LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s baseball team broke McPherson College’s heart not once, but twice, Saturday in a dramatic doubleheader between county rivals.
Both Swede victories came in walk-off fashion, as they snapped Mac’s streak of splitting every KCAC weekend series.
Bethany won the first game 2-1, scoring in the bottom of the seventh. This one was crushing for the Bulldogs because it was decided on a wild pitch, which allowed James Compomizzi to score.
Pablo Contreras had two hits for Bethany, which managed seven in the game. Tom Potter drove in the only Bulldog run, as Mac was held to three hits.
Ryley Rose gave up three hits in six innings for the Swedes, with Robert Johnson earning the win in relief. Loren Farley went five innings for the Bulldogs and the only run he permitted was unearned. Brant Rhodes took the loss in relief.
The second game was even more emotionally sapping for the Bulldogs, who saw the Swedes scored three runs in the seventh to tie it, then they pushed across a run in the eighth for a 7-6 victory.
Daniel Hordo’s two-run double with two outs in the seventh tied the game, then Sammuel Ramirez came up with the game-winner in the eighth with a clean single up the middle.
Jordan Geiger went the distance for Bethany, throwing 111 pitches. He survived seven errors by his defense, as all of Mac’s runs were unearned. Josh Grant threw 108 pitches of his own to take the loss.
Hordo had three RBIs for the Swedes and Erik Pedersen had three hits. Zach Wilson and Taylor Werts had two hits apiece for Mac.
The Swedes are 8-8 in the KCAC, one game up on 7-9 Mac.
Bethany, 16-21 overall, plays Friday at Saint Mary. Mac, now 12-22, plays Central Christian College at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Light Capital Diamond.
• KCAC STANDINGS •
McPherson College, 7-9
Saint Mary, 6-10
Kansas Wesleyan, 6-10