Mid Kansas All Stars open with 12-4 win
The Mid Kansas All Stars used a seven run sixth inning to open the 2009 Babe Ruth 15U State Baseball Tournament in Paola with a victory over the Cottonwood Valley All Stars on Thursday afternoon.
The game started at Noon under cloudy, cool conditions for July, but finshed in brilliant sunshine as the two teams battled in perfect baseball conditions. The game was scoreless for the opening two innings, as both teams were retired in order in the first and second innings.
Mid Kansas scored the game and tournament's first run in the third inning, and added a second run in the fourth to open a 2-0 lead. CVL answered in the bottom of the fifth inning, pushing across four runs on three hits and an error to grab a 4-2 lead, but it would be the only runs Cottonwood Valley would score in the game.
Mid Kansas jumped on CVL pitching in the top of the sixth for seven run on only one hit and one error, sending 11 men to the plate in the inning. The first seven batters in the inning reach base safely, and all seven scored to break the game open for Mid Kansas.
After retiring CVL in order in the bottom of the sixth, Mid Kansas tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh make the finals score 12-4. Mid Kansas scored their 12 runs on only 5 hits, while CVL had four runs on five hits.
Mid Kansas advances to take on Independence on Friday, while CVL drops to the consolation bracket to take on Osage City.
Indy blasts Osage City 22-6
Independence came out of the gate quickly in Thursday's opening round game of the Kansas State Babe Ruth 15U Tournament at Paola, scoring six runs in the first inning and never looking back as they soundly defeated Osage City 22-6 to advance to Friday's winners bracket game.
The first inning saw Indy score six runs on three hits, as T.J. Reed, Dustin Oliver, Zach Snodgrass, Shane Moore, Dalton Schaffer, and Nick Long all reached base and all came around to score in the opening frame.
Osage City remained in the game in the first couple of innings, as they were able to push across five of theis six runs in the opening two innings. In the first. Devin Walker and Dalton Swindale both scored, and in the second Trey Fort, Brandon Kerns and Tyler Irvin pushed across runs to keep Osage City within shouting distance at 10-5.
In the third inning, Indy slamed the door on Osage City, as Reed, Oliver, Snodgrass, Moore, and Schaffer all plated runs again as Indy scored five more runs on two hits to open a 10 run, 15-5 lead. The lead ballooned to 18-6 in the fouth, as Indy pushed across three more runs on one hit and then added four in the top of the fifth for the final margin.
Independence saw Oliver score five runs, while Reed and Snodgrass each scored four times, and Moore and Schaffer each plated three runs in the game. Dustin Oliver opened the game on the mound for Independence and went two innings before T.J. Reed finished the game on the hill for Indy.
Independence advances to the second round against Mid Kansas and Osage City drops to the consolation bracket to take on Cottonwood Valley on Friday.
Oz falls to Wellington 12-1 in opener
The Osawatomie All-Stars suffered an opening round loss at the hands of Wellington in the Kansas State Babe Ruth 15U Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Paola. The Oz All Starts jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Drew Needham reached safely and came around to score, but that would be the last run Oz would manage through the remainder of the game. Oz had two hits in the first, and would manage only one more hit on the day, and advance only one more runner to scoring position, that coming in the fourth inning.
Wellington came back with two runs in each of the first two innings, as Chaney Stallbaumer and Taylor Ybarra each reached home in the first and Zach Parent and Bryan Moore scored in the second. The score remained 4-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Wellington broke the game open with six runs on three hits. Stallbaumer, Levi Anderson, Ryan Jenkins, Levi Gurley, Evan Keller, and Dillon Cypert all scored to give Wellington a 10-1 lead. The game ended in the bottom of the fifth as Jenkins and Ybarra scored to make the final 12-1.
Wellington advances to play host Paola on Friday night, while Oz drops to the consolation bracket against Lakin.
Schneider tosses no hitter in opener
The Paola All Stars and Sam Schneider played the role of not-so-nice hosts, as Schneider tossed a no hit shut out against Lakin in the night cap of the opening round of the Kansas State Babe Ruth 15U Tournament on Thursday night. The game got a late start as the teams took a break from action on the field for Opening Ceremonies. Schneider was tough from the start, allowing only three base runners in the through the game.
Paola went down in order in bottom of the first inning, but in the second, Paola struck for five runs, which was more than Schneider would need to seal the victory. Tanner Staats, Kyle Isabell, Matt Haefele, Austin Ohlmeier and James Young all scored in the second inning. Paola really put the game out of reach in the third inning scoring four more runs on four hits to open a commanding 9-0 lead. Staats, Austin Dent, Haefele and Ohlmeier all scored for Paola in the inning.
Paola's Kyle Isabell scorred the game winner in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the host team a 10-0 victory.
Paola advances to play Wellington in the second round of the tournament on Friday, while Lakin drops to the consolation bracket to take on Osawatomie.