Caney Valley junior ace Jace Kaminska rings up the first of fifteen straight strikeouts during a perfect game outing against Coffeyville at home on Thursday, April 25. Nick Dailey | Staff Photo
Caney Valley junior ace Jace Kaminska rings up the first of fifteen straight strikeouts during a perfect game outing against Coffeyville at home on Thursday, April 25. Nick Dailey | Staff Photo

Caney Valley High School junior ace right hander Jace Kaminska tossed a perfect game in an 11-0 home win against Field Kindley High School on Thursday, April 25, while the Lady Bullpups delivered an exciting 16-15 walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning over the Lady Golden Tornado.

In the girls’ grueling battle, Coffeyville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the home team responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to pull ahead 4-3. The Lady ‘Nado knotted things back up in the top of the second, followed by another four-score inning for Caney to regain the 8-4 advantage.

The Lady ‘Pups tacked on another run in the third before Field Kindley had an offensive outburst in the top of the fourth, plating seven runs while batting around the order to go up 11-9. CVHS once again had the answer, scoring a trio of runs in the bottom of the fourth to grab the 12-11 lead.

The hosts held FKHS scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, while scoring three more runs in the fifth to take a 15-11 advantage into the seventh. Coffeyville had one more rally in them, scoring four to once again tie the game and setting up the possibility of extra innings.

Caney Valley had a different plan, however, as Cassidy Anderson and Kalyn Rodgers both drew one-out walks, then Anderson scored after a single by Lyndon Nunneley to seal the exciting 16-15 victory.

Nunneley finished 3-4 with two runs scored, while Kiersten Spencer was 4-5 with two runs scored to lead the offense.

Lyndon also got the start in the circle for Caney, turning things over to Kam Kaminska during the fourth inning jam. Kaminska went on to earn the win for the Lady Bullpups.

On the boys’ diamond, Jace Kaminska was impressive from the opening pitch, striking out all 15 batters he faced and pushing his current streak to 32 Ks in a row, obliterating the previous state record of 12 straight. The Wichita State University commit has been nearly untouchable, as the Golden Tornado were only able to make contact on a couple of foul balls. Kaminska has been steadily reaching 88-91 mph throughout the season and has a good feel on when to mix in off-speed pitches.

After a scoreless first inning on Thursday night, CVHS freshman catcher Shawn Sutton hit a one-out triple and eventually scored to put the home team ahead 1-0. The Bullpups broke things open in the bottom of the third, batting through the lineup and plating five runs to push the cushion to 6-0.

Caney added five more insurance runs in the fourth, and that was all Kaminska needed as he struck out the side once again in the top of the fifth to secure the 11-0 final.

Jace helped himself at the plate as well, going 2-3 with a double, a run scored and a run batted in, while senior Cole Ellis went 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBIs. Senior Brendan Buoy was 2-2 with a run scored and fellow senior Trent Haberly was 2-2 with a run scored and two RBIs in the winning effort.

‘Pups pick up three more wins over Sedan and Neodesha

Following the convincing win over the ‘Nado, CVHS headed to Sedan on Friday, April 26 and swept the Blue Devils, then topped Neodesha in a four-inning run rule win at home on Monday, April 29.

At Sedan, the Bullpups scored twice in the top of the third of game one, then exploded for seven runs in the fourth to go up 9-0, then plated three more in the seventh to earn the 12-0 win. Senior Trent Riley and Sutton combined for the shutout victory, while Kaminska led the offense with a 3-5 performance with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.

Sophomore Jake Ellis got the nod on the mound in the nightcap, tossing four innings while giving up no runs on three hits with five strikeouts, before turning things over to his older brother Cole, who went three innings and allowed one run on two hits with three Ks.

The ‘Pups wasted no time getting on the board, scoring twice in the top of the first and adding two more in the third to pull ahead 4-0. Sedan plated their lone run in the bottom of the fifth, and Caney held on for the 4-1 victory.

Senior Trent Haberly went 2-3 with a double and a run scored, Kaminska was 2-2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, and Cole Ellis was 1-2 with a triple and three RBIs.

Returning to Caney for the matchup with Neodesha on Monday, Riley earned the start and allowed the Bluestreaks’ lone run in the top of the first before settling in to pick up the win. Trent tossed three innings while giving up one run on just one hit with three strikeouts before handing the ball over to Sutton, who went one inning while giving up no runs on no hits with two Ks.

After NHS went up 1-0 in the first, the Bullpups answered with three runs of their own in their at bat, then had another big inning in the second, scoring eight to extend the lead to 11-1. The home team added another score in the third and plated five runs in the fourth to secure the 17-1 run-rule win after just four innings.

Offensively, Cole Ellis led the way as he went 3-4 with two triples, a run scored and four runs batted in, while Kaminska was 1-2 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs and sophomore Ridic Martin was 2-2 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBIs.