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HHS baseball splits with Great Bend

By The Hays Daily News

GREAT BEND -- The Hays High School baseball team split with Great Bend on Friday.

After run ruling the Panthers 16-0 in five innings in Game 1, Hays High allowed Great Bend to rally in the bottom of the seventh to win the second game 8-7.

The Indians (9-3, 4-2 Western Athletic Conference) dominated Game 1 with senior Hayden Hutchison on the mound.

Hays High pounded Great Bend (7-2, 3-1 WAC) with 15 hits in 32 at bats, which included four home runs and three doubles.

Senior first baseman Chandler Rule had a particularly good day, going 3 of 4 at the plate with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Other Indians with home runs included Hutchison, senior Zack Legleiter and junior Layne Downing.

Meanwhile, Hutchison was solid pitching. He allowed just one hit and no walks in four innings while striking out three. Freshman Cole Schumacher came in to pitch a perfect fifth frame to close it out.

In the nightcap, Hays High kept its momentum going from the opener, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning, but the Indians struggled after that. They scored just one run the rest of the game, which allowed Great Bend to creep back into it.

The Panthers scored three in the bottom of the first, one in the second, another in the sixth and three in the seventh to complete the comeback.

Hays High threw three pitchers at Great Bend, but none of them were particularly effective.

Junior Kade Parker got the start and allowed four runs, two earned, off six hits and two walks while striking out five. Then Schumacher pitched two innings, allowing three runs, two earned, off five hits and a walk, and Hutchison relieved him in the seventh.

But even Hutchison (3-1), who was near perfect in Game 1, couldn't shut down Great Bend, allowing the winning run, unearned, off two hits while striking out one to earn the loss.

Hays High had seven hits in the nightcap and six were extra-base hits.

Hutchison finished 2 of 2 at the plate with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Rule also hit a home run, and his younger brother Connor Rule finished 2 of 3 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Hays High 16, Great Bend 0

Hays High (9-2, 4-1) 320 1(10) -- 16 15 1

Great Bend (6-1, 2-1) 000 00 -- 0 1 2

Hutchison, Schumacher (5) and Sedbrook, Gonzales, Hays High; Beck, Allende (5) and Ruiz, Great Bend. W -- Hutchison (3-0). L -- Beck. 2B -- Ch. Rule 2, Parker, Hays High. HR -- Hutchison, Legleiter, Ch. Rule, Downing, Hays High.

Great Bend 8, Hays High 7

Hays High (9-3, 4-2) 600 100 0 -- 7 7 3

Great Bend (7-2, 3-1) 310 001 3 -- 8 13 0

Parker, Schumacher (5), Hutchison (7) and Sedbrook, Hays High; Hall and Ruiz, Great Bend. W -- Hall. L -- Hutchison (3-1). 2B -- Legleiter, Co. Rule 2, Hays High; Beck, Conaway 2, Jones, Great Bend. 3B -- Bittel, Hays High. HR -- Hutchison, Ch. Rule, Hays High.