Lions win battle of Concordia teams, advance to semifinals
Scoring nine runs in the second and third innings combined, the Concordia Lions got past local rival Concordia Chevrolet/Buick 11-5 in the quarterfinals of the Peewee Baseball State Tournament Tuesday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.
The Lions move on to the semifinals, and will play the Smith Center Chiefs on Thursday night.
Smith Center shut out Clifton, 10-0.
In the other quarterfinal games, Washington slipped past Clyde 3-1 and Bremen roughed up the Beloit Crush 16-5 in four innings.
The Lions broke a scoreless tie with Chevrolet/Buick by scoring six runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Chane Parker, Evan Bombardier, Wyatt Franz and Parker Jackson had consecutive singles and scored in the inning.
Drake Hake was hit by a pitch and came around to score.
Logan Jackson walked and scored a run.
Chevrolet/Buick made it a 6-1 game in the top of the third inning when Baylor Knox singled and scored.
The Lions answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, and led 9-1.
Franz tripled with one out and scored a run.
Grant Robinson singled and scored and Blochlinger hit a home run.
Kale Schroeder walked and scored a run for Chevrolet/Buick in the top of the fourth inning.
Two runs in the bottom of the fourth gave the Lions an 11-2 cushion.
Maddox Frey singled and scored a run and Franz homered.
Chevrolet/Buick tacked on three runs in the top of the fifth to make it 11-5.
Frey, Logan Jackson and Blochlinger did the pitching for the Lions.
Boone Richard and Carter Eakins pitched for Chevrolet/Buick.
Franz had three hits and scored three runs for the Lions.
The Smith Center Chiefs reached the semifinals with the 10-0 win over the Clifton Cardinals.
Smith Center scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Three runs in the second inning gave the Chiefs an 8-0 advantage.
The Chiefs scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning to end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Clifton did not have a hit in the game.
Washington scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to edge Clyde.
Clyde took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jack Skocny doubled and scored.
Scoreless through the first two innings, Washington went on top to stay with three runs in the third.
Tucker Huband walked with one out and came around to score.
Carson Kearn singled and scored and Gavin LeDuc doubled and scored.
Clyde was shut out on two hits over the final four innings.
Kearn and LeDuc did the pitching for Washington.
Oliver Nobert pitched for Clyde.
The Bremen Green Sox racked up eight runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in the win over Beloit.
The Crush scored one run in the bottom of the first.
Bremen made it a 9-1 game with a run in the top of the second inning.
Beloit picked up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Three runs in the third inning and four in the top of the fourth gave Bremen a 16-4 advantage.
Beloit added one run in the bottom of the fourth.
Dakota Slupianek and Brock Crome did the pitching for Bremen.