HHS baseball splits, will travel for regional
By The Hays Daily News
JUNCITION CITY -- After splitting its final two games of the regular season, the Hays High School baseball team will be the No. 3 seed for this week's Class 5A regional.
The Indians (15-5) will play No. 6 seed Goddard-Eisenhower (8-11) in Tuesday's 2 p.m. game at Great Bend. Great Bend (15-4), which shared the Western Athletic Conference championship, is the No. 2 seed, and will play No. 7 seed Newton (6-12) in the 4 p.m. game. The winners will play at 6 p.m. for the right to play the Class 5A state tournament.
In Friday's regular-season finale, the Indians suffered a 1-0 loss in Game 1 at Junction City, then won 12-1 in the nightcap.
In the opener, senior Hayden Hutchison allowed the one run (unearned) in the complete game. Hutchison, however did have an error in the second inning that allowed a runner to advance to second, then score on a two-out single for the go-ahead and game-deciding run.
The Indian offense was contained to just three hits, coming from senior Chance Pitcock, senior Dan Bittel, and junior Kade Parker. Junction City had two hits.
In the nightcap, Hays High busted open the game with a six-run fourth inning, and scored five more though the final three innings. The Indians had 11 hits with two each from Parker and junior Layne Downing. Downing drove in three runs and had a triple and a double. Hutchison, Bittel and Connor Rule also doubled, and senior Chandler Rule drove in two runs.
Parker picked up the win in the complete game. He walked five, but struck out nine, allowing one unearned run.