Varsity Kansas

Hillsboro, Douglass triumph in 3A baseball

MANHATTAN — Before recording the final out of an 11-0 victory in the Class 3A baseball tournament on Friday, Hillsboro pitcher Jacob Edwards wasn't thinking about the statement victory his team was about to achieve.

The senior pondered something much simpler. He wanted to keep his pitch count down.

Nothing helps that cause better than ending a game early because of run rules, so he was all smiles after finishing off a four-hit shutout in five innings over Wellsville.

"This is great," said Edwards, who threw fewer than 100 pitches. "It saves my arm a lot of strain, and gets me ready for maybe another game (today)."

The Trojans would welcome Edwards back to the mound, mostly because that would likely mean they reached the championship game. In order to do that, they must get past Thomas More Prep at 10 a.m. today. The Monarchs defeated Riley County 9-4 on Friday.

Edwards found success against Wellsville mainly with his fastball. Using few off-speed pitches, he struck out seven and stayed in control.

"He has been throwing really well here the last half of the year," Coach Doug Dick said of Edwards, "and he was great again today."

Hillsboro was pretty good on offense as well.

After losing in the first round of the 3A tournament a year ago, the Trojans jumped out to a big lead this time. Behind strong hitting from Jacob Fish, who cranked out two singles and a double, and Luke Moore and Ben Gardner, who each had doubles, Hillsboro recorded 10 hits and scored in all but one inning.

When they were done, the Trojans had won a big game that Dick called a "good confidence booster."

"Our kids can hit the ball," Dick said. "They showed that again today. These seniors are driven. There are four good seniors on this team who play with a purpose. They weren't going to be satisfied with just getting back to state. They wanted to take it a step further."

Hillsboro (17-7) 410 33 — 11 10 0 Wellsville (19-4) 000 00 — 0 4 4

W—Edwards. L—Pokorney.

Douglass 8, Doniphan County 1 — Douglass pulled off the upset of the tournament Friday by defeating previously unbeaten Doniphan County.

The Bulldogs (10-11) handed top-seeded Doniphan its first loss thanks in large part to pitcher Jake Lovendahl. Showing terrific command with his breaking ball while sprinkling in fastballs, the senior struck out 13 and allowed one run in six innings.

Senior Ajay Shenold worked a scoreless final inning to close out the win.

Douglass hit several Doniphan pitchers hard for 10 hits and racked up all of its runs in the first five innings. The Bulldogs were helped by four Doniphan errors, but with Lovendahl on the mound they didn't need much run support.

With the victory, Douglass advances to the semifinal round where it will take on Galena at 12:30 p.m. today.

Douglass (10-11) 003 050 0 — 8 10 0 Doniphan County (19-1) 000 100 0 — 1 3 4

W—Lovendahl. L—Paden.

TMP 9, Riley County 4

Riley County (15-9) 000 000 4 — 4 3 3 Thomas More Prep (21-3) 005 040 X — 9 9 0

W—Zimmerman. L—Hageman.

Galena 12, Neodesha 1

Neodesha (14-6) 010 00 — 1 4 3 Galena (19-4) 343 2X — 12 9 0

W—Martin. L—Scott.

Class 2-1A

Colgan 6, Moundridge 1

Moundridge (9-15) 010 000 0 — 1 3 2 Pittsburg Colgan (22-2) 000 006 0 — 6 3 3

W—Snow. L—Wedel. HR—Colgan, Saia.

Ellis 8, Sublette 0

Ellis (16-6) 002 100 4 — 8 9 1 Sublette (16-6) 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

W—J. Kinderknect. L—Stokes.

Ell-Saline 1, Jayhawk-Linn 0

Jayhawk-Linn (9-12) 000 000 0 — 0 6 3 Ell-Saline (22-2) 100 000 0 — 1 5 4

W—Easte. L—Hodges.

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