PITTSBURG — After defeating Turner 4-3 in the in the opening round of the 5A Regional Tournament, the Pittsburg High School baseball team was eliminated in the championship game with a 5-4 loss against Blue Valley Southwest in extra innings on Wednesday in Jaycee Ballpark.
TIMBERWOLVES ELIMINATE PURPLE DRAGONS
Blue Valley Southwest turned a promising night for the Purple Dragons into a disappointing one by rallying back from a one-run deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning, before going on to take a 5-4 win in after 10 innings.
Trailing by one in the ninth inning with the season on the line, the Purple Dragons manufactured a run to tie the score at 4-all.
Elijah Harris drew a walk after a long battle at the plate to lead off the frame, and moved up into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt before coming into score on a single through the right side of the infield off the bat of Chase Curtis.
The Timberwolves regained the lead in the 10th inning, as a close play at the plate was called in the their favor to give them a one-run advantage, which ended up being the difference.
PURPLE DRAGONS SHUT DOWN GOLDEN BEARS
The Purple Dragons avoided an early exit from the tournament by working out of a jam in the final inning to grab a 4-3 win over Turner.
PHS starter Jake Webb allowed one hit through six four-run lead before the Golden Bears came through for three runs with two outs to send Matlock trotting out to the mound.
Webb handed the ball over to Alex Kafka, who recorded the final out to end the game with the lead in tact.
Pittsburg got off to a quick start, scoring one run apiece in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0.
The Purple Dragons hit the scoreboard in the opening frame on an RBI double off the left-field wall by Trent Austin, before Brett Weimers crossed the plate on a productive groundout in the second inning to increase the lead to 2-0.
PHS manufactured a third run in the following inning, as Dalton Gromer advanced to second on a groundout after being hit by a pitch, stole third base and crossed the plate on a defensive misucue.
The Purple Dragons added a much-needed insurance run in the sixth inning on the strength of a solo home run over the wall in left-center field off the bat of Harris.
Webb was awarded the win on the mound, notching nine strikeouts and three earned runs.
Harris and Austin each went 1-for-3 with an RBI apiece.
Tye Cicero had a multi-hit ballgame, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
PHS SOFTBALL FALLS TO BLUE VALLEY SOUTHWEST
The Timberwolves proved to be too much for Pittsburg, as they cut the Purple Dragons’ season short by handing them a 9-6 loss on Wednesday in the first round of the Regional Tournament.
PHS plated a pair of runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, but fell behind at 3-2 in the bottom half of the frame.
The Purple Dragons tied the game at 3-all in the third inning, but the Timberwolves regained the lead at 4-3 in their half of the frame, before extending it to 5-3 in the following inning.
The lead changed hands for a third time, after the Purple Dragons came through for three runs in the fifth inning to give them a one-run lead, but Blue Valley Southwest posted three runs in the bottom half of the frame and added one more insurance run in the sixth inning to secure the win.
Madison Vogel was the offensive catalyst, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Zoe Pinamonti also had a productive day at the plate, driving in two runs on one hit.
— Jordan Buckamneer is sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.