McPHERSON — The Hays Senior Legion Eagles opened the McPherson tournament with a pair of wins.

Hays (12-5) coasted to a 10-2 win against Wabaunsee on Friday and a 13-2 win Saturday against Emporia. Hays wrapped up pool play Saturday evening against Ark City.

The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first two innings, led by a four-run first.

A triple by Marcus Altman brought in Ryan Ruder and Ricky Hockett for a quick 2-0 lead. Cole Murphy drove in Altman and Jared Haynes with a single to cap the inning.

Altman went back to work with a sacrifice fly that scored Cole Schumacher in the second. Haynes’ double to left field brought around Hockett the following at-bat. Haynes was plated on a Jace Armstrong single for a 7-0 lead.

Wabaunsee got a pair of runs back in the fourth, though Hays responded with two in the fifth.

Ruder made his way around on a single by Schumacher, who scored the next at-bat.

Brett Hermann ended the game at 10-2 after scoring on a single by Ruder in the sixth.

Five Eagles finished with two hits.

Emporia snatched a quick 1-0 lead Saturday, though Hays struck for 10 runs to respond in the bottom of the first.

Altman smashed a two-run homer to give Hays a 3-0 lead. Hockett scored his TMP teammate, Ruder, with a two-run homer of his own to make it 10-1. Hays brought 14 batters to the plate in the inning.

Hays scored a single run in the second and two in the third before a lone Emporia run in the fourth.

Hockett led the way with three runs and three RBI on a pair of hits.

Senior Legion boxscores


Hays Eagles 10, Wabaunsee 2

Wabaunsee 000 200 — 2 3 2

Hays 430 021 — 10 14 0

Murphy, Haynes (3), Armstrong (4), Ruder (4), Herrman (6) and Harman. W — Murphy. 2B — Haynes, Hockett, Murphy, Hays. 3B — Altman.


Hays Eagles 13, Emporia 2

Emporia 100 1 — 2 3 3

Hays 1012 x — 13 5 0

W. Schumacher and Harman. W — W. Schumacher. 2B — Hockett, Hays. HR — Altman, Hockett, Hays.