Visiting Kane overpowered Ridgway Thursday with a 12-2 win in the first game that lasted six innings followed by a close 6-5 contest called due to darkness after five innings of play.
The Elkers were doomed in the first game by a big fourth inning that saw Kane put eight runs on the board.
With the score tied 1-1 with Ridgway's Kevin Kilhoffer on the hill, the Wolves broke through with a 2-run single from Dave Swanson to plate Loran Kuhmer and Will Kessler for the 3-1 advantage. The visitors kept the ball rolling after Evan Depto took first base after catcher interference, the first of two separate occasions in the first game of the doubleheader. After a walk to Mike Kocjancic to load the bases, Mitch Kuhmer unleashed a bases-clearing double to up the lead to 6-1. He later crossed home plate on a wild pitch to put another run on the board.
After another free pass, this time to Ryan Bizzak, Loran Kuhmer smacked an offering off the left field fence for a double to score Bizzak for the 8-1 lead.
Kane would add another run on an error at third base as Loran Kuhmer came around to score for the 9-1 lead; Rich Edinger, who reached on the errant throw that went down the first base line, was called out at home to finally end the top half of the fourth inning. A 1-out double from Ben Jaques appeared to set the tone in the bottom of the fourth inning and a throwing error from Kane pitcher Evan Depto allowed Jaques to cut the lead to 9-2; but the Elkers couldn't break through as Jesse Gardner and Lou Stilwell both struck out looking.
A Ridgway error at shortstop put Logan Depto aboard with one out in the top of the fifth-- he was later caught stealing for the second out of the inning. That play was followed by a free pass to Swanson and another catcher interference call on the Elkers to again put Evan Depto on base. Kocjancic was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Mitch Kuhmer stroked a 2-run single for an 11-2 lead before Bizzak grounded out to end the inning.
Ridgway reached base in the fifth inning on an error at shortstop and a free pass to D.J. Skraba but the home team left two runners aboard.
Jo Jo Jaques came in to pitch for Ridgway in the top of the sixth inning as Kilhoffer was lifted after five innings of work. Loran Kuhmer opened the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and then moved to third on an Andrew O'Rourke groundout. After a strikeout by Will Kessler and a free pass to Logan Depto, Swanson cracked a single to plate Loran Kuhmer for the 10-run lead.
Swanson allowed a leadoff walk to Ben Jaques to open the home half of the sixth inning but back-to-back groundouts by Slade Horner and Gardner preceded a Stilwell strikeout to end the game as the Wolves won, 12-2.
Pick up a copy of the Friday, April 22, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for Game 2 and more.