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Ottawa opens 14-3 over Parsons

The Ottawa All Stars opened play in the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Osawatomie on Friday with a convincing 14-3 victory over Parsons.

WLH0220 The two teams played tough in the first innings, as Ottawa punched across three runs in the top of the first, but Parsons was equal to the task, scoring two in the bottom of the inning to keep things interesting. Ottawa keep the offense going in the top of the second, as Taylor Graf reached base and scored to make the score 4-2. Parsons once again drew to within one run as they scored in the bottom half of the second to make the game 4-3, but that would be as close as they would come.

Ottawa blew the game open in the top of the fourth inning, sending 13 batters to the plate, and scoring nine runs on three hits and two errors to push the lead to 13-3. Ottawa added a final run in the top half of the fifth inning to make the score 14-3. Parsons was retired in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings, with no hits and five strike outs during that time.

The victory moved Ottawa on in the winners bracket to face the American Sluggers from Salina on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped Parsons to the consolation bracket where they will take on Chanute, also on Saturday afternoon.

Salina Sluggers blast Chanute 15-4

The Salina American Sluggers wasted little time in dispatching the Chanute All Stars in opening round action at the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament at Osawatomie on Friday afternoon.

WLH0153 The Sluggers scorred three runs in each of the first two innings to take a comfortable 6-1 lead, and were never really challenged in the game. Keenan Breen, Clay Commerford adn Mat Kuffer all plated runs in the first, while Breen and Commerford along with Ethan Casey scored in the second.

Chanute's lone run early in the game came in the first when lead-off man Keith Marquardt reached safely and came around to score. Chanute would go scoreless until the third when Marquardt would score again to cut the Salina lead to 6-2.

From the fourth inning on it was all Salina, as the Sluggers plated two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and six in the sixth to break the game open. Chanute scored single runs in the fifth by Danny Yarnell and a single run by Christian Wiltse in the sixth to close out the scoring on the day.

The loss dropped Chanunte to the consolation bracket and a game against Parsons, the win moved the Sluggers on in the winners side of the bracket and a game against Ottawa. Both games will be Saturday evening.

Wellington walks past Mustangs 10-9

When one talkes in baseball terms, a "walk-off" victory means the home team has scored a run in the bottom of the last inning to win the game. The Wellington All-Stars had a literal walk-off win in opening round play of the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Osawatomie of Friday. Wellington scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a bases loaded walk, coming on a 3-2 count with two outs to take the victory over the Salina Mustangs.

WLH0329 This all came after Salina had scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9, but could not hold Wellington off for the win. Wellington opened the game by getting two of their first to batters on the base paths, scoring both to take a 2-0 lead. Salina as retired in order in the first on three infield ground balls, and in the second on two strike outs and an infield grounder.

Salina got their offense on track in the third inning, scoring four times to take a 4-2 lead and Wellington answered with a single run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 4-3. Salina scored one run in the fourth to open a 5-3 lead, but in the bottom half of the inning, Wellington sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs and opening an 8-5 lead.

Salina continued to chip away at the lead, scoring a single run in the fifth and three in the sixth around a single run in the fifth by Wellington to leave the score tied at 9-9 going into the seventh inning.

The win moves Wellington to a winners bracket game against host Osawatomie on Saturday evening, the loss drops Salina into the consolation bracket for a game against the Southwest All-Stars from Ulysses also on Saturday.

Oz take 8-3 opener over Southwest

The Osawatomie All-Stars used a five run fifth inning to roll to an 8-3 opening round victory over the Southwest All-Stars from Ulysses in the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Osawatomie on Friday night.

The host team was a little sluggish to start the tourney, scoring single runs in the first and third innings, sandwiched around a three run second by Southwest, an at the end of three innings of play, Southwest held a slim 3-2 lead.

WLH0316 Southwest went in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings, on three strike outs, five ground outs and and a fly ball out. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Oz All Stars got their offense going, sending eight to the plate and scoring five runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter. When the dust had settled, Oz had broken the game open and held at 7-3 lead.

Southwest got two base runners in the sixth inning, on the strength of a double and a walk, but three strike outs ended the inning with two stranded runners. Osawatomie scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 8-3, and then retired Southwest in order in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.

The win moves Osawatomie to the winners bracket semi-finals agains Wellington, and with the loss, Southwest drops to the consolation bracket for a game against the Salina Mustangs. Both games will be played Saturday.

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