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.