Wichita Wingnuts

Wingnuts’ 23 hits put a 16-0 pounding on Air Hogs

The Wingnuts’ Alex Boshers delivers a pitch against the Texas Airhogs in the first inning Sunday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The Wingnuts won 16-0.
The Wingnuts’ Alex Boshers delivers a pitch against the Texas Airhogs in the first inning Sunday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The Wingnuts won 16-0. Correspondent

Alex Boshers likes everything about run support except for the time it takes.

Waiting in the dugout while the offense knocks around the opposing pitcher is good for the increased probability of a win and excruciating for a pitcher who has already established a rhythm.

The wait for the Wingnuts’ sixth inning, when they scored six runs, must have seemed interminable for Boshers. It limited the length of his start but not the quality, as he pitched seven scoreless innings in a 16-0 win over Texas on Sunday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

The Wingnuts (56-36) sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, stretching their lead from 4-0 to 10-0. Boshers pitched the seventh but was finished after Wichita added four runs in the bottom of the inning.

“I love (long innings) and I hate them,” Boshers said. “Some days I really love them, because if I’m working harder than I want to, it gives me time to set, get relaxed, refocus. Then there are some days where it’s like I just want (the offense) to get out real quick.”

Boshers had no trouble helping Texas with its timeliness. Boshers faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings, allowing one hit in that stretch, and didn’t need more than 11 pitches in any of them.

Boshers completed five innings on 46 pitches before throwing 14 in the sixth, still a pace that would have allowed him to finish the game with a low count. After the Wingnuts’ lengthy sixth inning, Boshers allowed a double and a single in his 21-pitch seventh, but did not allow a run.

With a lopsided score, Boshers wasn’t needed to try for his third complete game, and he was removed after 81 pitches.

“Enough is enough,” Wingnuts manager Pete Rose Jr. said. “You’re maybe thinking about the bigger picture. Seven innings for him – he’s been throwing into the eighth, he’s got a couple complete games. Definitely could have (gone longer), but it’s just time to get him out and get him some rest.”

Boshers specializes in working quickly, and he amplified that approach by recording 13 outs in three or fewer pitches. The Wingnuts’ defense also helped him, with running outfield catches by T.J. Mittelstaedt and Harrison Kain, and bare-handed plays by infielders Leo Vargas and Zach Cox

Texas starter David Russo operates at a similar pace, but the Wingnuts easily broke his stride with runs in the second, third and fifth innings, scoring four times on eight hits, including a Matt Chavez home run.

For the first two-thirds of the game, Chavez led the offensive charge, with two homers and five RBIs in his first four at-bats. Soon, though, everyone joined in.

Six Wingnuts had at least three hits and Cox supplemented his three doubles with four RBIs. Cox, Brent Clevlen, T.J. Mittelstaedt and Matt Chavez, Wichita’s Nos. 3-6 hitters, combined for 13 hits and 13 RBIs.

“It’s a different guy every night, which is wonderful,” Rose said. “The great thing is, I get to put all of them in the lineup. …They can all hit anywhere in the lineup, and that’s the good thing that we have about it.”

Texas

ab

r

h

bi

Wichita

ab

r

h

bi

Bistagne 2b

4

0

1

0

Stringer 2b

5

1

1

0

Morales 3b

4

0

0

0

Cox 3b

6

4

3

4

Byrd lf

3

0

1

0

Clevlen dh

5

1

3

2

Rodriguez dh

4

0

1

0

Mttlstdt lf

6

3

3

2

Lenahan rf

3

0

0

0

Chavez 1b

6

2

4

5

Sanchez ss

3

0

0

0

VnStrattn rf

5

0

3

2

Miller c

3

0

0

0

Kain cf

4

1

2

0

Valadez 1b

3

0

0

0

Salgado rf

1

0

0

0

Ppls-Walls cf

2

0

1

0

Dean c

5

2

3

1

Vargas ss

5

2

1

0

Totals

29

0

4

0

Totals

48

16

23

16

Texas

000

000

000

0

Wichita

021

016

42x

16

E — Sanchez 2. DP — Wichita 2. LOB — Texas 4, Wichita 10. 2B —Byrd, Cox 3, Chavez, Van Stratten, Kain, Dean, Vargas. HR —Chavez 2 (13). SB — Stringer (20). SF —Clevlen.

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Russo L,3-6

5

8

4

4

1

5

Culp

 2/3

3

4

1

0

0

Ihrig

1

8

6

1

0

1

Harris

1 1/3

4

2

2

0

0

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Boshers W,12-3

7

4

0

0

0

4

Pardo

1

0

0

0

0

2

Smith

1

0

0

0

1

0

HBP — Peoples-Walls by Smith. WP — Harris.

T — 2:44. A — 2,062.

Texas at Wingnuts

  • When: 7:05 p.m. Monday
  • Where: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
  • Records: Texas 33-59, Wingnuts 56-36
  • Radio: KGSO, 1410-AM
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