High School Sports

Hillsboro rebounds for third place in 3A baseball

MANHATTAN — Throughout the Class 3A baseball tournament, offense came easy to Hillsboro.

The Trojans scored 39 runs in three games, and if not for one disastrous inning against Thomas More Prep in the semifinal round, they would have played for a championship Saturday instead of heading home with a third-place trophy.

So even though coach Doug Dick and most of his players were pleased with the way things turned out, there was no ignoring the regret that lingered in their minds.

"This feels good, but, doggone it, I still feel we were good enough to play in this (state title) game," Dick said. "We just didn't make a couple of plays where we needed to."

Hillsboro's main shortcoming was its inability to throw strikes in the second inning of a 22-18 loss against Thomas More Prep. Heading into the bottom of the frame, the Trojans led 11-1 and felt in control. But everything changed.

The Monarchs started drawing walks left and right and scored 12 runs before Hillsboro could get out of the inning. That offensive surge gave TMP the confidence to take some chances and score nine more runs and pull away.

"We just lost our composure and gave up way too many walks," said senior Tyler Ediger. "We had more than 10 in two innings. It was devastating. You give up eight hits in a game and you lose 22-18. That shouldn't happen."

The Trojans were disappointed following the loss, but they managed to keep their spirits — and bats — going against Douglass in the third-place game.

Behind another strong game at the plate, Hillsboro closed out its season with a 10-0 victory that lasted five innings. The Trojans piled up 11 hits, highlighted by a home run from Ediger and two doubles from Luke Moore, and pitcher Dylan Delk held the Bulldogs to three hits and no runs.

Douglass, which lost a high-scoring semifinal game to Galena 14-9, couldn't get anything going. A day after upsetting top-seeded Doniphan County with a marvelous defensive effort, it finished the season with a 10-12 record. It didn't have enough offense to keep up with Hillsboro.

"Anytime you run-rule two teams in the state tournament, that tells you you're hitting the ball," Dick said. "And these guys hit the ball. Ever since the first third of the season, we just started hitting the ball and from then on we've had a good season."

Hillsboro 10, Douglass 0

Third Place

Douglass (9-13) 000 00 — 0 3 3 Hillsboro (17-8) 111 43 — 10 11 0

W—Delk. L—Foland.

Galena 10, TMP 0

Championship

Galena (21-4) 200 043 1 — 10 12 1 Thomas More Prep (22-4) 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

W—Albright. L—Werth.

Galena 14, Douglass 9

Semifinal

Douglass100 512 0 — 9 5 2 Galena261 311 x — 14 13 1

W—Gougler. L—McBeth.

TMP 22, Hillsboro 18

Semifinal

Hillsboro832 023 0 — 18 13 2 Thomas More Prep1(12)4 023 x — 22 8 5

W—Hammeke. L—Delk.

Class 2-1A

Pitt. Colgan 12, Valley Falls 5

Championship

Valley Falls 200 00 — 2 3 3 Pittsburg Colgan371 1x — 12 11 1

W—Watt. L—C. Lederer.

Ell-Saline 9, Ellis 8

Third Place

Ellis (16-8) 100 130 1— 8 6 1 Ell-Saline (23-3) 112 203 x — 9 12 1

W—Schneider. L—D. Kinderknect.

Pitt. Colgan 13, Ellis 0

Semifinals

Ellis000 00— 0 2 3 Pittsburg Colgan034 06— 13 10 1

W—Arnold. L—Pfeifer.

Valley Falls 4, Ell-Saline 2

Semifinal

Valley Falls020 101 0 — 4 6 3 Ell-Saline000 200 0 — 2 4 3

W—Streeter. L—Sprinkle.

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