PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Baseball Purple Dragons opened the 5A Regional Baseball Tournament with a 10-0 win against Schlagle/Washington before falling 7-1 in the championship round to Blue Valley Southwest.
Game One Pittsburg 10, Schlagle/Washington, 0
Alex Kafka’s no-hitter set the tone for the Purple Dragons in the opening game, striking out nine.
Pittsburg’s Jhalani Long opened the bottom of the first with a leadoff single. Tye Cicero pushed him to second on a two-out walk, but they were unable to bring him home in the frame.
The Purple Dragons scored on an error in the second, which was followed by Long’s RBI single to give Pittsburg a 2-0 lead.
Schlagle/Washington struggled defensively, allowing four runs in the third inning on an error and a wild pitch.
Trenton Austin slammed an RBI triple and Caden Bressler belted an RBI single in the fourth to add two runs to the lead. Pittsburg sealed the win in the fifth by scoring two runs on wild pitches.
Austin went 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBIs.
Game Two Blue Valley Southwest 7, Pittsburg 1
Although Blue Valley Southwest pulled away from the Purple Dragons in the middle innings, the game was evenly played in the early frames.
Pittsburg loaded the bases in the first inning, the first of two times the Purple Dragons would load the bases in the game without driving in a run.
Pittsburg held Blue Valley Southwest to one run in the first and second innings, catching a Southwest runner between third and home plate to end the second inning.
Pittsburg came close to tying the score in the third. Austin’s line drive found grass in the outfield, bringing home Chase Curtis. Ben Boekhout crossed third on the hit, but was called out on a close play at home plate to hold the score at 2-1.
Southwest added two runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth. Pittsburg threatened to cut the lead in the fifth frame, loading the bases before ultimately being unable to bring a run home.
Curtis led Pittsburg with two hits. Long, Austin, Bressler, Cicero, Dalton Gromer, Jerek Butcher all chipped in a hit each.
Pittsburg finished the season 16-6.