Collinsville’s modest three-game win streak ended Saturday afternoon at the hands of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, one of the better teams in the state.
The Kahoks (15-12) lost both ends of the double header to the Cyclones (25-2). Game one went to the home team 3-2 and the second game 9-4.
Collinsville starter Kyle Reeves held the Cyclones scoreless through the first four innings of the first game and the Kahoks grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Tanner Houck and Reeves scored on a two RBI double by Aaron Peskar.
The Cyclones came right back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth after the first two batters were retired. A hit batter, stolen base, two base hits and two errors later, Scared Heart-Griffin had scored three runs.
The Kahoks did not threaten again, losing their first game in their last four tries. Mitch Reising led the offense with two hits. Peskar, Grant Bauer, Houck and Aaron Ortiz had one hit each.
Pete Trapp, Collinsville head coach, called it a tough loss.
“It was a game I think we should have won,” Trapp said.
A four-run sixth inning was not enough for Collinsville in game two. The Cyclones jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and were up 7-0 before the Kahoks got on the board.
“We got down four early and never got back in it,” Trapp said.
Houck, Ortiz, Alex Caputo and Nick Chance all scored for Collinsville in the sixth. Houck, Ortiz, Chance and Spencer Thomas had hits in the inning, Caputo and Peskar drew walks.
Jacob Grzywacz got the start for Collinsville in game two.
The two losses came against two of the Cyclones best pitchers, Trapp said. Collinsville had good at bats, but could not string hits together, Trapp said.
The Kahoks return to Fletcher Field Monday for a 4:30 start against Nashville.