BY JIM MISUNAS
SALINA – After playing flawless defense for five innings, the Great Bend Chiefs collapsed defensively with four errors at the Salina Grand Slam baseball tournament.
The Salina Falcons scored two unearned runs behind four consecutive errors for a hard-fought 6-4 quarterfinal victory Saturday. Chiefs pitcher Colin Hall recorded two seventh-inning outs, but Sheldon Perez, Jason Duong and Brogen Richardson reached base on consecutive errors to score two seventh-inning runs.
The Chiefs (16-11) lost three of four games at the Salina Tournament. The Falcons and Chiefs will both compete in the Great Bend AAA zone tournament.
Hill drove home Alex Schremmer and Joey Soupiset singled home Townshend Kurth for a 2-0 first-inning lead. Salina’s Jonas Baughman doubled home Jovan Suarez in the second inning for a 2-1 score. Schremmer scored on a third-inning double play for a 3-1 lead. Salina’s Cason Long doubled home Sheldon Perez for a 3-2 score after three innings.
Salina’s Long and Suarez delivered RBI fifth-inning hits for a 4-3 lead. Riley Smith’s two-out single scored Hall in the sixth inning for a 4-4 tie off reliever Brogen Richardson.
GB Chiefs 201 001 0 – 4 7 4
Salina Falcons 011 022 x – 6 8 1
Hall, Schremmer (6) and Carson Smith. Weiser, Richardson (4) and Baughman. W—Richardson. L—Hall, 3-2. 2B—GB—Hall, Schremmer; S—Baughman, Long, Richardson.
SALINA GRAND SLAM 19 AND UNDER
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP—Millard (Neb.) North 7, Topeka Scrappers 4
SUNDAY'S SEMIFINALS—Millard North 13, Salina Falcons 5; Topeka Scrappers 1, Capital Mudcats 0
SATURDAY'S QUARTERFINALS—Salina Falcons 6, Great Bend Chiefs 4; Topeka Scrappers 15, McPherson 0
7TH PLACE—Columbus Blues 13, Topeka Senators 2
Mudcats (2-1); 2—Salina Falcons (2-1); 3—Topeka Scrappers (1-2); 4—Columbus
POOL B—1—Millard (Neb.) North (3-0); 2—McPherson (2-1); 3—Great Bend Chiefs (1-2); 4—Topeka Senators (0-3)
SATURDAY'S POOL PLAY—Great Bend Chiefs 10, Topeka Senators 4; Columbus 13, Capital Mudcats 7; Millard North 15, Great Bend Chiefs 0
FRIDAY'S POOL PLAY—McPherson 10,
Great Bend Chiefs 9; Topeka Scrappers 5, Columbus 4; Capital Mudcats 8, Salina
Falcons 6; Salina Falcons 5, Topeka Scrappers 3; Millard North 23, McPherson
THURSDAY'S POOL PLAY—Capital 8, Topeka Scrappers 2; McPherson 13, Topeka Senators 11; Salina Falcons 1, Columbus 0; Millard North 15, Topeka Senators 0