EMPORIA – The Hays Eagles Senior American Legion baseball team went 2-0 Saturday to stay unbeaten at the Sam Ellis Classic in Emporia. The Eagles (7-2) beat the Topeka Senators 9-1 and Newton 9-4 to move to 3-0 on the weekend. They will now face the Wichita Aviators at noon Sunday.
Against Topeka, the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the first inning then added four in the third and three in the fourth for the five inning run-rule win. Starter Tate Garcia allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks for the win. Seven different Eagles had one hit each. Trey Riggs and Brock Lummus both drove in a pair of runs while Brady Kreutzer scored three times.
Hays scored five in the fifth to break a 4-4 tie in their second game against Newton. Cody Petersen hit a one-out double and scored what proved to be the game-winning run when Brock Lummus reached on an error. Dominic Bainter followed with a triple which scored Lummus. Justice Dotts drove in Bainter with a single then later scored on a wild pitch. Brady Kreutzer closed out the scoring with a two-run single which knocked in Jamison Martin.
Kreutzer pitched six innings and picked up the win after allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts.