McPHERSON – The Hays Eagles Junior American Legion baseball team went 2-1 Saturday and tied for third at the McPherson 16U Tournament. After going 1-1 in pool play Friday, the eighth-seeded Eagles (3-6-1) knocked off the Buhler 16U Nationals 8-4 then took out the top seeded Kansas City Lancers 11-9 before losing to McPherson 13-2 in the semifinals.
Garrett Wellbrock picked up the complete game victory in the first game against Buhler. Wellbrock allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk over six innings. Dawson VonFeldt had two hits and three RBI’s.
The Junior Eagles raced out to a 9-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings in their second against the top-seeded Kansas City Lancers who rallied with five in the bottom of the third and four in the sixth. Mason Robbins allowed nine runs, six earned on six hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win. Keaton Barnett got the final two outs for the save.
Robbins, Dawson VonFeldt, Remington Cox all drove in two runs. Dalton Dale had three hits.
Dalton Dale hit a two-run homer in the top of the first against McPherson in the semifinals but the lead would be short lived. McPherson, who went on to win the tourney title, answered with two runs in the bottom of the first then scored nine times in the second for the four inning run-rule win.
The Junior Eagles travel to Buhler for a doubleheader Wednesday.