The night the lights went out in Baxter Springs.

The night the lights went out in Baxter Springs.

The lineups for the Frontenac and the Girard 11-12 All-Stars were introduced and at nearly 8:15 p.m. Saturday night, on verge of the first pitch, the lights went out. At 8:41 p.m., it was announced an Empire District lineman would be coming out to check on the problem and hopefully bring light back to the Baxter Springs Little League baseball field as soon as possible. The lights came back on at 8:51 p.m. with first pitch at 8:55 p.m.

The long ball played a major factor all week in the 11-12 division and it did again on Saturday night. With the bases loaded in the second inning, with Girard leading 2-1, Girard second baseman Camden McFarland found a Wes Jameson offering much to his liking and he drove it over the left field wall for a grand slam. This shot helped Girard stake a 7-1 lead after two innings.

Frontenac outfielder Peyton Brown hit a solo home run in the first. Jake Wilbert hit a RBI single in the third, plating Broc Ginavan, who led off the frame with a single.

Girard cleanup and No. 5 hitters Dakota Lopez and Ryan Hughes connected on back-to-back RBI hits in the third  — a RBI double by Lopez and a RBI single by Hughes. Girard took a 9-2 lead but stranded two runners on base in the third with chances to push its lead near double-digits.

Leading off the fifth, Brown knocked his second homer of the game, a solo shot to get it to 9-3. Then, a couple batters later, Wilbert hit another moonbeam to left and suddenly Frontenac trailed 9-4. Cal Evans made it back-to-back homers with a solo homer to right, Frontenac behind 9-5.

Brown later hit a third homer on the night and Frontenac tied up the game 10-10, forcing extra innings.

Girard now waits to play in the Midwest Regional Tournament in Indianapolis, representing Kansas.

Girard 9-10 All-Stars 10, Riverton 2:

The Girard 9-10 All-Stars forced another game for the state title on Monday, a third occasion for Girard and Riverton to play in Baxter Springs within a week. Girard will attempt to win its fourth straight game facing elimination.

Girard pitchers Caleb Muia, Taylor Bruning and Caden Lallemand combined on a two-hitter. Muia worked the first four full innings — he pitched to one batter in the fifth without recording an out — and threw 78 pitches, allowing one run on two hits. Bruning pitched the rest of the fifth and recorded the first two outs in the sixth.

Lallemand faced just one batter, striking out Lane Dunham to seal the deal.

Riverton fell apart in the bottom of the fifth and Girard took full advantage. Girard baserunner Evan Troike forced the issue on the bases, creating a throwing error and stealing third. Wesley Jahay and Davis Davenport each had 4-3 groundouts result in RBI. Girard scored seven runs on just one hit and five Riverton errors. However, that one hit turned out to be a two-run double from Bruning.

Girard committed no errors during a game when its opponent committed six.

During the first game of the tournament on Monday, Riverton won 8-7 as Girard could not quite overcome a 7-1 deficit. Despite giving up a six-run lead, Riverton scored the game-winning run and held Girard off in the bottom of the sixth for the thrilling win.

Kansas State Little League Tournament
Girard 11-12 All Stars 12, Frontenac 11 (7 innings)

Girard 9-10 All-Stars 10, Riverton 2
RIV 001 000 —   2  2 6
GIR 201 07X — 10 5 0
Bryce Johnson, Tucker Tash (4), Lexi Pliler (5) and Tash, Beau Gardner (4). Caleb Muia, Taylor Bruning (5), Caden Lallemand (6) and Evan Troike, Wesley Jahay (4). WP: Muia. LP: Johnson. 2B: Bruning, Heston Kavanaugh. SB: Jared Fry; Troike, Jahay. CS: Fry, Tash. HBP: Gabe Shireman. LOB: RIV 5, GIR 7.