Aggies Open Fall World Series with 8-4 Win

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MANHATTAN, Kan.
– Clayton Dalrymple drove in two runs with the help of a game-high three hits, Corey Fischer tossed six shutout innings, and the Aggies opened the Fall World Series with an 8-4 win over the Farmers on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.

Fischer cruised through his winning decision, limiting the Farmers to just three baserunners on 76 pitches. The right-hander also struck out six, including two to end the second as he retired the first six batters he faced and 10 of the first 11.

Dalrymple, meanwhile, had three of the Aggies’ nine hits, with two of them coming in a six-run sixth inning. The senior hit a leadoff double to spark the crooked frame while he later added a two-out, two-run single to cap the scoring. The two-out, run-producing safety by the centerfielder helped the Aggies plate four two-out runs in the sixth.

Dalrymple also ignited the game’s scoring in the first when he led off with an infield single off Farmers starting pitcher Parker Rigler. After Jake Wodtke drew a four-pitch walk, one of four drawn by the Aggies in the game, Jake Scudder hit an RBI double into right-center and was followed up by a run-scoring infield single produced by freshman Brooks Zimmerman to make it 2-0.

Despite allowing three hits in the first, including two of the infield variety, Rigler settled in and went on to retire 14 straight Aggie hitters. The junior from Cowley Community College came out to start the sixth, but back-to-back doubles by the Aggies chased him from the game.

Wodtke, Scudder and Zimmerman joined Dalrymple at the top of the Aggie lineup by reaching base at least twice. The 2-4 hitters each tallied a single, a walk and an RBI.

Brogan Heinen, a freshman out of Hayden High School in Topeka, tossed three innings in relief of Fischer to earn the save. The right-hander surrendered two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth while striking out two and walking two on 56 pitches.

Rigler took the loss after being charged with four runs on five hits and a walk in five-plus innings. 

Mitch Zubradt, a freshman from St. James Academy in Shawnee, finished out the game for the Farmers as he threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. The right-hander also fanned three.

Tyler Wolfe had two hits and scored two of the four Farmers’ runs while freshman Josh Rolette went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk. The 2-3 hitters in the Farmers’ lineup combined for four of the team’s six hits.

The Aggies will look to end the best-of-three Fall World Series in game two on Sunday. The seven-inning contest starts at 6 p.m.