Being able to take a roster of 11 seniors to the state tournament gave Blue Valley Southwest coach Rick Sabath had plenty of confidence going into the state tournament.
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Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, they ran into arguably the state’s best pitcher in Topeka Seaman’s Ryan Colombo.
Behind a complete game shutout from their ace, the Vikings won 5-0 and will face Shawnee Heights for the third time this season. The teams split their previous meetings.
Colombo, last year’s Class 5A pitcher of the year, allowed four hits and struck out seven through his complete game shutout.
“He was outstanding and threw three pitches for a strike,” Sabath said. “He really kept us off balance and he was able to throw his curveball and changeup for a strike. When you can do that at any level no matter if it’s high school, college or professional, you’re going to be effective.”
With only two runners reaching scoring position, offensive rhythm was hard to come by for the Timberwolves.
“We had some chances but I thought the whole key would be to get our leadoff guy on and we didn’t get that in any of the seven innings,” Sabath said. “That affected our ability to create some things. We knew we were going to have to manufacture runs and to not get the leadoff guy on, that made it difficult for us.”
Mill Valley 1, Maize South 0
In today’s game of baseball, most pitchers take at least 12 months to recover from Tommy John surgery.
Mill Valley’s Zachary Stinnett didn’t receive the message.
After aiding the Jaguars to the Class 5A State Tournament with a win in the regional championship, senior Stinnett stymied Maize South with seven shutout innings and limited the Mavericks to five hits in a complete game performance.
A second inning RBI single from Tyler Garrison would be all the support Stinnett needed.
“He stepped up today,” Mill Valley head coach Jeff Strickland said. “The kid’s been through a lot injury wise having torn his meniscus his junior year and also Tommy John surgery back in August. I couldn’t be prouder of him and he busted his rear end good things have happened for a good kid.”
De Soto 7, Pratt 0
De Soto’s Dylan Holden threw a no-hitter and was one throwing error away from a perfect game as the Wildcats advanced to play Iola in the semifinals.
Holden faced the minimum amount of batters — 21. The lone baserunner, who reached on an error in the sixth inning, was out when the next batter hit into a double play. Holden struck out six and walked none.
De Soto scored three runs on Pratt errors and one on a wild pitch. Brett Forshee was the losing pitcher for the Greenbacks.