It might not have been the pitching matchup that most were expecting, but Topeka Hayden starter Cody Schmacher made the most of it.

It might not have been the pitching matchup that most were expecting, but Topeka Hayden starter Cody Schmacher made the most of it.
In the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state baseball tournament, the anticipated battled was going to be between Girard’s Tanner Poppe — a KU signee — and Hayden’s T.J. McGreevy — a Wichita State prospect.
However, Hayden coach Aaron Becker decided to go with Schmacher. Schmacher did what he needed to do, giving up just three hits while striking out eight over seven complete innings and helped his own cause with a lead-off home run in the first and a double and run scored in the fifth to lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 win over the Trojans Friday at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina.
“It was the same as last year when I threw the first game,” Schmacher said. “I like getting the first game.”
The decision to throw Schumacher — who will go to Johnson County next season — was not a difficult one for Becker.
“You have to give yourself an opportunity to win the tournament and you have to roll the dice,” Becker said. “Sometimes you look like a genius and sometimes you look like a goat.
“That was a decision we made early when we saw the bracket and it worked.”
Offensively, the Trojans were able to make early contact but did not generate their first hit until the fourth when Taylor Graham singled past Hayden second baseman Brad Girard into right field.
But, Graham was left stranded at first after Schmacher struck out the next two batters looking to end the threat.
“I think we had some very good at-bats but, we hit the ball right at them,” said Girard head coach Keith Matlock. “We let that kid [Schumacher] get into a rhythm.”
It was the home run by Schmacher that got the Wildcats’ bats working in the game.
“It is always good to get their first mark on the board,” Schmacher said. “It makes the other team play from behind.”
After settling in the second, the Trojans ran into trouble in the bottom of the third after Poppe gave up a lead-off single to Taylor Unrein.
After striking out Schumacher, Elliott Konrade drew a base-on-balls. With two outs, Wichita State signee T.J. McGreevy stung Girard with a three-run homer over the right-field fence to give Topeka Hayden a 4-0 lead after three innings.
Girard picked up their first hit of the game in the top of the fourth when Taylor Graham lined just past second baseman Brad Girard into right field.
Reid Murphy got the Trojans started in the top of the fifth with a lead-off double over the head of McGreevy in right field.
Again, however, Girard’s next three batters were retired, leaving Murphy stranded at second.
Schmacher came back in the bottom of the inning and cranked out a lead-off double over the head of center fielder Stanley Brown. A throwing error on Trojan second baseman Trey Scallions scored Eric Lynch — pinch-running for Schmacher — to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
Girard lined a two-out double into left-center field that brought home another run to extend Topeka Hayden’s lead to 6-0. Hayden continued to score when catcher Adam Smith belted an RBI triple to right field.
The Trojans had another shot in the fifth but left two base runners stranded — bringing their tally to 5 left on the base pads.
Poppe pitched five innings and struck out six while giving up six hits and seven runs.
“Other than two mistakes, he threw very well today,” Matlock said.
Murphy led the Trojans, offensively, going 2-for-3 with a double.

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Prep baseball
Class 4A state tournament
At Dean Evans Stadium (Salina)
Friday, May 29, 2009
Topeka Hayden 7, Girard 0
Girard    000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Hayden    103 030 X — 7 8 0
Tanner Poppe, Taylor Woods (6) and Devon Hudspeth. Cody Schumacher and Adam Smith. WP — Schmacher (1-0). LP — Poppe (0-1). E — Trey Scallions. LOB — Girard 6, Hayden 5. 2B — Reid Murphy; Schmacher, Brad Girard. 3B — Smith. HR — Schumacher, T.J. McGreevy. SB — Taylor Unrein 2, Elliott Konrade.