When it came time for team pictures after the end of a grueling Wild West Festival Tournament, it was suggested the Hays Sr. Eagles show some emotion and make a couple goofy poses for the cameras.
"We're too tired," a couple of the Eagles responded humorously.
From 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, the Eagles expended every ounce of energy in capturing the WWF title.
The Eagles were put in a precarious spot by losing the early morning game against the Northern Colorado 17-U Roughnecks but then won four straight games and claimed the championship with a 10-0 run-rule win over McCook (Neb.) in the final at Larks Park.
"Every game, we were just asking the guys to dig deep and find enough energy, find enough will to come out here and get a dub, and they did," Eagles coach Dustin Schumacher said.
As exhausted as they were, the Eagles put together their best game of the tournament in the final against McCook, which was playing its third game of the day.
The Eagles led 3-0 after four innings and broke it open with seven runs in the top of the fifth. Jamison Martin then closed out his five-inning shutout to seal the win.
Martin, who allowed just one hit and struck out seven, was named Most Valuable Player of the final.
"He came out and gave us a chance early and we made some good plays behind him," Schumacher said. "He kind of held them at bay and then we kind of opened the floodgates there in the fifth."
Martin said he had never experienced anything like Sunday's five-game marathon for the Eagles. Heavy rains on Friday morning altered the tournament schedule.
"It was exhausting, but it was worth every second," Martin said.
The Eagles moved to 28-4-1 on the season and went 7-1 in the tournament with the lone loss coming in a 9-6 setback against the Roughnecks that forced the Eagles to come through the loser's bracket.
They responded with a 10-2 win over Great Bend and then beat the Northern Colorado 18-U team, 8-6, before avenging their loss with a 6-3 victory over the Northern Colorado 17-U team.
"We started running low on pitchers and some younger guys had to step up," Martin said. "We had a lot of confidence after winning two more after the loss."
Schumacher said he was confident the Eagles had the personnel to make a run at the title after the morning loss.
"I knew we had the pitching, it was just about whether or not we had enough energy to go out and play that many games and win that many games in a row," Schumacher said. "Hats off to the guys for doing it. It was a team effort, everybody contributed to at least one of the wins."
Cole Murphy drove in three runs in the final while Dawson Harman had two hits with two RBIs.
The Hays Monarchs went 2-2 in the tournament, getting eliminated with a 6-0 loss to Buhler on Saturday night.