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The Chase County (Cottonwood Valley League) All-Stars kept their tournament dreams alive Friday afternoon, as they bounced Osage City from the Kansas Babe Ruth 15U State Tournament in Paola by a 16-10 count.

WLH0068 Osage City jumped on top in the game, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on two hits. Trent Fort and Dalton Swiftdale scored for Osage City. CVL came right back to score three runs on four hits in the home half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead, Mullins, Kelshelmer and Ledford all plated runs for CVL in the inning.

CVL allowed Osage City only one base runner in the next three innings, as they increased their lead to 10-2, scoring three runs on three hits in the second, two runs on one hit in the third and two runs on two hits in the fourth. Mullings, Kelshelmer, and Ledford all scored runs, along with Tanner Line, Garrett Swift, Trey Francka and Andrew Phiffs.

Osage City tightened the game in the top of the fifth inning scoring five runs on five hits to make the score 10-7, but CVL came right back and scored three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the fifth to stretch the lead to six at 13-7.

Osage City showed they were not going to bow out of the State Tournament without a fight as they added three more runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead back to three at 13-10. But CVL was not to be denied, matching the Osage City rally with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to bump the margin back to six at 16-10.

Osage City got their lead off hitter on base in the top of the seventh, but he was stranded at third as the game ended with CVL taking the contest by the 16-10 final count. CVL moves on to play Wellington on Saturday, August 1, Osage City was eliminated from the tournament.

CVL All-Stars bounce Osage City

Lakin downs Oz 12-3 to move on

Lakin bounced back from being no-hit on Thursday night and used a seven run outburst in the fourth inning to bounce the Osawatomie All Stars from the Kansas State Babe Ruth 15U State Tournament on Friday.

WLH0478 Lakin, whose bats were silenced in their 10-0 loss at the hands of host Paola, used a nine hit attack to pile up 12 runs in the victory. Osawatomie scored three runs on five hits in the secon and third innings to take a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the third, but Lakin struck for two runs on one hit to tie the score, and then broke the game open with the seven run, outburst in the fourth on just two hits.

Osawatomie failed to get a hit after the third until the top of the seventh inning, and were unable to score again in the game.

In their seven run fourth, Lakin sent 11 men to the plate, Gilbert Magallenes, Bryant Miller, Colby Hamel, Reno Armstrong, Kody Kinnnier, Garrett Sauer, and Shane Davidson all scored runs for Lakin in the inning.

Oz used four pitchers in the game, Kyle Rockers went four innings, Wade Davis worked two innings, Brice Wright pitched one and Derrick Kueser finished the game for Osawatomie. Jordan Rosales went the distance for Lakin.

Lakin advances to take on the Mid Kansas All Stars in the second game on Saturday, with Osawatomie being elimited from the tournament.

Indy comes back late on Mid-Kansas

The Mid-Kansas All Stars did just about everything right against Independence in the first winners bracket game of the afternoon on Friday in the Kansas Babe Ruth 15U State Tournament in Paola. Everything that is except finish the game, as Indy came back with a five run sixth inning to take a 10-8 victory.

WLH0757 Mid-Kansas was fired up on Friday, as they jumped on Indy pitching for four runs on only three hits in the first three innings, to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

Indy broke through against Mid-Kansas starter Jack Smallling in the home half of the third, scoring three runs, with T.J. Reed, Easton Julian and Dustin Oliver all crossing the plate to cut the lead to 4-3. Mid-Kansas came back in the top of the fourth to score three runs of their own and re-open a four run cushion at 7-3.

Indy cut the lead to two at 7-5 with runs from Reed and Logan Taylor, but Mid-Kansas answered with a single run in the top of the sixth to move the lead back to three at 8-5. In the bottom of the sixth, Indy finally got their offense on track, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five runs. Zach Snodgrass, Shane Moore, Dalton Shaffer, Dalton Coda and Easton Ballew all scored in the inning.

Mid-Kansas got a runner on base in the top of the seventh, but two strike outs and a ground out left him stranded at third base as the game ended. Indy advances to play host, Paola on Saturday, while Mid-Kansas drops to the consolation bracket to face Lakin.

Paola downs Wellington in 2nd round

The Paola All-Stars moved to with one game of playing for the State Championship as they downed Wellington 12-6 in the final game of the Friday Session of the Kansas State Babe Ruth 15U Tournament in Paola.

WLH02891 Wellington took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Paola came back to tie the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second on a run scored by Jeremiah Daniels. Wellington scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to grab a 3-1 lead, but Paola grabbed the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.

Paola broke the game open in the sixth, sending 12 men to the plate, scoring eight times to take a 12-3 lead. Seth Kern, Austin Dent, Tanner Staats, Matt Haefele, Jeremiah Daniels, Austin Ohlmeier, and James Young all scored runs for Paola in the inning. Wellington scored three runs in the top of the next inning, to give the final margin.

Paola advances to the semi-final game today against Independence, while Wellington drops to the consolation bracket of the tournament to take on CVL in the first game of the day on Saturday.

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