West Platte pitcher Logan Moose missed his entire junior season with a thumb injury. A year later, he's making the most of his return to the mound.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Moose fired a complete game to lead West Platte into the Missouri Class 2 state championship game with a 5-1 victory against Canton on Wednesday night. Trying for the first state title in school history, West Platte, 22-1, will face Hartville in the championship game at 1 p.m. today.
“You could tell he wanted to be the guy out there,” West Platte coach Ryan Ramey said. “I think sitting out was a good motivating factor to really savor his senior year.”
There's been a lot to enjoy. Moose improved to 8-1 with his 10-strikeout effort.
He pitched with the lead for the final six innings. Matt Heili led off the bottom of the first with a walk, and Moose followed with a single. Both runners scored.
After Canton scored its lone run in the top of the third, the Blue Jays responded with two in the bottom half of the inning on a double from catcher Jared Meyer.
“I really felt like our guys came out in a great state of mind,” Ramey said. “To put up two runs in the first was a great start.”
McKaulley Stephenson will start on the mound for West Platte today.
Santa Fe falls in Class 1 title game
Santa Fe's bid for back-to-back state championships fell apart with one careless inning.
After grabbing an early four-run lead, Santa Fe allowed eight Oran runners to cross the plate in the fifth inning. Oran made it stand for an 8-4 victory in the Class 1 championship game Wednesday afternoon.
Santa Fe first baseman Andrew Curry doubled home a pair of runs in the second inning, giving the Chiefs a quick 4-0 lead. The offensive highlights were gone, though, and soon thereafter the lead was, too.
Oran, 22-5, brought 12 runners to the plate in the fifth inning and scored eight of them, the final three after Santa Fe allowed a routine popup to drop in shallow left field.
Santa Fe starting pitcher Keaton Graf, 5-3, was handed the loss. He allowed only three hits in 4 2/3 innings but walked seven and plunked two batters.
Hitting out of the cleanup spot, Graf did some damage at the plate, collecting two hits. Shortstop Wyatt Wilkinson also had two hits and added a run.
Santa Fe was playing in the state tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons.