The Hays Eagles Senior American Legion rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat Buhler 7-5 in their “AAA” Zone tournament opener in Dodge City Monday night. The Eagles scored three in the sixth then three more in eighth to erase the four-run deficit. The Eagles improve to 29-8 and can secure their third-straight trip to the “AAA” state tournament with a win in the eight o’clock game Tuesday night.
Layne Downing hit a three-run homer in the sixth to pull Hays within a run at 5-4. Marcus Altman led off the eighth with a triple then scored on a Dalton Stout single to tie the game 5-5. Following a Kaden Rohr single, Zack Legleiter’s two-run double gave the Eagles the lead for good.
Layne Downing picks up the win in relief, throwing two shutout innings while striking out five and walking none. Starter Cole Schumacher allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits over three innings, striking out eight while walking three.
The Eagles are now 29-8 on the season.