2-1A State Baseball Thursday recap
GREAT BEND, Kan. (KWCH) - Recap from Thursday’s action at 2-1A State Baseball Tournament
Sedgwick 3, Belle Plaine 2
The Sedgwick Cardinals used a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to win three to two over the Belle Plaine Dragons in the first game of the 2-1A State Baseball Tournament.The quarterfinal matchup saw the two-seeded Sedgwick take on seventh seed Belle Plaine.
Belle Plaine struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Nolan Reynolds hit a short ground ball in front of home plate. As Sedgwick catcher Justin Esposito fielded the ball, Eli Wiseman scored from third base. It was the only run they scored in the inning. In the bottom half of the first, Sedgwick evened the score. Lance Hoffsomer reached third base on a two-out triple. The next batter, Charles Harjo, hit a hard single to center. Hoffsomer crossed home plate to tie the score at one-all after the first inning. The score remained tied at one until the top of the sixth inning.
Belle Plaine’s first batter, Colby Barton, hit a ball that traveled to the center-field wall. He ran hard around the bases and did not slow down as he approached third. Barton beat the throw to home for an in-the-park home run. The Dragons retook the lead two to one.In the bottom of the sixth, Charles Harjo evened the score. He batted in Nolan Crumrine with a ground ball to center field.
The score stood at two all going into the final inning. Belle Plaine had one runner reach base in the top of the seventh inning. The runner failed to advance past first base. Sedgwick’s Connor Tillman walked to start the bottom of the seventh. Belle Plaine quickly changed pitchers from Nolan Reynolds to Isaac Bible. Bible struck out the next batter, Christian Brown. Remington Nold reached first base on balls, and Connor Tillman advanced to second base. Tillman made it to third base thanks to Henry Burns grounding into a fielder’s choice that got Nold out.Nolan Crumrine stepped into the batter’s box and swung at the first pitch he saw. Crumrine hit a ground ball to the shortstop. Connor Tillman crossed home plate. Belle Plaine’s Eli Wiseman’s throw to first was not in time. Sedgwick advances to the semifinals with a three to two walk-off win.
Sedgwick’s Nolan Crumrine pitched all seven innings. He faced 28 batters and gave up two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six.Belle Plaine’s Nolan Reynolds threw six complete innings and faced one batter in the seventh. He pitched against 25 batters giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks. He stuck out five batters. Isaac Bible came in relief in the bottom of the seventh inning. He faced four batters giving up a hit and a walk. He also struck out one batter.
Spearville 4 Colony-Crest 2
Spearville used a two-run sixth inning to advance to the semifinals over Colony-Crest. Trace Tasset hit a ground ball into a fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth. Kenneth Zimmerman scored from third on the play to break the two-all tie. Mason Dean then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2. Spearville’s Easton Shenk pitched the complete game and threw 111 pitches. He faced 30 batters and gave up two earned runs on five hits and five walks. He struck out six batters.
Ellis 5, Maranatha Christian 4
Ellis, the top seed, survived a late push by Maranatha Christian to advance to the semifinals. Ellis plated one run in the bottom of the first inning and four in the fifth inning to take a five to two lead into the top of the seventh. After a strikeout, Maranatha’s Owen Shaw reached first on a grounder and then a throwing error. Rex Robintette then walked to put two runners on base. A wild pitch allowed the base runners to advance to third and second. Chase McAleer then lined out to the first baseman.
With two outs, Isaiah Beck singled on a line drive to right field. Shaw and Robintette both scored to narrow the Ellis lead to one run. Ellis put Easton Burton on the mound. He got Graden Oswald to swing at strike three to end the game. Tegan Cain threw 107 pitches in six innings for Ellis. He faced 26 batters and gave up four hits, two walks, and two runs. He struck out 11 batters.
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