DODGE CITY – The Hays Eagles Junior American Legion went 1-2 at the Dodge City Baseball Club 16 and Under Tournament. All three games were decided by one run. Saturday the Eagles lost 6-5 to Buhler then beat Russell 3-2 in eight innings. Sunday they lost 4-3 to Dodge City in the first round of bracket play Sunday.
Buhler rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh after Hays had scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth to come back from an early 3-0 deficit. Mason Robbins walked four along with three strikeouts and suffered the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits in three innings of relief. Dawson VonFeldt had two of the Eagles five hits.
Wyatt Crain’s double to deep left field scored Garrett Wellbrock with the winning run in Hays’ win over Russell. The Eagles led 2-1 after the first inning, but Russell took advantage of an errant throw to score the tying run in the fourth. Garrett Wellbrock allowed two hits but got the final three outs without allowing a run in the eighth for the win in relief.
Dodge City took advantage of a hit batter, three walks and an error to score two runs in the top of the seventh to grab a 4-1 lead. The Eagles rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning and had two on when a line out to right to ended the game.
Mason Robbins and Noah Weimer were both initially ruled out in a run-down in the seventh and Dodge awarded a 4-2 win. After review of the rules, the umpires determined that Robbins was safe and his run was allowed. Following a 10 minute delay, both teams were brought back on to the field to finish the game. Dalton Dale reached on an infield single before Garrett Wellbrock’s lineout ended the game.
The Junior Eagles are scheduled to play a doubleheader in Russell Tuesday.