St. James, Spring Hill to play for championship
Kansas City, Kan. The Tonganoxie High baseball team had only a few hours to shrug off its first-round loss at the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic, but the Chieftains showed no signs of sluggishness after the loss.
Instead, they were all-around solid in their consolation semifinal game Friday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark while hammering Paola, 11-1.
The Chieftains (7-6) wasted little time taking charge of the game. Jace Waters hit a two-out single in the bottom of the first. Logan Forbis followed with a base hit. Then came another single, this time by Keith Wentz-Hall, and Waters scored. Todd Brown then reached base on an error and Forbis trotted home for a 2-0 lead.
Blaize Oelschlaeger was hit by a pitch to start the second inning, and he came around to score after Rob Schlicht and Tyler Lupton hit back-to-back singles.
THS blew the game wide open with five runs in the third inning as Wentz-Hall, Brown, Ethan Lorance, Schlicht and Lupton all came around to score. Tonganoxie had seven hits in the inning.
Paola finally got on the board with a run in the top of the fifth, but it was too little too late.
Tonganoxie piled on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to complete the run-rule victory.
Tonganoxie advanced to the fifth-place game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Paola will play for seventh place at 11 a.m.
SPRING HILL 12, BASEHOR LINWOOD 9
Basehor-Linwood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and then fell behind 10-1 by the end of the fifth inning on the heels of four errors.
The Bobcats refused to fold, however. The plated four runs in the top of the sixth to whittle the Broncos' lead to 10-5.
Spring Hill scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and appeared to have the game in hand, but Basehor scored four more runs in the top of the seventh before the Broncos finally put the game away.
PERRY-LECOMPTON 6, HOLTON 4
After falling behind by two runs in the top of the first, Perry-Lecompton rallied for four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Kaws scored two more in the bottom of the third to take a 6-2 lead.
Holton didn't fold, however, instead rallying to score two runs in the top of the fifth.
The Wildcats continued to press ahead. They loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh but were unable to score as Perry held on for a 6-4 victory.
The Kaws will play Tonganoxie at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game. Holton will play Paola at 11 a.m. for seventh place.
ST. JAMES ACADEMY 6, BONNER SPRINGS 0
St. James Academy defeated Bonner Springs 6-0 in the semifinals of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic on Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The damage was done in the bottom of the second inning when the Thunder plated five runs. Braves pitcher Luke Terrell struggled to find the plate in the inning by walking four batters in a row. Each free pass was rewarded with a run after Bonner committed three errors - two of which would have gotten them out of the inning only trailing by a couple of runs. Instead, Thunder pitcher Jake Decelles helped his own cause by hitting a two-out, two-run single to stretch the lead to 5-0.
St. James tacked on another run in the fourth when Alan Burns' fly ball bounced off Kevin Devore's glove allowing Burns to slide in to third base safely with no outs. Ben Reynoldson knocked him in to make the score 6-0.
Decelles cruised to the complete-game shutout victory by scattering five hits and one walk while striking out five. His counterpart, Terrell, pitched well with the exception of the second inning. He struck out 10, walked six and gave up only two hits.
Bonner will appear in the third-place game against Basehor-Linwood at 4 p.m. Saturday. St James will play Spring Hill for the championship following the completion of the Braves' game.
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