SALINA, Kan. — De Soto fell in the third-place game to Towanda Circle 11-9 in the Kansas 4A baseball tournament on Friday.
By TONY ADAME
The Wichita Eagle
Circle was able to bounce back from the victory after losing to Topeka Hayden 9-0 in the semifinals when Hayden’s Brogan Heinen threw a perfect game against Circle.
De Soto’s mistakes in the third-place game proved costly, as Circle scored six runs on five Wildcat errors.
De Soto was able to cause some damage with the bats, though, as the Wildcats put together 14 hits for the 9 runs. DeSoto second baseman Dylan Holden went three for five with 3 RBIs, and Brenton Michalek and Noah Cardiff both had two RBIs for the Wildcats.
Isaac Lueth took the loss for De Soto, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up four hits, six earned runs and walking six.
De Soto finished the season with a record 16-6. Circle, on the other hand, finished with a victory.
“We didn’t want to go home empty-handed, we wanted to end on a win,” Circle coach Cameron Sell said.
Mill Valley fourth in 5A
Having qualified for state in three of the last four seasons and not placed in any of those trips, Mill Valley looked to create a new trend for its program on Friday in Wichita.
Two costly errors in the opening inning of their semifinals game against returning state champion Bishop Carroll put the Jaguars behind the curve from the beginning of the day, as Mill Valley fell 5-4 to Bishop Carroll
And the Jaguars were not able to bounce back in the third-place game, falling to Shawnee Heights 3-0.
“Some miscues defensively cost us,” Mill Valley coach Jeff Strickland said. “We had a senior on the bump (against Bishop Carroll) in John Hatch, and he did a great job. A couple plays here and there defensively cost us in both games, and it was the difference.”
In the semifinal against Bishop Carroll, Ryan Garrison and his two-for four performance at the plate paced Mill Valley offensively. But in the consolation game, Mill Valley was shutdown by Shawnee Heights’ Will Edwards and his complete game shutout.