Lions get past Washington, 7-6
Scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Concordia Lions pulled out a 7-6 victory over Washington in the semifinals of the Kansas Peewee Baseball Association State Tournament Thursday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.
The Lions advance to the championship game, and are scheduled to face the Smith Center Chiefs at 8:30 tonight.
Smith Center slipped past the Beloit Hornets 5-4 in the other semifinal game.
Beloit and Washington were scheduled to meet in the third-place game at 7:00 tonight.
The Concordia Lions rallied from a 5-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull even with Washington at 5-5 and sent the game into extra innings.
Washington reclaimed the lead at 6-5 with a run in the top of the sixth inning.
Drake Blochlinger led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single and Logan Jackson walked.
The baserunners would advance on a ground ball by Rush LeDuc.
Blochlinger scored the tying run on a passed ball.
A ground ball by Chane Parker got Jackson home with the winning run.
Jackson pitched the first four and a third innings for the Lions.
Stratton Garst worked the final inning and two-thirds to get the win.
Blochlinger had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs for the Lions.
LeDuc had two hits and scored two runs and Jackson scored two runs.
Washington broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the second inning.
A solo home run by Blochlinger in the bottom of the third inning made it a 3-1 game.
Two runs in the top of the fifth inning gave Washington a 5-1 advantage.
The Lions then rallied with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.
Blochlinger singled and Jackson reached base on an error.
A base hit by LeDuc drove in two runs.
LeDuc would come around to score to make it 5-4.
The Lions would score the tying run with two out.
Smith Center scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out the semifinal win over the Beloit Hornets.
Beloit put up one run in the first inning and three in the second to go up 4-0 on Smith Center.
The Chiefs made it 4-1 with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Four runs on four hits, a walk and an error in the bottom of the fifth gave Smith Center the win.