Nate Arnold allowed just one run on two hits over six innings of work as the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers defeated Chase County 11-1 at Soden’s Grove Baseball Field on Friday.

Nate Arnold allowed just one run on two hits over six innings of work as the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers defeated Chase County 11-1 at Soden’s Grove Baseball Field on Friday.
Arnold struck out 10 and pitched five scoreless innings after allowing just one in the first inning. Jesse Watt went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double while Stuart Jeck went 2-for-3 with a  home run and a triple. The win puts Colgan in today’s semi-finals and pushes the Panthers towards their ultimate goal of a sixth consecutive Class 2A title. Colgan will play Humboldt (16-4) at 12:30 in the semi-finals. The Cubs defeated the Sedan Blue Devils 14-4 in five innings later that night.  
After the Bulldogs scored on a wild pitch, the Panthers responded as soon as possible.  Literally. Jeck, the lead-off batter, crushed the first pitch he saw 375 feet to right-center and over the 12-foot fence to tie the game. The Panthers would go on to score two more in the first when Jesse Watt hit an RBI double to right and Dylan Mjelde picked up an RBI after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
“It seems like every time I come up here, the first inning is always harder than what I want it to be,” Arnold said. “But we came back on offense and the guys did a real good job of getting me a few runs and taking away the jitters.”
 The lead help Arnold relax and he rewarded the offensive effort by striking out the side in the second and limiting Chase County to just three more base runners throughout the rest of the game. The Bulldogs managed just one runner in the third and two in the sixth.
Bulldog pitcher Shawn Talkington did what he could to silence the Colgan offense. He limited the Panthers to just one more hit over the next four innings before the bottom half of the Colgan bats started catching up with him in the sixth.
“We got what we expected (from Talkington),” said Colgan head coach Mike Watt. “I knew coming in that he was a really good pitcher and that we were going to be in a dogfight. He threw great, he just ran out of gas.”
Batters five through nine — responsible for six of Talkington’s eight strikeouts — drove-in two runs off two singles and then another from a sacrifice fly. Watt hit a three-run home run to right Arnold followed with a triple and Nick Whetzell drove him in to end the game.
“He lost a lot off his fastball in the later innings and we were catching up with him,” Watt said. “I think Talkington threw as well against us as anybody has all year. He’s probably one of, if not the best pitcher we’ve seen all year. He pitched well.”
A win over Humboldt today would place Colgan in the 2A championship game at 5:30 p.m. against the  winner between Moscow (24-0) and Salina-Sacred Heart (20-4). A loss to Humboldt would place in the Panthers in the third-place game at 3 p.m. against the loser between Moscow and Sacred Heart.

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Class 2-1A
KSHSAA tournament at Emporia
Colgan 11, Chase County 1, 6 innings
Chase County    100 000 — 125
Colgan    300 017 — 11 11 4
Shawn Talkington, Brandon Line (6) and Greg Davis. Nate Arnold and Nick Whetzel. WP — Arnold. LP — Talkington. LOB — Chase County 3. Colgan — 1. 2B — Jesse Watt. 3B — Stuart Jeck, Arnold. HR — S. Jeck, Watt.