Through the years, different Wellsville teams have roared through the postseason after a rough regular season.
Another chapter was written Tuesday by the Eagle baseball team.
Wellsville, which had a losing record in the regular season, took on two of the state’s heavyweights in the regional semifinals and finals. Central Heights and Council Grove had a combined 35-1 mark heading into Tuesday’s games.
The Eagles dispatched second-ranked Central Heights, 12-7. Wellsville then defeated No. 1 Council Grove, 8-4, in the title game.
It is the fourth straight state appearance by the Eagles (11-9), who finished as state runner-up in 2012.
The 3A state tourney is May 23-24 in Manhattan. State pairings will be released later this week.
Wellsville’s bats came alive in the regional. The Eagles had 15 hits, including eight extra base hits, in the win over Central Heights.
Kearney had three RBIs and Michael Huffman, two RBIs.
Luke Meyer pitched 5 1/3 innings and had six strikeouts. Kearney went 1 2/3 innings for the save.
Central Heights (17-2) got off to a slow start and never caught up. Wellsville scored five runs in the first inning.
“We came out flat and Wellsville did not,” Central Heights coach Jason Brown said. “They hit the ball well. We struggled with pitching and defense, which were our two strong points most of the year. It hurt us. Our four seniors Drew Beckwith, Jordan Smith, Adam Pryor and Trever Burkdoll had a great year and they were a huge part to our success.”
Eagles’ Jerod Klamm tossed all seven innings in the win over Council Grove.
Wellsville advanced to Tuesday’s action with a 6-2 win Monday over West Franklin.
Kearney tossed a one-hitter and battled after the defense committed four errors in the first inning that led to both West Franklin errors.
Third baseman Cameron Lyon had a key hit in the fifth inning to plate two runs.