After losing a heartbreaker in the first round of the Kansas AAA American Legion State baseball tournament, the Hays Eagles decided to go on a tear in their first game of the consolation bracket.

After losing a heartbreaker in the first round of the Kansas AAA American Legion State baseball tournament, the Hays Eagles decided to go on a tear in their first game of the consolation bracket.

The Eagles — with help from a seven-run third inning — blasted the Atchison Senior A’s 23-9 Thursday morning at JayCee Ballpark, eliminating Atchison from the tournament.

And it was Kelton Rule that provided a lot of the spark for Hays — including getting a pair of RBI doubles in the seventh.

For more on this story, see Friday's issue of The Morning Sun.

Kansas AAA American Legion State Tournament
at JayCee Ballpark
Thursday, July 30
Game one
Hays 23, Atchison 9
Hays          317 013 08— 23 25 2
Atchison    000 021 33 — 9  11 4
Travis Budke and Jay Sanders. Brett Norris, Matthew Hager (3), Charles Schneider (8) and Christopher Lund. WP — Budke (1-0). LP — Norris (0-1). E — Kelton Rule, Logan Downing; Chase Hager, Greg Denton, Schneider. LOB — Hays 11, Atchison 6. 2B — Matthew Malott, Rule 3, Downing Budke; Schneider, Matthew Hager, Christopher Funk. 3B — Malott, Rule; Brett Norris 2. HR — Downing; J. Legats