The Independence All-Stars left little to chance in the Championship Game of the the Kansas State 15U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Paola on Sunday afternoon. After coming from behind in their previous two games, including a 10-8 win over the Mid-Kansas All Stars and a wild 19-17 slug fest over host Paola, Independence jumped all over Lakin pitching, scoring nine runs in the first inning and cruising to a 15-1 five inning triumph.
T.J. Reed got the title game started leading off and becoming the first of four batters to reach base safely. Reed, along with Easton Julian, Dustin Oliver and Zach Snodgrass all reached safely and scored the games first four runs. Dalton Schaffer, Nick Long, Logan Taylor and Dalton Coda all reached safely and all scored runs to make the score 8-0, and finally for good measure, Reed scored his second run of the inning and by the time the dust had cleared, Indy sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs and gathering five hits.
Lakin answered with one run in the bottom of the first on one hit, they would add two more hits in the second, but were unable to score again. Indy added a single run in the second, and four more in the third to open a 14-1 lead. Easton Ballew scored the final run of the game for Indy in the top of the fifth to open up the 15-1 lead.
On the mound, Dustin Oliver went the distance for Indy giving up one run on three hits. Jordan Rosales started the game for Lakin, and lasted just on third of an inning before giving way to Colby Hammel. Reno Armstrong finished the game on the mound for Lakin.
Indy downs Lakin for tourney title
Lakin gets revenge on Paola, holds on for wild 8-7 victory
The Lakin All Stars were the victim of a no-hit shut out at the hands of the Paola Panthers in Thursday's opening round of the Kansas State 15U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament, but when the game really counted, Lakin was able to hang on for a wildly entertaining 8-7 win over the Panthers in the consloation bracket final on Sunday afternoon in Paola.
The teams battled to a 3-3 tie after four innings, before Lakin struck for two runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the top of the seventh to open what looked like a safe 8-3 lead with just three outs to go for Paola.
But the Panthers were not going to go quickly, as they mounted a furious rally that fell just short. The Panthers had been retired in order for the previous three inning and had only one base runner since the second, but Seth Kern opened the inning with a hit, which lead to six consecutive Panther batters reaching base, and four scoring to slice the once comfortable 8-3 lead to a razor thing 8-7 deficit.
But Lakin was not to be denied, and even though Kern, batting for the second time in the inning, was able to work the count full at 3-2, he was unable to produce the game tying or winning RBI, as he struck out swinging to end the game.