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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

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With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

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Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

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Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

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Dighton 44, Atwood 11

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Eagles win twice, move into zone title round

Published on -7/24/2013, 9:58 AM

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By LARRY MORITZ

Special to The HDN

SALINA -- The ultimate goal might be winning three consecutive games in the next two days and claiming a zone tournament title.

But the only thing the Salina Pestinger Falcons are focusing on right now is one game this afternoon. That one game will decide if their season ends today or is extended at least one more week.

The Falcons will play in the first elimination game of the American Legion Class AAA Zone 6 Tournament when they face Junction City at 3 p.m. today at Dean Evans Stadium.

Because of an unusual three-team zone format -- which includes state tourney host Hays -- the winner of today's Salina-Junction City contest will finish no worse than runner-up in the zone. That would be good enough to advance to next week's Class AAA state tournament.

"We know what's on the line," Salina coach Jason Gordon said. "Win and we go on to state. Lose and the season is over.

"It's a must-win and I expect us to come out focused with some energy and play the game the right way."

The Falcons put themselves in this position with an 8-4 loss to Hays on Tuesday night at Evans Stadium. Salina, the top seed in the zone tournament, would have to win three games to deny the Eagles the zone tourney title.

The Salina-Junction City winner will play Hays in the first tournament championship game at 6 p.m. today. If Hays wins, it is the zone champ.

If Salina or Junction City wins today's late game, a second title game under the double-elimination format would be necessary Thursday morning.

Although Hays doesn't have as much on the line as its opponents, the Eagles opened the tournament with a 5-2 victory against Junction City in Tuesday's early contest, before handing Salina its first postseason loss.

"It's been an up-and-down year for us," Hays coach Brad Kelly said. "We play good one day and not so much the next.

"But we're approaching this no different than any other game. We want to win every time we step out there. We preach going into every game like it's do-or-die, whether its a postseason game or a regular season doubleheader."

"The fact that we already know we are going to be at state helps us to relax," Hays infielder Hayden Hutchison said. "But we're not going to change anything. We'll play the same ball we've been playing all year.

"We hope this will give us some momentum going to the state tournament."

Hays used only two pitchers in its two nine-inning games, with Kade Parker going the distance against Junction City before Layne Downing did the same against Salina.

The Falcons took an early lead on Hays when Dalton Dooley's sacrifice fly scored Trent Earley in the bottom of the first. Hays never trailed after scoring three runs on three hits in the third, though Salina did tie it up temporarily in the bottom of that innng on Dooley's run-scoring ground out and Keenan Breen's RBI single.

Hutchison doubled to drive in a run, then scored himself on Chandler Rule's single to make it 5-3 in the fourth.

After collecting eight hits total in the win over Junction City, the Eagles had 11 in the first five innings against Salina.

"We didn't swing well at all against Junction City," Hutchison said. "Maybe we were saving hits for the second game. We also know Salina is a good team and maybe we gear up better against them."

Hays had two on and two out in the fifth when Salina intentionally walked Hutchison with first base open. Rule followed with a two-run single, with a third run scoring on an overthrow to push the lead to 8-3.

"They jumped out to a lead and we couldn't establish anything offensively to get a rally going," Gordon said. "Tip your hat to Downing because he kept us off balance.

"We would get guys on the bases and they had guys step up and make plays or make a pitch to get out of it."

Salina reliever Daniel O'Brien entered the game with two outs in the fifth and pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. The only Hays baserunner the final four innings reached on an error.

The Falcons (24-13) had three consecutive hits to open the ninth against Downing.

A single from Robert James, a double from Earley and Matt Rowe's RBI single brougth home the final run.

Earley was out at home attempting to score on an overthrow, and Downing closed it out with a flyball to right and his only strikeout of the game.

Hays 5, Junction City 2

Parker pitched a complete game seven-hitter and did not allow an earned run in the Eagles victory over Junction City.

Leadoff hitter Clayton Basgall went 4 for 5, drove in the first run for Hays and scored two more himself.

Basgall's RBI single in the third gave Hays the 1-0 lead, but Junction scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth after a two-out error.

Hutchison and Rule had back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the fifth to put Hays in front for good.

The Eagles added two unearned runs of their own in the seventh, including one on John Griffith's two-out double.

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