As if the excitement of advancing to the state semifinals was not enough for the Blue Valley baseball team, the Tigers got to upset their cross-town rival, Blue Valley West, in the process.
Blue Valley tied the score in the seventh inning on an RBI single and scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in defeating the defending Class 6A state champions 3-2 on Thursday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Blue Valley will face Wichita Northwest at 11 a.m. Friday in the semifinals.
“We know how good Blue Valley West is and we knew it was going to be a nip and tuck thing from first out to last, and that is kind of how it played out,” Tigers coach Tony Scardino said. “It was their No. 1 against our No. 1, and we felt like against them we would have to play pretty perfect. We didn’t do that, but we did pretty well.”
Daniel Reilly gave Blue Valley West an early lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning, but Blue Valley answered in the fifth when Daniel Wells scored on an error. The Jaguars scored again in the sixth with a sacrifice fly.
Tristan Perkins led off the seventh inning with a double and Ryan Brady moved him over with an infield groundout before Wells knocked Perkins in with asingle. Brandon Lee hit a double to deep right field and advanced to third on the throw before Wells was gunned down at home. Lee scored the winning run on the passed ball.
Ryan Cyr got the win after holding the Jaguars to two runs on eight hits in seven innings.
Maize 8, SM East 2
Maize scored four runs in the fifth inning and four more runs in the sixth inning en route to a victory over Shawnee Mission East in the 6A baseball quarterfinals.
The Lancers scored first, off a Max Sanborn RBI single, but that was the last time they led.
Starting pitcher Joey Wentz allowed four runs (three earned) but gave up just three hits. He also struck out five in 4 1/3 innings. SME finished the season 17-6.
| Matthew Browning, Special to The Star