Wellsville outscored its regional opponents 38-6 en route to a state berth. Four wins in a row and Eagle baseball is looking sharp heading into the 3A state tournament.
First up will be Cheney (19-4), which is on a five-game win streak of its own. The Cardinals outscored their regional opponents 23-7, including a 6-3 win over Haven in the regional championship Wednesday. The game is the 4-5 matchup in 3A state will Wellsville taking the five seed. First pitch is set for 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Soden’s Grove in Emporia with the winner advancing to take on either top-seeded Rock Creek (20-3) or eighth-seeded Burlington (7-12).
The Eagles dominated their regional tournament, beating Royal Valley 15-3 at home Monday, followed by a 10-0 shutout of Santa Fe Trail in the semifinals and 13-3 shellacking of Jefferson West in the title game. Both the semifinals and the finals were played at T-Bones Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Jeff Ebeck, Tanner Shalkoski and Dawson Reeve combined to toss the five-hit, five-inning shutout against SFT. Ebeck went 3.1 innings, Shalkoski 0.2 inning and Reeve one inning, each striking out a pair of batters and walking none. Luke Richards collected three RBIs on three hits in that same game.
3A STATE BASEBALL SCHEDULE
11 a.m. (1) Rock Creek (20-3) vs. (8) Burlington (7-12)
1:15 p.m. (4) Cheney (19-4) vs. (5) Wellsville (17-4)
3:30 p.m. (2) Minneapolis (19-3) vs. (7) Hugoton (14-8)
5:45 p.m. (3) Sabetha (18-3) vs. (6) Baxter Springs (17-5)
11 a.m. Semifinal Game 1
1:15 p.m. Semifinal Game 2
3:30 p.m. Third-place game
5:45 p.m. Championship game
BURLINGTON — After claiming the second seed in its 3A regional, Falcon baseball season came to a hault Wednesday when the team ran into a surging Burlington squad. The host of the regional tournament won three straight games, including a 20-1 blowout of West Franklin, to earn a spot at state. Burlington was 4-12 and the sixth seed coming into regionals.
The Falcons got past Erie 5-4 in the opening round Monday to advance to the semifinals. Against Burlington, West Franklin managed just one run in the top of the fourth off three hits. By that time, Burlington had already grabbed a 7-0 lead by scoring two runs in the first, three in the second and two more in the third. The team erupted for 13 runs in the fourth to end the contest.
West Franklin ends the season with a winning 12-6 record.