The Hays Eagles entered Sunday with an 0-1 record in their zone tournament, but by the end of the day, the team had earned a trip to state.

The Eagles kept the opportunity alive with a 5-1 win over Hutchinson before beating McPherson in nine innings later in the day.

The game went to extras in a 4-4 tie before Palmer Hutchison took the first pitch of the ninth over the wall in left to put the Eagles ahead 5-4.

Grant Coffman earned the win on the mound after working around a leadoff walk.

Hutchison started the game on the mound and saw the Eagles fall behind 4-0 after three innings.

A Brett Herrman RBI triple and a Braden Stauth single got the Eagles on the board twice in the sixth before Hutchison brought extra innings into play with a sacrifice fly. Hutchison finished with two RBI and struck out six over 6.2 innings on the mound.

Jace Armstrong was the only Eagle to record multiple hits in the win.

The Eagles also fell behind early in their first game of the day, as Hutchinson scored in the top of the second, but that was the only run Eagles starter Cole Murphy allowed.

A pair of errors allowed Hays to tie it in the bottom half before a Trey Riggs solo homer put the Eagles up for good in the third. Hays added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth for a more comfortable margin of victory.

Riggs also tripled for a two-hit game.

Murphy earned the win with six strikeouts and four hits allowed over six innings. Coffman came on for the seventh and stranded a pair of base runners after surrendering a walk and double to the first two batters he faced.

The AAA state tournament is set to start July 26 in Ottawa.