WELLSVILLE — The Vikings got a big win, but couldn’t pull the upset in the regional semifinals. The 19-1 Oskaloosa Bears eliminated the Central Heights High School baseball team in Wednesday’s regional action 13-2 at Saddle Club Park, 320 Pendleton Ave., Wellsville.
Oskaloosa was the tournament’s top seed, and it was its first game after receiving a bye in the opening round.
Meanwhile, the Vikings grinded out a 3-2 win against Perry-Lecompton Tuesday to advance. Central Heights scored a run in the first inning, and the Kaws responded in the third with a run of their own. A two-RBI double by Seth Burroughs, senior, who drove in all three runs for the Vikings, made it 3-1 in the fourth. Perry-Lecompton got a run back in the sixth, and had two baserunners in the seventh, but could not rally.
Burroughs and fellow senior Kyler Brotherton accounted for all of the team’s offense, each tallying two hits apiece. Brotherton scored two runs to help his own cause out on the mound.
Central Heights finishes their season 10-12.
COUNCIL GROVE — The Lady Vikings prep softball team nearly pulled off the upset. Second-seeded Jayhawk-Linn squeaked by Central Heights in Monday’s 3A regional opener in Council Grove, 6-4.
Central Heights scored all four of its runs in the first three innings, including a two-run top of the second that gave the team a 3-1 lead. Jayhawk-Linn, however, rallied for two runs in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth in the eventual win.
Jasmine Clancy, senior, had the team’s only RBI while Abigail Brown, Charlize Robertson, Faith Midfelt and Riley Roll each scored a run apiece. Shelbi Hettinger had two hits to lead the team, marking the 100th and 101st hits of her career.
“The girls played well, but just couldn’t get those bats going or find that hole in their defense,” Lea Stegner, CHHS head softball coach, said. “Hannah Savage hit a hard line-drive that their second baseman had to reach to catch. They just need to keep swinging and the hits will come.”
Roll capped off her career on the mound by tossing six innings. She allowed three earned runs, struck out one and walked one. In her senior year, she walked just 10 batters and allowed two total home runs, Stegner noted.
Central Heights finishes its season 3-18.