OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN 1, KANSAS WESLEYAN 0 (10 innings)
No. 12 Oklahoma Wesleyan survived a brilliant pitching performance with a 10th-inning unearned run to outlast Kansas Wesleyan 1-0 in Friday's KCAC Baseball Tournament at the Great bend Sports Complex.
Underdog Kansas Wesleyan turned three double plays behind pitcher Jake Olofson (6-3), who threw 92/3 shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a spectacular two-hit, 126-pitch effort.
Dennis Ozuna scored the game-winning run when 3B Jeffrey Cochran mishandled a groundball hit by Colton Kelly after 10th-inning walks to Ozuna, Danny Perez and Rylee Peterson.
The Coyotes turned three double plays. Olofson benefited from a 6-4-3 fourth-inning double play by SS Craig Bettis and 2B Russell McClung. SS Bettis turned a 6-3 fifth-inning double play. 3B Jeff Cochran teamed with 2B McClung for a ninth-inning double play.
First-team All-KCAC Oklahoma Wesleyan P Michael Anderson yielded seven hits and struck out four batters in 10 shutout innings. Eagle C Rylee Peterson threw out a pair of Coyote baserunners.
Three-time KCAC champion Oklahoma Wesleyan (40-9) is the defending KCAC Tournament champion after beating York, Neb. 7-5 and 14-3 last year.
TABOR 5, STERLING 3
Tabor (37-16) edged Sterling 5-3 in Game 2. Tabor pitcher Hayden Wheeler worked eight innings.
Tabor led 2-0 on Will "The Thrill" Clark's two-run triple that scored Freddy Walker and Cameron Pope. Sterling's Wesley Galloway scored on a second-inning error and Matt McElroy scored on Armando Flores' sacrifice fly for a 2-2 tie.
Tabor scored three second-inning runs without an RBI. Dom Visentin scored on a wild pitch and Walker and Christian Stone scored on an error. Tabor SS Drake Girard and 2B Christian Stone turned a ninth-inning double play on Flores' groundball that saw Sterling's Galloway score.
YORK, NEB. 6, MCPHERSON 3
York's Ethan Lanz will always remember the first-round game after losing a home run when an appeal overturned his roundtripper. York's Luke Jackson's doubled home Lanz and Alec Venegas in the 11th inning. Vincent Valentine followed with a three-run homer for a 6-1 lead. Valentine also drilled an eighth-inning homer for a 1-1 tie.
McPherson's Kristopher Perez doubled home Dom Ramos in the third inning. McPherson's Trevor Johnson delivered an RBI and Mark Strebin and Joe Kraus scored 11th-inning runs. McPherson pitchers Mairion Brunken, Josh Lewis and Jarrod Manick split 10 innings. York's iron-man pitcher Matt Lindsley threw 161 pitches through 10 innings.
KCAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
GREAT BEND SPORTS COMPLEX
G1—Oklahoma Wesleyan 1, Kansas Wesleyan 0
G2—Tabor 5, Sterling 3
G3—York, Neb. 6, McPherson 3, 11 innings
G4—Kansas Wesleyan 8, Sterling 2
G5—Oklahoma Wesleyan 12, McPherson 0
G6—York 8, Tabor 5
G7—Oklahoma Wesleyan 15, York, Neb. 1
G8—Tabor 2, Kansas Wesleyan 1
G9—Tabor (38-17) vs. York, Neb. (28-20)
G10—1 p.m.—Oklahoma Wesleyan (42-9) vs. G9 winner
G11—4 p.m.—Winner game 10 vs. loser game 10 (if needed)