Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

T-Bird Bats Hot in 7-2 Win over Seaman at Kauffman

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

T-Bird Bats Hot in 7-2 Win over Seaman at Kauffman

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After dropping a 7-1 decision to Seaman and Viking standout pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn in its season-opener, Shawnee Heights was in attack mode in Saturday's rematch at Kauffman Stadium.

That approach produced 11 hits against Zeferjahn and senior reliever David Lucero as the T-Birds pounded out a 7-2 Centennial League victory.

Shawnee Heights, which improved to 4-2 overall and in the league, never trailed after scoring four runs in the first two innings, including a three-run second that broke the game open.

Senior Dawson Pomeroy went 2 for 2 with a walk and a run-scoring sacrifice fly and knocked in three runs, while junior Casey Wulfkuhle had three hits (two doubles) and two RBIs and senior Conner Bond stroked three singles and scored three times.

Zeferjahn, who struggled with his control throughout Saturday's game, left after facing one batter in the sixth. He allowed 10 hits and six runs while striking out five.

"We've been too passive in previous games and we talked about, 'If you see the pitch you want, go get it,' " Shawnee Heights coach Ryan Schmidt said. "Don't wait for another one.

"We were being too selective and why not jump all over it if it's the pitch that you're looking for."

Pomeroy, who opened the game with a single and then delivered a huge two-run single in the second, said the T-Birds wanted to be aggressive Saturday.

"We knew (Zeferjahn would) attack with fastballs because he throws hard so he's going to throw those a lot of the time," Pomeroy said. "So we were thinking if it was a first-pitch fastball swing and make him throw his off-speed for a strike."

Shawnee Heights was coming off a doubleheader sweep of Junction City on Friday, scoring 22 runs on the day, and Pomeroy said the twinbill was good for the T-Birds to prepare for Saturday.

"It really was good because you were still in a rhythm and you didn't have to go get extra hacks by yourself," Pomeroy said. …

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