KANSAS CITY, Kansas — An eighth-inning run was the difference, and the Eagles got back in the win column Thursday. A 7-6 extra-innings win over 4A opponent Piper High School ended a mini-losing streak for the Wellsville prep baseball team. WHS split at Piper in Kansas City, falling in the first game 13-9 and winning the nightcap in eight innings.
The Eagles rallied in Game 1. After falling behind 6-2, the offense put together a five-run top of the fourth. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the frame to tie it at 7-7. Wellsville scored two runs in the top of the sixth to re-take the lead, but Piper responded with six runs in the ensuing half-inning. The visiting team’s bats were kept silent in the top of the seventh.
WHS had to rally again in Game 2, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth after falling behind 4-2. The team added two more runs in the top of the sixth before the Pirates matched with two in the bottom of the frame.
Multiple players left the yard on the Eagle squad. Aaron Mosher, senior, was a one-man wrecking crew in Game 1. He homered twice, and drove in five of his team’s nine runs. Jackson Showalter and Zach Vance hit a dinger apiece in Game 2. Vance drove in two, and Showatler scored twice. Kobe Channel, sophomore, added a triple, a walk and a run scored. Wellsville’s defense did not commit and error in Game 2.
WHS pitchers struggled with walks in both games. Through 14 total innings, the team’s pitchers walked 13 batters while striking out five.
The split puts Wellsville’s record at 14-4 with one regular season doubleheader remaining. The Eagles play Tuesday at home against Prairie View (3-13). WHS hosts its 3A regional starting May 14 at Saddle Club Park, 320 Pendleton Ave., Wellsville. The team is second in the regional tournament standings behind undefeated Oskaloosa (17-0).
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — The Lady Eagles took a pair of tough losses to one of 4A’s premier teams Thursday. Piper High School swept the Wellsville prep softball team, both game’s scores ended 12-2. Piper is now 16-2 in 4A DI, comfortably atop its regional standings.
The losses drop Wellsville to 4-14 (1-10 in its last 11 games) with one regular season doubleheader remaining. The team plays Tuesday at home against Prairie View (4-12).
The Lady Pirates took early leads in both games — 6-0 after two innings in Game 1, and 9-0 after two in the nightcap — and never looked back.
Wellsville had some strong individual performances at the plate, including Julia Delgado, sophomore, launching a solo homerun in Game 1. Jaycee Fluderer, senior, was the only Eagle to notch a mulit-hit game, collecting two knocks, a double, and an RBI. Hannah Pemberton walked six and struck out two over 5 1/3 innings.
The Lady Eagles are set to play starting May 14 in the Council Grove regional with Council Grove (15-3), Mission Valley (13-5), Jayhawk-Linn (13-5), Osage City (11-5), West Franklin (5-11) and Central Heights (1-11).