Hays 1-2 in K.C. tourney

By The Hays Daily News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Hays Senior Legion baseball team went 1-2 in the first two days of the play in a Kansas City tournament. Hays moved to 19-14.

In the first game Wednesday, the Eagles lost 9-2 to the Central Spartans out of St. Charles, Mo., near St. Louis.

Each team finished with nine hits and one error, but the Spartans had both extra base hits -- two doubles -- and drew five walks, four more than Hays.

Brady Bieker worked four innings and allowed six (five earned) with six hits. Chandler Rule pitched the final two innings and allowed three runs. Dan Bittel led the Eagles with a 4 for 4 night with a run scored and Hays' only two stolen bases.

On Thursday, the Eagles defeated the Capital Outlaws 3-0. Layne Downing (4-2), coming off a no-hitter in his previous start, pitched his second straight shutout and allowed three hits with eight strikeouts against one walk. Capital hit three Hays batters, the Eagles had two sacrifice hits and stole two bases. Hays had one run in the third and two in the fourth. The Eagles collected three hits.

In Game 2, Hays lost 4-3 to SMCI in a game marred by several controversial calls. Coach Brad Kelly said one call came when a ball hit off a players' foot and was declared fair. Another time, Hays thought they had a triple play, but the umpires ruled otherwise and a run ended up scoring on the play.

The Eagles had five hits and SMCI had eight. Hays scored one run in the first and two in the third. SCMI had one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh. Both teams made two errors. Kade Parker took the loss in a complete game. He allowed the winning run to score in the seventh and worked 6.1 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts against one walk.