Hays Eagles Advance To Zone Finals

The Hays Eagles Senior American Legion got two complete games on the mound Tuesday as they beat Junction City 5-2 and the Salina Falcons 8-4 to advance to their zone tournament title game at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina. The 24-16 Eagles await the winner between the Falcons and Junction City for Wednesday’s title game. Irregardless of what happens in the zone tournament, Hays will play in next week’s state tournament at Larks Park.

Game 1: Hays 5, Junction City 2
Kade Parker (5-2) allowed just one earned run on six hits in the complete game victory. Parker struck out three and walked just one. Clayton Basgall led the Eagles at the plate going 4-for-5 with an RBI.

The Eagles scored in the third on a Basgall single. Junction City answered with two in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The Eagles came back with two in the fifth on two bases loaded walks.

They would tack on two more in the seventh for the final margin.

Game 2: Hays 8, Salina 4
Layne Downing (5-2) picked up the complete game win, allowing four runs, three earned, on 12 hits.

The Eagles took the lead with three in the third on RBIs from Layne Downing, John Griffith and Jake Sedbrook.

After Salina tied the game with two in the bottom of the third, Hays answered with two in the fourth on a Hayden Hutchison double and Chandler Rule single. The Eagles would get three more in the fifth on a Rule two-run single and an error.