HAYS — In the Zone Tournament, the Great Bend Braves were shut down in Day 1 of the tournament in Hays.
Great Bend fell 8-4 against the Salina Hawks and was eliminated from the tournament by the Hays Eagles, 11-1.
The Braves turned four double plays in the two games, but were unable to overcome mistakes as they committed 12 errors on the day while stranding 16 base runners.
Great Bend finishes with a 10-9 record.
Salina Hawks 8,
Great Bend Braves 4
Peyton Mauler took the loss for the Braves, pitching five innings He gave up six runs (three earned) on five hits and six walks, while striking out three.
Bryce Kaiser came on in relief in the sixth, giving up two earned runs on no hits and four walks.
Great Bend led 2-0 after the second inning as a result of a Bryce Kaiser two-run double with which he drove Logan Perry and Brett Basye.
The Braves committed eight errors in the game, including six in the third inning that allowed the Hawks to score six runs.
The inning was highlighted for Salina with a two-run inside-the-park home run.
Salina added two more runs in the sixth.
The Braves answered with two runs in the seventh.
Great Bend stranded 10 base runners in the contest.
Konner Ireland was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Kaiser was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Brayden Smith was 2-for-3.
Hays Eagles 11,
Great Bend Braves 1
Hays was run-ruled by McPherson, 13-1, in their opening game, but came back to run-rule the Braves 11-1.
Bryce Lytle took the loss for Great Bend, pitching three innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks. He had three strikeouts.
Jacob Murray came in for the final three innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks. Murray recorded two strikeouts.
Hays scored one run in the first inning and five runs in the third before Great Bend plated their only run.
With the bases loaded and one out in the third, Brayden Smith hit into a fielder’s choice that plated Wyatt Rugan, who had also reached on a fielder’s choice.
Great Bend managed five hits with Mauler going 2-for-3.