SALINA – The Hays Eagles Junior American Legion baseball team moved to .500 after a couple of one-run games in Salina Monday. The Eagles built a 6-1 lead then held on for a 6-5 win in the opener then rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to beat the Salina Hawks 5-4 in the second game.
The Eagles scored two runs in the first inning, two in the third and two more in the fourth to build a 6-1 lead. Salina took advantage of a hit batter, three walks and straight singles to score five in the fifth. Mason Robbins threw a runner out at the plate with the bases loaded for the second out then Garrett Wellbrock fielded a grounder for the force out at third to end the game.
Wellbrock allowed one unearned run on one hit with six strikeouts and two walks in 2 1/3 innings for the win.
The Hawks scored two in the first and two in the second to build a 4-1 lead in the second game but the Eagles rallied with two in the third then two in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Dawson VonFeldt doubled home a run then scored on a wild pitch in the third. Noah Weimer tied the game with a two-out double to left. VonFeldt was hit by a pitch to load the bases then Remington Cox drew a bases loaded walk to give the Eagles the lead.
Dawson VonFeldt then worked a 1-2-3 fifth to secure the win. VonFeldt pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts and three walks for the win.
The Junior Eagles improve to 11-11-1. They will host the Russell Senior Legion at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Wild West Fest Tournament.