GREAT BEND — The St. Mary’s-Colgan Panthers pounced early against first seed Elkhart High School, scoring eight runs in the top of the first inning to lead them to a 12-6 upset win in the opening round of the Class 2-1A State Baseball Tournament on Thursday in Great Bend.
Matthew Lomshek’s double to the center field wall sparked the Panthers in the first inning. Bryce Hutchins drew a walk and Cade Simmons loaded the bases on a bunt.
Lomshek and Hutchins scored on a Elkhart error to put Colgan on the board.
Derek VanBecelaere continued the momentum with an RBI single. Elkhart walked five Panther batters in the first frame, leading to two consecutive scores to give Colgan a 5-0 advantage.
A fielding error by the Elkhart outfield brought home Luke Orender and Janko Kalan. Hutchins’ sacrifice fly scored Gianni Piccini to push the lead to 8-0 after a half inning of play.
Elkhart would score six runs in the middle frames to cut into the deficit, however the lead was to much to overcome. Colgan added one run in the fourth and sixth frames and two runs in the seventh to coast to the win.
The eighth-seeded Panthers beat Elkhart in all phases of the game, winning the hitting battle 11-7 while committing only two errors on the defensive end.
Hutchins and VanBecelaere led the charge on offense, finishing with two hits, along with two RBIs and two runs each. Simmons went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Parker Wydick and Caleb Hamilton also chipped in a hit each.
Lomshek got the win on the mound, although Colgan used four different pitchers in the game. Wydick, Simmons, Lomshek and Logan Lindsey finished with nine strikeouts as a unit.
St. Mary’s-Colgan will compete against the five-seeded Brookville-Ell-Saline at 11 a.m. on Friday. Brookville topped Prairie Village-Kansas City Christian 2-1 on Thursday.