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Klockowski has historic weekend

After opening Great American Conference play 3-0, the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys will take on the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers this Friday at 7 p.m. at Tech Field.

The Wonder Boys had an exciting weekend, opening conference play against the Southwestern Oklahoma Bulldogs; coming out with a 3-0 record in the series bringing them to an overall record of 5-5 and 3-0 in GAC play.

After a slow start to the season with a 2-5 record in non-conference play, the declining Wonder Boys said not to worry. “We have got a lot of good talented players,” said Dylan McDearmon, from Greenbrier.

Going into the weekend, Assistant Coach Kadem Tharp felt pretty good about opening conference play.

“I’m pretty confident we will do fine in conference,” he said. “Our non-conference schedule is about as tough as it gets.”

The Wonder Boys won the first of three games this weekend; 17-0 in a record blowout against the Rangers. Zach Klockowski, from Tinley Park, Illinois, started the game off hot with a home run down the line to get three RBIs.

Klockowski finished the game with three home runs bringing the total to four on the day, the most in a game since 2015, after Cody Wescott, from Phoenix, Arizona, also hit one late in the sixth inning. Kyle Wilson, from Flagstaff, Arizona, earned a complete game, the first of his career, allowing only two hits in seven innings and striking out 12 batters.

In the two remaining games the Wonder Boys continued to sweep the reigning regular season champions with a 7-3 and a 5-3 win in their first series sweep since 2015. The Wonder Boys combined for eight hits with just their first two runners.

McDearmon picked up his first home run for the season along with 5 RBIs in the last 2 games. Klockowski picked up his 10th total RBI on the weekend.

Trent Armstrong, from Waxahachie, Texas, earned his first win allowing only three hits and one run and striking out six batters. Geoffry Birkemeier, from Papillion, Nebraska, earned his first win while playing 5 innings.