OSAWATOMIE – Trojan first baseman Cyrus Kitchen is the Derek Jeter of the Osawatomie baseball team.

He is just always calm, cool and collected on the baseball diamond. Kitchen is smooth.

When one of the Burlington Wildcats would get on base during a doubleheader at Karl E. Cole Sports Complex, Kitchen would visit, talking baseball of course.

He even got the infield umpire to laugh a time or two, keeping things light.

One of the mantras the Osawatomie coach Austin Chisam instills in his team is simple – “baseball is fun.”

Kitchen is the perfect example of this love for the game. He can also play.

On a double play turned by shortstop Brilynn Stults, Kitchen leaned all the way forward, falling to make the grab while keeping his toe on the bag.

The Osawatomie Trojan baseball team battled and gave themselves a chance in the first game against the Burlington Wildcats. Osawatomie led 3-2 and tied the game up at 4-4 in the home half of the fifth inning.

The Trojans had Stults at the plate and he sent one for a ride that was caught in a tough 5-4 loss. Stults singled and scored.

Kitchen singled, doubled and scored two runs. He also stole a base.

Anthony Pursley tripled and drove home one run.

Epi Spini had two base hits and drove home one run. Cameron Kobe and Vincent Fox both singled and drove in one run.

Stults started the game, allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out six.

Purlsey pitched two innings of hitless relief. He struck out four.

Despite a four-run fifth inning in the second game, the Trojans fell 12-6.

Osawatomie scored six runs on 10 hits.

Stults doubled twice, drove in four runs and scored.

Blake Green, Kitchen, Pursley, Spini, and Kobe doubled.

Kitchen drove in one run and scored. Pursley had two runs scored. Kobe drove home one run.

Aaron Manes had two base hits and scored. He stole a base.

Stults was part of two double plays. Kitchen, Kobe and Manes each had a double play.

Kobe got the start, allowing five runs on four hits. He struck out two.

Green allowed seven runs on seven hits in two innings of relief. He fanned two.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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