FORT SCOTT – The Larned Indians scored the game-winning run on a seventh-inning error to rally for a 7-6 winners bracket final victory over Doniphan County Friday in the American Legion Class AA State Baseball Tournament.
Isiah Perez doubled, Johnathan Herter singled and Tyler Stelter was walked intentionally to load the bases. Perez was forced out at home on Alex Barger’s grounder to first baseman Luke Smith. Catcher Brody Winder returned the throw to Smith, who threw wildly to home and Herter scored the game-winner.
“The first baseman thought Jon Herter was going home,” said Larned coach Chad Erway. “Jon read the throw. That’s a heck of a way to win.”
Larned (17-11) advances into Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. first championship game. A second championship game would be played Sunday if Larned loses. Larned won Class AA state titles in 1990 and 2000.
Larned trailed 6-4, but rallied for a 6-6 tie with two runs in the sixth inning. Stelter and Barger singled and Stelter scored when Reid Greaser threw a bunt attempt by Carson Smith away. Gage Skelton’s infield single scored Carson Smith with two out.
Doniphan County led 2-0 when Brody Winder’s two-run single scored Nathan Gaarder and Wil Smith in the first inning. Larned scored three times in the first on four walks and two hit batters for a 3-2 lead.
Doniphan County led 6-3 in the second inning when Tucker Morris tripled home Reid Greaser, Gaarder and Wil Smith. Wil Smith’s single scored Hunter Idol.
Isiah Perez’s groundout scored Gage Skelton in the second inning for a 6-4 score.
Doniphan County pitcher Greaser and Larned reliever Gage Skelton kept the game scoreless until the sixth inning.
“We hope to keep our focus and play our game,” said Larned coach Chad Erway. “Any of those teams can come through the losers bracket. But you end up using a lot of pitchers.”
Perez earned the victory with a solid seventh inning.
“Isiah wants the baseball and that’s what you like,” Erway said. “Isiah kept them off balance after our first two pitchers.”
• RUSSELL 6, FORT SCOTT 3 – Russell scored six runs in the first three innings to eliminate Fort Scott. Chase Prester stole home and Austin Dale’s bases-loaded walk forced home Mason Beagley in the first. Tanner’s Rome’s grounder scored Prester and another run scored on a second-inning error. Colton Fritschen’s single scored Cole Schmidtberger and Austin Dale scored on a third-inning balk.
Fort Scott’s Carter Young doubled home Chase Brown and Young scored on a first-inning wild pitch. Kaleb DeLaTorre’s triple scored Chandler Defebaugh in the second inning.
Reliever Chase Brown kept Fort Scott close with three strikeouts with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and a tag of Colton Fritschen at home in the fifth.
• FORT SCOTT 11, MARYSVILLE 8 — Marysville gift-wrapped Fort Scott’s 10-run second-inning with four errors and three walks in an elimination game. Two runs scored on Tyler Gorman’s sacrifice bunt. Marcus Jamison delivered a two-run single and Jarrett Lyon followed with a two-run double.
Marysville led 6-0. Hunter Warnick tripled and drove in three runs. Adam Lindhorst doubled twice and drove in three runs.
• RUSSELL 11, GOODLAND 3 — Russell’s Chase Prester drove in two runs in a nine-run third inning and pitched the final inning for an 11-3 victory over Goodland Friday in an elimination game. Logan Braun worked four innings to earn the victory.
Braun, Tanner Rome, Brandon Ridgley, Austin Dale, Cooper Pfannenstiel and Prester also drove home runs in the third inning. Braun scored on a wild pitch and Prester scored on an error.
Braun and Mason Beagley drove in fifth-inning runs for a run-rule victory.
Goodland pulled off a fourth-inning triple play when shortstop Nolan Deeds snared a line drive by Cooper Pfannenstiel, tagged second base and threw to third baseman Brandt Mull for three outs.
Goodland’s Mull and Andy Wendell drove in fourth-inning runs.
LARNED 7, DONIPHAN COUNTY 6
DC 240 000 0 – 6 9 3
Larned 310 002 1 – 7 7 2
Wyatt Huss, Greaser (1) and Greaser, Winder (2). Evan Skelton, Gage Skelton (4), Perez (7) and Stelter. W—Perez. L—Greaser. 2B—L, Perez; DC, Morris.
FORT SCOTT 11, MARYSVILLE 8
Marysville 330 111 0 – 8 8 4
Fort Scott 0(10)0 010 x – 11 6 1
Latta, Roever (2), Maynard (5) and Becker. Defebaugh, DeLaTorre (3) and Houihan, Brown (3). W—DeLaTorre. L—Latta. 2B—M, Lindhorst 2, Stryker; FS, Engstrom, Lyon. 3B—M, Warnick.
RUSSELL 11, GOODLAND 3
Goodland 000 30 — 3 4 3
Russell 009 02 — 11 11 1
Seeger, Diaz (3), Ledesma (4) and Peter. Braun, Prester (5) and Schmidtberger. W—Braun. L—Seeger. 2B—R, Ridgley.
AA STATE TOURNAMENT
At Fort Scott (Dave Regan Stadium)
Wednesday’s Games--Goodland Outlaws 3, Iola Indians 2; Larned Indians 4, Marysville 3; Troy-Doniphan County 3, Russell 2; Fort Scott Indians 13, Colby Sluggers 5
Thursday’s Games--Marysville 16, Iola Indians 4; Russell 8, Colby Sluggers 0; Larned Indians 10, Goodland Outlaws 0; Troy-Doniphan County 5, Fort Scott Indians 3
Friday’s Games--Russell 11, Goodland 7; Fort Scott 11, Marysville 8; Larned 7, Doniphan County 6; Russell 6, Fort Scott 3
Game 13, 10 a.m.—Doniphan County 31-3 vs. Russell (17-9)
Game 14, 12:30 p.m.—Larned 16-11 vs. Game 13 Winner (first championship game)
Game 15, 10 a.m.—Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14 (if needed)