The Cleburne Railroaders have continued their winning ways, seemingly stacking win after win for an impressive four consecutive weeks.
Ever since a six-game losing streak June 11-17, the Railroaders have won 17 of their past 22 outings — including seven straight series victories — entering play Wednesday.
Cleburne beat Kane County, 7-3, on Tuesday night to begin a three-game series with the Cougars. The Railroaders host Kane County for game 2 Wednesday night as Cleburne will try to secure its eighth consecutive series victory. The Railroaders and Cougars are scheduled to finish their three-game series at 7:06 p.m. Thursday at The Depot at Cleburne Station.
Entering play Wednesday, Cleburne boasted the third-best record in the American Association with a 28-21 mark, trailing only Milwaukee, Chicago and Kansas City.
Several Railroaders are having memorable 2021 campaigns and are in the top 10 of the American Association in several statistical categories.
Cleburne's Ramon Hernandez enters play Wednesday night with 56 RBIs, which places him second in the American Association behind Milwaukee's Adam Brett Walker II.
Hernandez’s 12 home runs are tied for sixth in the league. Hernandez also ranks in the top 10 in slugging percentage at .574, which is eighth in the American Association.
When the Railroaders need to push across a runner in scoring position, they like it when Hernandez is at the plate. Hernandez’s 56 RBIs are 32 more than the next-closest Cleburne player in Zach Nehrir, who enters play Wednesday with 24 RBIs on the season. Chase Simpson, Hunter Clanin and Noah Vaughan are tied for third on the team with 22 RBIs apiece.
In addition to Hernandez’s solid standings across the American Association leaderboards, the Railroaders also have two players ranked in the top 5 in batting average entering play Wednesday.
Nehrir carries a .366 batting average, the third-highest in the American Association, into Wednesday's showdown with Kane County.
Alay Lago went 3-for-4 in Tuesday's win over Kane County to improve his batting average for the season to .348, which puts him fifth in the American Association.
Noah Vaughan has hit a league-leading six triples on the season to go with his .296 batting average and seven home runs.
Cleburne pitcher Garrett Alexander is tied for the league lead in pitching wins entering play Wednesday night with six as he boasts a 6-4 record in 13 appearances. Alexander is also in the top-10 in strikeouts with 59, tied for ninth-most in the association.
After closing out their series against Kane County at 7:06 p.m. on Thursday, the Railroaders will host Sioux City for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.
It will be an important three-game series against the Explorers, who were tied with Cleburne for second place in the South Division entering play Wednesday.
Despite Cleburne’s recent string of success, the Railroaders haven’t been able to catch Kansas City for first place in the South Division because the Monarchs have won eight of their past 10 outings.
First pitch for Friday's and Saturday's games vs. Sioux City will be 7:06 p.m. while first pitch for Sunday’s game is set for 6 p.m.
For information on partnerships, season tickets, group outings and party packages, call the Railroaders office at 817-945-8705 or visit the Railroaders website at www.railroaderbaseball.com.