Lions top Chiefs 17-8 to win state title
Racking up 12 runs over the final two innings, the Concordia Lions surged past the Smith Center Chiefs to post a 17-8 victory in the championship game of the Kansas Peewee Baseball Association State Tournament Friday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.
Leading just 5-4 after three innings of play, the Lions put up six runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to capture the win.
The Beloit Hornets downed Washington 9-6 in the third-place game on Friday night.
The Lions got out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the title game.
Drake Blochlinger led off the inning with a walk and came around to score.
Chance Parker doubled and scored in the inning.
Maxson Frey was hit by a pitch. He would score the third run.
Parker Jackson had a run producing single.
Smith Center made it 3-2 with two runs in the bottom of the first.
Scoring one run in the second inning, the Chiefs tied the game at 3-3.
Two runs in the top of the third inning gave the Lions a 5-3 advantage.
Parker singled and scored and Stratton Garst walked and scored.
Smith Center closed the gap to 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the third.
Sending 10 batters to the plate and hitting two home runs, the Lions erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 12-4.
Rush LeDuc reached base on a fielder's choice and Parker and Frey walked to load the bases.
Jackson then hit a grand slam home run.
Garst walked and scored on a passed ball.
Grant Robinson got aboard on an error and Blochlinger belted a two-run home run.
Smith Center closed the gap to 12-7 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Pushing across five runs in the top of the fifth inning, the Lions opened up a 17-7 lead.
Parker and Frey singled with one out, and Jackson walked.
A two-out single by Robinson knocked in two runs.
Danner Benfer drove in a run with a double. He scored on a base hit by Blochlinger.
Smith Center tacked on one run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the final score 17-8.
Parker pitched the first three innings for the Lions. Blochlinger worked the final two innings.
Jackson had two hits and drove in four runs for the Lions.
Parker had three hits and scored four runs.
Blochlinger had two hits, drove in three runs and scored two.
Robinson knocked in two runs and scored two.
Frey scored two runs and Garst scored two.