a run-scoring single from Gavin Bourgeois. A wild pitch in the top of the third made it 5-0, when Haysville struck for a run in the bottom half of the inning against starter Matt Whalen to make it 5-1. The Twins blew the game open in the fifth, plating six runs to take an 11-1 lead. Marco Burgarello and Bourgeois recorded two-RBI hits in the frame. After the Aviators sliced the lead to 11-4 in the home half, Derby responded with four runs of their own in the top of the sixth. Mason OBrien cranked a three-run homer, and Alex Hrinevich roped an RBI single to make it 15-4. Derby tacked on one run apiece in the seventh and eighth innings, then added two more in the ninth for the game's final margin. On the bump, three wins relievers combined to allow just one hit over the final four and two-thirds innings, as right-hander Korbin Polly picked up the victory. Derby improves to 12-18 with the win, and will now travel to McDonald Stadium in El Dorado to begin a three-game series with the Broncos on Tuesday night.


Twins Complete Sweep Behind Rathke
Eight and a third strong innings from Nick Rathke and a three-run first inning propelled the Derby Twins to a 6-2 victory over the Bethany Bulls on Sunday night at Panther Field. After Rathke worked around a second and third, no out jam in the top of the first, Derby used doubles from Bryce Fischer and Mason O'Brien sandwiched around two walks to grab a 3-0 lead. That score held until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Brennan Grant sent Bethany starter Tommy Kay to the showers with a two-run double to make the score 5-0. A solo home run from O'Brien off reliever Trevor Settles extended the lead to 6-0, and that would prove to be all the run support that Rathke would need. The right-hander struck out four, did not issue a walk and allowed two runs, just one earned. Both Bethany runs came in the top of the ninth, when Jayland Rodriguez punched an RBI single into right and then reliever Luke Veltri uncorked a wild pitch. But Veltri would slam the door with a strike out and a lineout to cap the 6-2 victory and record his first save of the season. Derby improves to 11-18 with the win and are now 4-2 in the second half of the Jayhawk League season. The Twins will travel to Haysville on Monday night for a makeup game with the Aviators, first pitch from Vulcan Field is set for 7:00 pm.


Bethany Miscues Help Derby Cruise to Victory
Five Bethany errors and five wild pitches helped the Derby Twins to a convincing 8-1 victory on Friday night at Panther Field. Things started promising for Derby, as Gavin Bourgeois led off the bottom of the first with a single and then came around to score on a pair of errors. The lead grew to 3-0 in the fourth on a wild pitch from Bethany starter Carson Corff and an RBI groundout from Doug Rhodes. Two more Derby runs crossed in the fifth on a pair of sacrifice flies from Michael Bainbridge and Logan Burke. That would prove to be all the support that starter Nick Burnham would need, as the righty went six shutout innings to pick up the victory. After the Bulls got a run back in the eighth on a RBI double by Raul Mercado, the Twins blew the game open with three runs in the eighth, using two hits, two walks, a balk, and four wild pitches in the inning. Reliever Christian Vick closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, sending the Twins to their second consecutive victory. Derby will go for the sweep tomorrow night, with first pitch from Panther Field at 7:00 pm.


Bats Just Enough As Twins Take Opener
Starter Tyler Nelson worked seven strong innings and the Derby offense turned ten hits into just enough support as the Twins snagged game one with a 3-1 victory over the Bethany Bulls on Friday night at Panther Field. Derby grabbed a 1-0 lead on a bases-loaded hit by pitch by Michael Bainbridge, but they left the sacks full and failed to cash in any more in the frame. The lead grew to 2-0 in the fifth, when Bainbridge lined a two-out single into right to plate Kyle Walker, who had led off the inning with a single of his own. Bethany got a run back in the sixth on a run-scroing base hit from Cade Carter, but Nelson wiggled out of trouble to preserve the lead. Derby got a pivotal insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Zane Bruschini skipped home a wild pitch, allowing Bryce Fischer to scamper home from third. After a leadoff Bethany single in the eighth, the Twins called upon reliever Anthony Baleto, who got out of the jam and then slammed the door by striking out the side in the ninth to record the save. Bulls starter Jacob Spencer picked up the tough luck loss for Bethany going six innings and allowing three runs. The two teams will battle once again tomorrow night, with first pitch from Panther Field coming at 7:00.


Grand Slam Sends Twins to Defeat
For seven innings, Hays and Derby remained deadlocked Tuesday at Panther Field. But in the top of the eighth, a Reed Michel balk and a Andy Shadid grand slam gave the Larks a five-run inning and eventually a 5-2 victory. Starters Aaron Stretch and Augie Gallardo were phenomenal for Derby and Hays, respectively. Stretch went seven shutout innings, striking out four and allowing six hits. Gallardo countered with six scoreless frames, punching out eight and allowing just four hits. The eighth inning started with a single and two walks, before Michel committed a balk to give Hays a 1-0. A flyout to center and an error loaded the bases again with one out, before Shadid cranked a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left to increase the advantage to 5-0. Derby refused to go quietly in the bottom of the ninth, as RBI singles from Dustin Miller and Braedon Barrett pulled the Twins back to within 5-2 and brought the tying run to the plate. But Hays closer Chad Smith induced a groundout from Kyle Walker to end the game, securing a 5-2 win. Derby will now have both Tuesday and Wednesday off, before kicking off a three-game set against the Bethany Bulls on Friday at Panther Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00.


Twins, Aviators Split Doubleheader
A two-hitter from Matt Whalen and Anthony Baleto gave Derby a 6-1 win in game one of their doubleheader against the Aviators, but Haysville came back to snag game two by the score of 4-1. In the opener, Derby pulled out to an early lead on a bases-loaded walk to Dustin Miller in the bottom of the second, then tacked on another run in the third on a Logan Burke fielders choice. The score remained 2-1 heading into the top of the fifth, when Brennan Grant scored on a wild pitch and Marco Burgarello roped an RBI double off the wall in left-center to make it 4-1. That was all the cushion Matt Whalen would need, as the big righty went five innings, striking out seven and only allowing two singles. Kyle Walker provided the icing on the cake in the top of the sixth, blasting a two-run homer to blow the game open at 6-1. Anthony Baleto cruised through the final two frames in relief to lock up the win. Game two proved a different story, as Haysville starter Kevin Torres was outstanding, going 6.2 innings and striking out 10 to pick up the win. Twins righthander Nick Rathke came close to matching him, as the two traded zeroes up until the fourth. In the top of the inning, Jonathan Soberanes smacked a two-run single into center to give the Aviators a 2-0 lead. The advantage would grow to 4-0 in the seventh, when Walker Davis doubled home a run and Evian Benjamin produced an RBI single. Derby got its lone run in the bottom half of the seventh with two outs, as Gavin Bourgeois launched his first home run of the season, a solo shot to make it 4-1. But lefty Jake Moore came out of the Haysville bullpen to induce a groundout and preserve the split. Derby will now play host to the Hays Larks for a single game on Tuesday night at Panther Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00.


Bullpen Falters as Twins Drop Series Opener
Despite holding a five run lead after four innings of play, the Derby bullpen surrendered eight runs over the final five innings to give Haysville a 10-8 victory at Panther Field. Nick Burnham was able to navigate around trouble for the better part of four innings as the Derby starter, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks. But he left with a 7-2 lead, as the Twins offense rocked Haysville starter Zach Haake for seven runs in 3.2 innings. The big blow came in the bottom half of the third, as Derby used two hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and an error to strike for four runs. Brennan Grant doubled and scored in the fourth to extend the Derby lead, but three Aviator runs against Jake Englehardt in the fifth pulled Haysville back to within two. Kyle Walker's RBI triple provided some cushion, but Haysville scored two in the seventh and three more in the eighth off of Luke Veltri and Christian Vick to complete the comeback. The two teams will be back at it tomorrow night for game two of the series, with first pitch from Vulcan Field in Haysville scheduled for 7:00.


Seventh Inning Rally Gives Derby Sweep
Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Derby offense used a Wellington error and a three-run home run from Michael Bainbridge to score five runs and ultimately a 6-3 victory on Thursday night. The victory gave the Twins their first series sweep of the 2016 season, and also got Tyler Nelson his first win of the year, as the righty went seven innings and allowed just two earned runs. The Heat snagged an early 2-0 advantage on a two-run single by Luis Estevez, but Derby pulled a run back in the bottom of the sixth on Brennan Grant's RBI double. With two on and two out in the seventh, Jon Davis tapped a soft groundball to the left side, which trickled under the glove of Wellington shortstop Grant Van Scoy, and allowed both runs to come home to score. After a walk to Grant put two on again, Michael Bainbridge cranked a three-run blast out to right, giving Derby a 6-2 lead. Austin Krajnak would respond with a solo shot of his own in the top of the eighth off Nelson, but reliever Reed Michel came in and slammed the door with two scoreless innings to record his first save of the season. Derby improves to 7-13 in Jayhawk League play with the victory, and will now kick off a four-game series against the Haysville Aviators. First pitch from Panther Field on Friday night is scheduled for 7:00.


Bats Heat Up As Derby Takes Series
Fourteen Derby hits and a strong first start from lefty Aaron Stretch propelled the Twins to an 11-3 victory over the Wellington Heat on Wednesday night at Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington. The offense got off to a quiet start, with the game remaining tied at one heading into the top of the sixth. It was then that the Twins exploded for six runs, with Michael Bainbridge and Alex Hrinevich both notching two-run base hits to give Derby a 7-1 lead. Stretch exited after 5.1 strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits, turning the ball over to Anthony Baleto. Baleto worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, then worked a scoreless seventh to keep the Heat off the board. Derby blew the game open for good with two runs in the seventh courtesy of a two-run homer from Bainbridge, and then added two more in the ninth on a Gavin Bourgeois two-run double. Jackson State righties Christian Vick and Luke Veltri worked the final two frames to secure the victory, as Derby locked up a series victory. The Twins will go for the sweep tomorrow night back at Panther Field, with first pitch set for 7:00.


Barrett Double Sends Twins to Victory
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Derby shortstop Braedon Barrett smacked a three-run double to the wall in right-center. It would prove to be all the cushion the Twins would need, as Derby squeaked out a 4-3 victory over the Wellington Heat on Tuesday night at Panther Field. The Twins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, when Jon Davis ripped an RBI single to plate Gavin Bourgeois. That score held until the top of third, when Ted Wisdom punched a double to plate AJ Duran and even the game at 1-1. Barrett's double in the fifth gave starter Nick Rathke a three run lead to work with, and the righty protected it until the seventh, where he surrendered two runs and handed the ball off to Korbin Polly. The Oral Roberts hurler slammed the door with 2.1 shutout innings of relief, earning his first save of the season. Barrett led the way offensively with three hits, while Bourgeois notched two hits and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. The Twins will go for the series victory tomorrow night at Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00.


Larks Pitching Stymies Twins in Doubleheader Sweep
Derby hitters managed to produce just two combined runs over both games of Sunday's doubleheader, as the Hays Larks swept the series from the Twins with scores of 1-0 and 8-2. A pitcher's duel broke out in game one, as right-handers Nick Burnham and Alex Lopez traded zeroes until the third, when the Larks scratched out a run on an RBI single from catcher Matt Waller. That would be all the cushion that Lopez would need, as the Hays starter finished the seven inning shutout having allowed just two hits, while striking out six. Burnham nearly matched him, tossing six innings, allowing just four hits and the single run while striking out two. Both pitchers finished their complete games in fewer than 80 pitches, as the seven-inning contest lasted less than an hour and a half. Game two saw more offense from both sides, especially in the bottom of the first, as Hays exploded for six runs against starter Matt Whalen. The Twins got a run back in the top of the second on a run-scoring single from Dustin Miller, but the Larks responded with a solo home run from Austin O'Brien to extend the lead back to 7-1. Anthony Baleto held the Larks in check until the bottom of the fourth, when lefty Aaron Stretch took over and allowed an unearned run courtesy of a Devlin Granberg RBI single. Jon Davis pulled the Twins back to within 8-2 with an RBI single of his own in the top of the fifth, but Derby failed to push any runs across against Hays reliever Cole Hendrix and Shane Browning. Korbin Polly and Reed Michel gave the Twins a chance, as each worked a scoreless inning in relief, but a fly out with two runners aboard in the seventh ended the contest. The Twins will be off on Monday before kicking off a three-game series with the Wellington Heat back at Panther Field in Derby. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00.


Nelson Brilliant, But Twins Drop Opener
Despite eight strong innings from Tyler Nelson, allowing three unearned runs, the Derby Twins dropped game one of their series with the Hays Larks by the final score of 3-2. Hays grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Braedon Barrett committed a throwing error that scored Jax Biggers, but the Twins would respond with two runs in the top half of the third to take a 2-1 advantage. Barrett singled home Gavin Bourgeois, who had reached on an error, and then Jon Davis doubled home Barrett to give Derby the lead. But it would not last long, as an RBI double from Austin O'Brien and a run-scoring single, bunched around two Derby errors, gave the Larks a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish. The Twins will continue the series with Hays tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00.


First Inning Struggles Continue for Twins
A four-run top half of the first inning provided the Haysville Aviators with all the cushion they would need, as they cruised to a 13-5 win over the Derby Twins on Wednesday night at Panther Field. For the second consecutive night, a Derby starter struggled to quiet the Haysville bats, as Cayce Rocco lasted just 2.1 innings and surrendered six runs on six hits. Reliever Jake Englehart fared little better, allowing three runs in 1.2 frames as the Aviators raced out to a 9-0 lead. The Twins managed a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to slice the deficit to 9-2, then used a two-run double from Jason Plyn to pull within 9-4. But Haysville got four runs in the top of the ninth to salt the game away for good, despite an RBI double from Braedon Barrett in the bottom half of the inning. Derby will look to salvage the final game of the series tomorrow night, with first pitch from Panther Field coming at 7:00.


Offense Sputters in Loss to Aviators
The Derby bats were held to just five hits by three Haysville hurlers as the Aviators emerged with a 9-4 victory in the series opener Tuesday night at Vulcan Field. Starter Nick Rathke was knocked around for 11 hits in 4.2 innings, as Haysville grabbed a commanding 8-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Twins got their runs on an RBI double from Alex Hrinevich and a Braedon Barrett sacrifice fly. Reliever Christian Vick did an admirable job of keeping Derby close with 2.1 innings of scoreless work, allowing just a single run on a steal of home by Haysville centerfielder Evian Benjamin. The Twins pulled to within 9-4 on a Nick Burnham RBI double and a Jon Davis, but failed to muster any further offense. Justin Ash worked a dominant bottom half of the eighth, striking out all three Aviators he faced on just 11 pitches in the losing effort. The series with Haysville now shifts back to Derby for games two and three, with first pitch of tomorrow's contest coming at 7:00.


Twins Split Sunday Doubleheader
A 6-5 walk-off victory in game one was followed by a 3-1 defeat in game two, as the Derby Twins earned a split of their doubleheader with the visiting Liberal Bee Jays at Panther Field. Game one saw the Twins fall into an early 3-0 hole, as starter Nick Burnham lasted just an inning and a third. But Derby responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the second, as Alex Hrinevich and Dustin Miller both launched their first home runs of the season. Liberal responded with a two-run homer to seize a 5-3 advantage, but an error and a Kyle Walker sacrifice fly tied the score once again in the bottom half of the seventh. Jason Plyn proved the hero in the bottom of the ninth, drawing a bases-loaded walk to force home Braedon Barrett with the winning run. Lefty Aaron Stretch picked up the victory with two innings of scoreless relief. In game two, both offenses struggled to put together meaningful scoring opportunities. Liberal grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI double from Trey Kamachi, but the Twins evened matters in the bottom of the frame on a Dustin Miller run-scoring single. The Bee Jays would ultimately tack on a run in the fourth and another in the sixth for the final margin, with the decisive blow coming on an RBI single by Liberal's Owen Taylor. Derby starter Matt Whalen pitched well in defeat, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings. Reliever Jake Englehart continued his strong start to the season with 1.2 scoreless frames, but the Twins offense could only muster three hits in the defeat. Derby will be off on Monday, before kicking off a three-game series against the Haysville Aviators at Vulcan Field in Haysville on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm.


Bee Jays Squeak Past Derby in Series Opener
In a game in which scoring opportunities on both sides proved few and far between, the Liberal BeeJays capitalized on just enough to snag a 3-2 victory over the Derby Twins on Friday night at Panther Field. Both teams snagged a run in the first inning, with Liberal using a two-out, RBI single from Cale O'Donnell and Derby getting the same from Kyle Walker. The score remained knotted at one into the sixth, when the Bee Jays took the lead courtesy of a throwing error by Twins third baseman Christian Dominguez. Liberal tacked on another insurance run in the second on an RBI double from Kyle Knauth, making the score 3-1. Derby surged back in the bottom half of the eighth, as Gavin Bourgeois singled home Dustin Miller, who had doubled to start the frame. Bourgeois eventually advanced to third, but was stranded there by Liberal closer Lee Busto, who then worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch the save. The loss spoiled an excellent start from Derby righthander Tyler Nelson, who worked 5.1 innings and allowed just two unearned runs. Anthony Baleto was tagged for one run in his 1.2 innings, and Aaron Stretch worked a scoreless top half of the ninth. The Twins and Bee Jays were rained out on Saturday, and will conclude their series with a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 on Sunday. Both games will be seven inning contests.


Twins Take Rubber Game to Win Series Versus Broncos
A relentless Derby attack produced 12 runs on 11 hits, and a combination of five Twins pitchers kept El Dorado at bay as Derby emerged victorious in the series finale by a final of 12-7. After falling into an early 3-0 hole after two innings of play, a Gavin Bourgeois RBI and a two-run double from Jason Plyn knotted the score in the top of the third. Derby would take a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth, with the big blow a two-run single from catcher Jon Davis. The onslaught continued in the top of the sixth, with Plyn, Nick Burnham, Davis, and Michael Bainbridge all driving in runs to extend the advantage to 10-4. The offensive support allowed lefty Cayce Rocco to pick up his second win of the summer, working five strong innings and allowing three earned runs. Jake Englehardt, Justin Ash, Luke Veltri and Christian Vick worked the final four frames, allowing three runs combined before slamming the door. The Twins now return home for the opener of a three game series with the Liberal BeeJays, first pitch from Panther Field is scheduled for 7:00.


Six-Run Eighth Helps Twins Snap Losing Skid
Back-to-back RBI doubles from Michael Bainbridge and Kyle Walker kickstarted a six-run Twins rally in the top of the eighth, as Derby knocked off the El Dorado Broncos 10-5 on Wednesday night. The inning started with the Twins trailing 5-4, but Nick Burnham reached base on an error and the consecutive doubles gave Derby a 6-5 lead. After a sacrifice bunt from Marco Burgarello, his third of the night, Brady Pfaadt punched an RBI single into left to extend the lead to 7-5. Dustin Miller battled back from a two-strike count, and Gavin Bourgeois grounded out to put runners at second and third with two outs. Braedon Barrett broke the game open by looping a single into right, plating both runs and giving Derby a 9-5 cushion. Brennan Grant would plate the final Twins run when he grounded a single into centerfield. Reliever Anthony Baleto picked up the victory with 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out three, as Derby improved to 2-8 with the win. The two teams will battle it out in the rubber game of the series tomorrow night from McDonald Stadium in El Dorado, first pitch is scheduled for 7:00.


Three-Run Eighth Downs Twins
Tied at 3-3 entering the top half of the eighth inning, the El Dorado Broncos struck for three runs and emerged with a 6-3 victory over the Derby Twins on Tuesday night at Panther Field. Matt Whalen made his second start of the season for the Twins and worked 3.2 innings, allowing three runs, two earned. The big right-hander struck out five, but five walks elevated his pitch count and forced Derby to the bullpen early in the contest. After falling behind 3-1 early, the Twins evened the score in the fifth, using a bases-loaded walk by Jon Davis and an RBI single from Marco Burgarello to even the score. Reliever Korbin Polly kept the score tied for the next three innings, striking out six in his second appearance with the Twins. But in the eighth he issued a walk, then allowed back-to-back singles to load the bases. After an error made the score 4-3, Bradley Gonzalez was brought on to face Mike Leal, who delivered a two-run double that provided the games final score. The Twins and Broncos will continue their series tomorrow night at McDonald Stadium in El Dorado, first pitch is scheduled for 7:00.


Burnham Brilliant Again, But Bulls Sweep Series
Despite another solid outing from right-hander Nick Burnham, the Bethany Bulls took advantage of a critical throwing error to take game three from the Twins by the score of 5-3. Derby again jumped out to an early lead, grabbing a 2-0 cushion in the second on a pair of Bethany errors and an RBI single by Brady Pfaadt. Bethany cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning, but Burnham held the lead right there into the bottom half of the sixth. After the Bulls tied the score on a sacrifice fly, a controversial call on a passed ball strikeout allowed the go-ahead run to score as Bethany grabbed a 3-2 advantage. The lead would grow to 5-2 in the bottom half of the seventh, when second baseman Christian Dominguez threw wide of second base on a potential double-play ball with the bases loaded. Derby got a run back in the top of the eighth when Alex Hrinevich chopped a single by the first baseman to bring home Braedon Barrett, but a line drive double-play ended the threat. The Twins stranded two more in the ninth, as they fell to 1-7 with the defeat. Burnham went 6.1 innings, striking out five and allowing just three earned runs,. Anthony Baleto and Korbin Polly were masterful over the final inning and two-thirds, striking out four and not allowing a run. The Twins will be off Monday, returning home to open a three-game series against the El Dorado Broncos on Tuesday. First pitch from Panther Field is set for 7:00.


Pitching Falters As Twins Drop Game Two
The Bethany Bulls scored five in the first, and four more in both the second and third as they doubled-up the Derby Twins by the final score of 20-10 Saturday night. The game was delayed twice, first by thirty minutes when umpires were late to the field, and then by lightning in bottom half of the third. Derby took a 2-0 lead in the first, courtesy of an RBI groundout by Nick Burnham and a pair of Bethany errors. After Bethany pulled ahead at 5-2, the Twins regained the lead with five of their own in the second, highlighted by a bases-loaded walk to Braedon Barrett and a two-run double from Nick Burnham. But the lead would prove to be short-lived, as the Bulls pulled in front 13-7. Derby would fight back once again, clawing to within 13-10 on an RBI double by Brennan Grant and a two-run homer by Jonathan Davis, but Bethany responded with seven unanswered runs to put the game out of reach. The Twins will try to salvage game three tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch from Eagle Field scheduled for 5:00.


Ten-Run Second Sends Twins to Defeat
The Bethany Bulls blasted two home runs and Derby committed three errors as part of a ten-run second inning, and the Twins dropped the series opener by the score of 11-4. Starter Cayce Rocco picked up the loss, going three innings and allowing ten runs, though just four were earned. Right-hander Tyler Nelson kept the Twins close through the middle innings, firing four shoutout innings and only allowing two baserunners while striking out four. The offense once again struggled to string together hits, as Bethany starter Zach Pape danced in and out of trouble for six innings. The Twins got a run in the first on an error by Bulls first baseman Eli Geha, then added two more in the third on another error and an RBI single from Gavin Bourgeois. The final Derby run came courtesy of an RBI triple off the bat of newcomer Braedon Barrett, though he was gunned down at the plate in a play that resulted in the ejection of Bethany catcher Jamal Hughes. After both benches briefly emptied, order was restored and the Bulls went on to tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning to produce the final margin. Game two of the series has been moved to a 5:00 PM start time, and will be held at the home field of Southwestern Christian University.


Defense Struggles As Twins Drop Series
Seven Derby errors produced seven unearned runs, as the Dodge City A's took the opening Jayhawk League series by a final score of 13-8. The A's clipped starter Nick Rathke for five runs, three earned, in 4.2 innings, and then notched three more against reliever Anthony Baleto. The lead ballooned to 12-0 in the top of the eighth when the Twins committed four errors behind Doug Rhodes. Meanwhile, the offense sputtered against Dodge City starter Cody Carroll, who worked six shutout innings to pick up the victory. The bats finally came to life in the bottom of the eighth, when Kyle Walker smacked a sacrifice fly and Brennan Grant stole third and scored on a throwing error. After the A's tacked on an insurance run in the ninth to make the score 13-2, Derby blasted reliever Tanner Clark for six runs to make things interesting in the final frame. Alex Hrinevich, Ladeavon Matthews, Dustin Miller, Kyle Walker and Gavin Bourgeois all recorded hits in the rally, but Jason Plyn flew out to the warning track in left with two in scoring position to end the game. The Twins now head down to Bethany, Oklahoma to begin a three-game series with the Bulls, first pitch of game one is set for 7:00.


Furious Rally Propels Twins to First Win of 2016
Trailing 11-7 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Derby battled back for six runs on their way to a 13-11 win over the Dodge City As on Wednesday night at Panther Stadium. Newcomer Matt Whalen got the start for the Twins on the bump, but was roughed for six runs, three earned, in 3.2 innings as Dodge City jumped out to a 6-0 lead. But relievers Jake Englehardt and Justin Ash held the As right there over the next three frames, as the offense finally kicked things into gear. Third baseman Kyle Walker got the scoring started by slashing a two-run single into left-center, and then Nick Burnham followed with a three-run blast to pull the Twins within 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, right fielder Ladeavon Matthews cranked a two-run shot to give Derby its first lead at 7-6, but it would prove to be short-lived. The As pushed across five runs in the top of the eighth, using two walks, three singles, a hit by pitch and an error to regain the lead. But the Twins showed their resolve in the home half of the inning, getting key hits from Christian Dominguez, Gavin Bourgeois and Kyle Walker to take the lead for good. Lefty Cayce Rocco struck out the side in the ninth to secure the victory and even the series. The two teams will do battle once more from Panther Field on Thursday, with first pitch of the rubber match set for 7:00 pm.


Twins No-Hit In Jayhawk League Opener
Dodge City pitchers Justin Clark and Giles Fox combined on a no-hitter Tuesday night at Panther Field as the A's shutout the Twins 1-0. The accomplishment outshined an outstanding outing from Derby right-hander Nick Burnham, who worked 8 innings and allowed just a single unearned run while striking out nine. Lefty Aaron Stretch worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning in relief, as Derby pitchers combined to allow just six baserunners. The lone run came in the top of the first, when Dodge City's Ian Dawkins reached on a throwing error by Kyle Walker, stole second, and came around to score on a two-out single off the bat of Zach Moon. Offensively, the Twins were stifled by Clark, who allowed just three walks in his eight no-hit innings. Walker, Alex Hrinevich, and Jason Plyn all reached via free passes. The best scoring opportunity for the Twins came in the eighth, when Hrinevich led off with a walk, and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. But after another walk to Plyn, Gavin Bourgeois bounced into a fielder's choice to end the threat. The Twins and A's will do battle again tomorrow night at Panther Field for game two of the series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.


Twins Rally Comes Up Short In Extras
Despite rallying from deficits of 5-0 and 8-4, a solo home frun from the Denver Cougars' Jack Wilson sent Derby to a 9-8 defeat Monday night at Panther Field. The Cougars scratched across a run in the first off Twins starter Cayce Rocco, and then added four more in the second against reliever Jason Plyn. The Derby bullpen settled down after that, getting scoreless work from Nick Rathke, Alex Minson, Justin Ash, Anthony Baleto, Doug Rhodes, and Christian Vick. Meanwhile, the Twins offense began heating up, as Kyle Walker smacked a two-run single and Gavin Bourgeois tacked on an RBI groundout. Marco Burgarello made the score 5-4 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but Denver responded with three runs in the eighth to stretch the lead to 8-4. Derby tied the score at 8 in the bottom of the frame, as Christian Dominguez blasted a three-run home run off Denver reliever Brandon Koncaba. Both teams loaded the bases in the 9th but failed to score, and Wilson's solo shot off Derby's Tyler Nelson in the 10th inning proved to be the difference.


Early Deficit Dooms Derby
The Valley Center Diamond Dawgs struck for one run in the first inning, three in the second, and seven more in the third on their way to a 12-1 victory over the Derby Twins Friday night. Right-hander Anthony Baleto got the start for the Twins, working two innings and allowing four runs, three earned. Luke Veltri and Nick Burnham were tagged for all seven runs in the third, before a string of Derby relievers silenced the Valley Center bats. Justin Ash, Corey Spillman, Nick Rathke, Luke Nelson, and Aaron Stretch each worked a single inning, allowing only a single run over the final six frames. Offensively, the Twins were held to just six hits by a combination of six Diamond Dawgs pitchers. Designated hitter Jason Plyn led the way with a pair of singles, while Christian Dominguez reached base twice via a single and a walk. Shortstop Marco Burgarello drove in the lone Derby run in the eighth inning with an RBI single. The Twins will be back in action on Monday night as they play host to the Denver Cougars, first pitch from Panther Field is scheduled for 7:00 PM.




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