Hays and Pittsburg played what will go down as one of the wildest State Legion games in recent memory. Leading 1-0 through the first three innings, the Hays Eagles walked two batters and committed an error in the bottom of the fourth inning as Pittsburg took a 5-1 lead. Pittsburg added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth increasing their lead to 7-1.
With the same score heading into the top of the 7th inning, the Hays bats finally came alive. Clayton Basgall drove in Jake Sebrook and then a two rbi double by Layne Down cut the score down to 7-4. The Eagles then re-took the lead in the top of the eighth inning on a two-rbi triple by Hayden Hutchison. In the inning Hays scored six runs on four hits and were helped by two Pittsburg errors.
With Hays leading 10-7, it didn’t take long for Pittsburg to respond in the bottom of the eighth. Pittsburg plated five runs on five singles to take a 12-10 lead.
But Hays would respond. Jake Sedbrook led off the inning with a single and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Kyler Niernberger, his third of the night. After a Clayton Basgall strike-out and two outs in the top of the ninth, Dan Bittel singled and scored Sedbrook. Bittel then stole second base. Down to their last strike Hutchison, lined a single into shallow left field. Bittel had broke to third on the pitch and was able to score with no play at the plate tying the game up at 10.
Pittsburg got the winning runner on board in the bottom of the 9th but a double play and fly ball ended the frame.
Hays continued to swing a hot stick scoring six more in the top of the tenth and Pittsburg went three up three down to end the game 18-12.
Hays pounded out 23 hits, while Pittsburg had 16.
Hutchison picked up the win in relief of Basgall going six and third inning. Pittsburg used five pitchers in the game.
Offensively Hutchison drove in six runs, while Sedbrook scored four times and had four hits. Basgall also scored four times and Bittle crossed the plate three times.
All told the teams combined for 397 pitches, 39 hits, 30 runs, 10 extra base hits, 7 pitchers, 107 plate appearance, in a game that took 3 hours and 35 minutes.
Hays advances to the championship game and play at 3:00 against the winner of the elimination game between Pittsburg and Newton at 12:00.
Postgame: Brad Kelly Postgame 8-2-13