HHS baseball completes WAC sweep
Published on -5/13/2012, 6:32 PM
By The Hays Daily News
DODGE CITY -- Hays High baseball fans who traveled to Dodge City for the regular season finale got three games for the price of two Friday.
The Indians defeated Dodge City 2-1 in Game 1, but it took 14 innings to break a 1-1 tie. Then Hays High finished the sweep, winning 6-0 in Game 2.
With the victories, Hays High (18-2) clinched the WAC championship with a perfect 8-0 WAC record, while Dodge City dropped to 10-10 and 5-3 in the WAC.
The Indians have won back-to-back league crowns.
In Game 1, Hays High had its top two pitchers throwing.
Senior Austin Unrein lasted the first six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six. He gave up Dodge City's one run of the doubleheader, but it was unearned.
Junior Hayden Hutchison (5-0) relieved him in the seventh inning and pitched for an additional eight innings. He shut out Dodge City, allowing four hits with five strikeouts.
However, it wasn't really a pitching duel since Hays High's offense was fairly productive, posting 16 hits in the game and drawing seven walks, but Dodge City's defense finished with three double plays which helped contain the Indians.
Dodge City scored the first run of the game following an error by Hays High.
The Indians answered in the top of the third, as senior second baseman Riley Kaus drove in sophomore catcher Jake Sedbrook with a double.
Then 10 innings passed before another run was scored.
In the top of the 14th, junior Zack Legleiter hit a double and drove in Hutchison for the go-ahead score.
In Game 2, Hays High again put its pitching on display, as senior Chase Young lasted seven shut-out innings, allowing just four hits and two walks, and struck out 10 batters.
Senior first baseman Trevor Henningsen led the team at the plate, hitting 3-for-4.