PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Purple Dragons swept through their 5A Regional Tournament on Tuesday, clinching their berth to the 5A State Tournament.
“It's been a long time coming,” said Pittsburg Head Coach Keith Matlock. “We’ve come so close the last three seasons. I’m happy for every kid that has been through the program and I’m ecstatic for this group of kids. They love playing together, and it's great to see the enjoyment they get from playing baseball.”
“I might not get much sleep the next few nights, but it's a great feeling.” added Matlock.
The Purple Dragons defeated Kansas City Washington 14-0 in the opener, and captured the regional trophy after a 8-3 win over De Soto.
Dylan White was the catalyst of the Pittsburg offense in the first round, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs from the lead-off spot.
“It’s a great feeling,” said White. “The past two years we made it to the championship game and couldn’t pull it out, so to go out there and get this win feels awesome.”
“After making it to the final game a few times and not taking home the plaque, this game feels extra special.” said Bentley Boekhout.
“We appreciate the fans that have come out and supported us throughout the season.” added Boekhout.
Purple Dragon Zack Sutton also belted three hits in game one, as Pittsburg overmatched visiting KC-Washington.
Trenton Austin pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing a lone hit and striking out seven.
In the nightcap versus De Soto, Pittsburg pounced early.
Pittsburg claimed a 2-0 lead after one inning, on sacrifice groundouts from Caden Bressler and Austin.
After De Soto cut the lead by one in the third, Pittsburg struck again in their half of the frame.
Bressler and Austin came up big once again, this time with consecutive RBI-doubles to add some breathing room to the scoreline.
Boekhout added to the lead in the fifth on a two-run RBI-double. Brett Weimer notched a RBI-triple in the next at-bat to further extend the lead.
Bressler earned the win, pitching five innings and striking out five. Dylan White closed out the win, pitching the final two innings.