OTTAWA — The Hays Senior American Legion Eagles baseball staff’s summer time got here to an in depth in dramatic fashion Saturday morning.
After taking a 5-four lead in the seventh, the Eagles surrendered a pair of runs in the underside half, struggling a 6-5 walk-off loss to host and defending champion Ottawa in the Class AAA State Event.
The Eagles finish their season at 21-15 beneath coaches Dustin Schumacher and Kelton Rule. They have been one sport shy of a rematch with Nice Bend in the title spherical of the event. Ottawa advances to play the Chiefs needing two wins to take the title. Nice Bend wants only one.
The Eagles took a -zero lead in Saturday morning’s sport when Dawson Harman reached on an error, driving in Cole Murphy in the second inning, however Hays then needed to battle from behind with three runs in the sixth inning to tie the sport at 4. Trailing four-, Hays obtained a two-run single from Grant Coffman that scored Brady Kreutzer and Palmer Hutchison, then Coffman scored the tying run on an error.
Hays then took the lead in the seventh when Murphy hit a line drive to attain Trey Riggs with two outs, then Hutchison obtained caught working to document the third out.
Hutchison, who went the space on the mound for Hays, obtained two outs in the seventh, however then gave up a line-drive single with runners on that ended the sport.
Hutchison gave up six runs (4 earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts in 4 walks.
The Eagles managed simply 4 hits with Murphy having two and Hutchison and Coffman every ending with one.