OMAHA, Neb. — The Hays Eagles Sr. Legion baseball team opened the Battle of Omaha tournament with a pair of victories on Friday.
The Eagles won a 16-8 slugfest over Omaha-N.E. Bryan in the first game and then took down the Wichita Aeros 6-3.
Hays then held on for a 12-11 win on Saturday against Waverly-Shell Rock (Iowa).
In the first game on Friday, Hays fell behind 8-6 after giving up six runs in the top of the fourth, but answered with six runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Hays loaded the bases and Palmer Hutchison drew a walk to bring the Eagles within a run and Braiden Stauth put them in front with a two-run single to center. Jamison Martin and Cole Murphy followed with back-to-back doubles, giving the Eagles a four-run cushion.
Hutchison went two-for-two at the plate including a three-run homer that fueled a five-run second inning. He also drew a pair of walks and drove in five runs.
Willie Sennett went three-for-three and Brady Kreutzer, Dawson Harman, Martin and Murphy joined Hutchison with two-hit games. The Eagles racked up 16 hits total.
Stauth earned the win in relief, allowing one run on hit in 1.2 innings.
In the second game, the Eagles took control early with a three-run second inning. Murphy brought in the first run with an RBI single to center and Dawson Harman singled to center to plate Martin. Murphy then came around on a passed ball.
Hays added another run in the third before giving up three in the top of the fourth to make it a 4-3 game. The Eagles added two insurance runs off a single from Harman in the sixth.
Murphy earned the win on the mound. He notched 11 strikeouts in six innings of work while allowing five hits and three runs.
Harman, Murphy, Dominic Bainter and Trey Riggs each had two hits for the game.
In the first game on Saturday, the Eagles entered the bottom of the sixth with a six-run lead but Waverly- Shell Rock put up a five-run frame. The game was then called after six inning because of time restrictions.
Cody Petersen went two-for-four at the plate with a home run for the Eagles and Riggs also had two hits.