SOUTH COFFEYVILLE — Welch earned a split of close games against Kansas schools during Friday’s Oklahoma Union Festival.
The Wildcats suffered a 2-1 loss to Labette County High of Altamont, Kansas, then blanked the Coffeyville Golden Tornado 2-0.
Nolan Schaper and Chance Perry combined on a four-hit shutout against Coffeyville.
Schaper allowed four hits, had seven strikeouts and one walk over four innings. Perry fanned three and allowed no hits in his three innings of work.
Welch 2, Coffeyville 0
The Wildcats got both of their runs in the first inning.
Perry led off the game with a single and scored on a triple by Schaper. Schaper then scored on a sac fly to center by Gunner Johnson.
The Wildcats, who had runners at first and second three times, stranded eight in the game.
Coffeyville left runners at second and third in the third and runners at second on two other occasions.
The game ended with Cyrus Alobadi of the Golden Tornado thrown out at home trying to score on a single.
Adam Rutherford was the hard-luck loser. He struck out seven, walked four and allowed four hits in seven innings.
Chance Perry had two singles for the Cats. Schaper and Blake Brannon each added a single.
Alobadi accounted for half of the Coffeyville offense.
Titus Woodward and Dakota Ehmke had a single each.
Labette 2, Welch 1
The Grizzlies got what turned out to be the winning run on a double by Braden Baker, an error on the play and a ground ball to first by Alex Nibarger.
Schaper was hit by a pitch with two out in the top of the seventh, but Johnson struck out to end the game.
Seth Chapman had two singles for Welch. Schaper tripled and Brannon singled.
Johnson suffered the loss. He struck out six and walked two while allowing six hits.
Braden Baker had a double and single for LCHS.
Kale Irwin and Dean had a double each and Owyn Back and Zach McCarty added singles.
The Grizzlies used three pitchers. Alex Nibarger got the win with an inning of relief in the sixth.
Pryce Anderson slammed the door in the seventh.