Blues win in first round of state tournament

WATHENA – The Concordia Blues downed Silver Lake 3-1 in the first round of the Class AA State American Legion baseball tournament here Wednesday afternoon.
The Blues will face Larned, a 2-1 winner over Sabetha, in the second round today.
Silver Lake took the lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning.
Concordia finally got something going in the third. Drake Hake led off with a single and stole second.
Bowe Behymer singled, scoring Hake.
Behymer stole second and advanced to third on an error.
Tanner Gilbert singled, scoring Behymer and giving the Blues a 2-1 lead.
Concordia got another run in the fourth.
Chanse Copple singled and scored on a double by Conner Eilert after back to back sacrifices.
Skyler Hittle pitched all seven innings and gave up just one run on four hits; he walked two and struckout seven.
Hittle gave up just one hit in the last six innings of the game.
Copple had two hits in the game.
In  other games, Ottawa defeated Ellis 16-0 and Fort Scott beat Doniphan County 7-0.
Silver Lake will face Sabetha today in the loser's bracket and Ellis will play Doniphan County.
Concordia and Larned will square off at 6:00 p.m. on the winner's side of the bracket and Ottawa will face Fort Scott in the second game.

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