Sedgwick wins first baseball championship
GREAT BEND, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Sedgwick Cardinals took the KSHSAA Class 2-1A State Baseball Championship with an 11 to 1 victory over the Valley Falls Dragons.
Sedgwick held off Spearville to win the first semifinal of the day, 7 to 6. Valley Falls then blanked Ellis 3 to 0 to advance in the second game.
Valley Falls garnered much of the talk around the baseball field after their marathon 15-inning 3 to 2 victory over St. Mary Colgan the night before. The game set the post-season record for innings played and saw 105 batters face over 420 pitches.
After a break for the third-place game, in which Ellis won 14 to 4, the two teams took the field for the Championship game.
Sedgwick plated the first run in the bottom of the first inning. Henry Burns scored from third base after Lance Hoffsommer hit a grounder at short.
Valley Falls tied the game at one-all on a wild pitch in the top of the second inning. Brennen Miller crossed home plate after a pitch got past Sedgwick catcher Justin Esposito.
The Cardinals needed to respond in the bottom of the second inning. They added four runs to the score.After two batters struck out and two reached base, Henry Burns hit a single to left field. Connor Tillman scored from third base. Sedgwick retook the lead 2 to 1.
Nolan Crumrine then hit another single to left field, Jayden Towles ran home from third.
A third consecutive hit to left field resulted in a double for Lance Hoffsommer. He also batted in Henry Burns and Nolan Crumrine.
At the end of the inning, Sedgwick held a 5 to 1 advantage.Both teams did not score again until the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out, Austin Wilkes grounded out while Lance Hoffsommer scored from third base.Christian Brown scored from third on a Jeff Nold line-drive single to center field. Henry Burns batted in Jayden Towles next from single to right field. The score stood at 9 to 1.
Jeff Nold scored from third base to make the score 10 to 1. Nolan Crumrine then hit a pop-up that the first and second basemen dropped. Henry Burns took the opportunity to head home and quickly crossed the plate as the ball dropped.
Burns’s third run scored of the day would end the game as the score was 11 to 1.
Lance Hoffsommer won the game for Sedgwick from the mound. He threw five complete innings of work and gave up three hits along with an earned run. He struck out six batters and walked five.
For Valley Falls, Trenton Kraxner pitched five innings also. He gave up ten hits and five runs, four earned, while striking out three and walking three.
Sedgwick entered the tournament as the two-seed. They end the season with a 25 and 1 record and the 2-1A State Championship.
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