The Hays High School baseball team was limited to seven runs in two games but left Salina with a split with Salina South on Friday.
The Tigers scored all of their runs in the first two innings in a 3-2 win over the Cougars in the first game.
Hays High's first run came in unorthodox fashion, as Cole Schumacher was awarded first base on obstruction by the Salina South catcher. The Indian senior then stole second before taking third and scoring on wild pitches before the Cougars recorded an out. The Indians had a pair of runners in scoring position later in the inning, but failed to capitalized with two outs.
Jarrett Pfannenstiel, the Indian starting pitcher, allowed the Cougars to tie the game in the bottom half when the ball exited the field of play.
Pfannenstiel and Drew Young both reached to start the second inning and later scored to make it 3-1. Pfannenstiel scored on a sacrifice fly from Schumacher before Young came in on a two-out double by Marcus Altman.
Salina South was held scoreless for Pfannenstiel's final five innings of work. Senior Dalton Stout got the ball for the final two outs of the seventh and inherited a pair of runners after the HHS starter allowed a leadoff single and a one-out walk. The Cougars scored their final run on a sacrifice fly before another fly out ended the game.
There was no quieting the Salina South bats in the second game of the day.
Kansas State signee Connor Rule hit a two-out double in the bottom of the first, but he was stranded there after a fly out.
Palmer Hutchison, the Indian starter for the second game, pitched a scoreless first before the home team got going in the second. Hutchison hit the first Cougar batter he faced in the inning. That came back to haunt him, as the home team broke through on an error by Schumacher at short. Salina South added four more runs as part of a two-out rally to make it 5-0 after one.
The Indians answered with three runs in the third to make it a ballgame again. Hutchison walked before Schumacher was hit by a pitch. Altman scored Hutchison with an RBI single before Schumacher scored on a wild pitch. Rule then plated Altman with his second double of the game.
Each side scored an unearned run in the fourth to make it 6-4 to start the fifth. Hutchison was replaced by Trey Riggs after 3.1 innings of work.
Riggs escaped a jam in the fifth before finding serious trouble in the sixth without much help from his defense.
He retired the first batter he saw before a single and an error put two men on. The first Salina South run of the inning came on a wild pitch before consecutive singles forced Riggs from the game. Stout again came on in relief and allowed a two-run single to the first batter he faced.
A string of errors and singles allowed the Cougars to add five more runs and end the game via run rule. The Indians committed seven errors in the second contest of the day.
The Indians return to action Friday in Russell.
Hays High 3, Salina South 2
HHS 120 000 0 — 3 7 1
SS 100 000 1 — 2 8 3
Pfaannenstiel, Riggs, Stout and Rule. Foster, Sullivan and Jensen. W: Pfannenstiel. L: Foster. S: Stout. 2B: Altman; Sullivan.
Salina South 14, Hays High 4
HHS 003 100 — 4 7 7
SS 050 108 — 14 16 1
Hutchison, Stout and Rule ;Peters, Allen and Jensen. W: Peters. L: Hutchison. 2B: Rule 2; Foster. 3B: Cruz.