Cheney gets by Kingman to advance to regional baseball final

With a pair of wins Monday, the Cheney Cardinals are now just a game away from reaching the state baseball tournament for the third time in four years.

The Cardinals dispatched of Douglass in 5 innings, then followed that with a 5-2 win over 5th seeded Kingman in the nightcap Monday.

In game one, it was the Dawson Winter show for the Cards, with the senior cranking a pair of home runs to lead Cheney. The Cardinals scored in every inning, including a 6 run 4th to push them to the 12-2 win via run rule.

Then in game two, they jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, with Ben Klinkerman and Trenton Reitmayer providing RBIs in the opening inning, adding three more in the 5th of the 5-2 win.

Winter threw four innings of one-run ball, before they turned to Kauy Kuhn to finish the final three frames.

Kingman advanced to the semifinal round with a big win in the first game of the day over fourth seeded Wichita Collegiate. The Eagles scored 5 runs in the opening inning of a big 9-2 upset victory.

For Cheney, Haven awaits them in Thursday's regional final. The Wildcats Monday opened things up with a 19-9 win over Chaparral, then won a tight game over 7 seed Halstead 2-1 to advance to the finals. Halstead upset Belle Plaine in the region's other quarterfinal.