PARKVILLE, Mo. — The Great Bend Bombers 16-and-under baseball team finished 1-2-1 at the 30-team Kansas City Baseball Slugfest featuring teams from seven states. The Bombers (5-3-2) compete at the 18-and-under Wichita State Wood Bat State Championship starting Wednesday.
“I’m proud we held our own,” said Bombers coach Chris Umphres. “We played two of the top five teams during pool games. It’t luck of the draw on who you play. We got tested, and had chances to win all three pool games. Bombers coaches want to compete with the best teams. Ultimately, we got better.”
The No. 15 seeded Bombers lost 7-3 in pool play to Overland Park Prime National, which won the Slugfest championship. Nationally-ranked Prime National beat Plainfield, Ill. Go Pro 12-2, Paola Ironmen Baseball 11-0 and Columbia, Mo. Midland Nationals 14-9 to win the 16-and-under title.
“Prime National won the whole thing,” Umphres said. “That says a lot for our boys competing against a nationally known Prime team. It would’ve been nice to see them in the championship instead of pool play.”
BOMBERS 9, LOUISBURG OUTLAWS 0 — Bombers pitcher Koehn Ribordy threw four shutout innings in a 9-0 victory over the Louisburg Outlaws. Carson Umphres drove home three runs and scored twice.
Daxton Minton, who had two hits, scored on a wild pitch. Lane French scored on Owen Kaiser’s sacrifice fly. Umphres scored on Trenton Kern’s single.
Campbell Coleman tripled home Minton and scored on a passed ball. French singled home Hunter Herrman. Umphres tripled home Ribordy and French and scored on a poor throw for a 9-0 final.
BOMBERS 3, PARKVILLE, MO. PRODIGY 3 (TIE) — Pitcher Herrman was brilliant with a 5-strikeout, 112-pitch outing against the No. 5 seeded Prodigy Prospects. The game was called a tie after seven innings.
Kern delivered two hits. Minton singled home Kern and J.J. Grove scored on a Coleman’s groundout for a 2-0 lead.
Prodigy’s Cole Medsler singled home T.J. Parker. Kern scored on a fourth-inning passed ball for a 3-1 lead.
Prodigy forced a 3-3 tie when Tyson Kiser scored on a Jake Thomas single. Jacob Garcia scored on Parker’s squeeze bunt for a 3-3 tie.
OVERLAND PARK PRIME NATIONAL 7, BOMBERS 3 — After Friday’s rain delay, eventual champion Overland Park Prime broke open a tight game with a 4-run fifth inning. Kanoa Cobb and Micah Patterson each drove in two runs.
Umphres yielded one earned run on 42/3 innings and Daxton Minton permitted one earned run on 21/3 innings. The Bombers scored three sixth-inning runs. French doubled and scored on an Umphres groundout. Peyton Oelger scored on a J.J. Grove bases-loaded walk. Kern scored when Coleman was hit by a pitch.
LINCOLN (Neb.) CORNHUSKERS 10, BOMBERS 8 – Lincoln hammered out six doubles for a 9-3 lead before the Bombers rallied.
Grove led the Bombers with two hits. Herrman drove in three runs and Campbell Coleman drove home two runs. Owen Kaiser and Oelger drove home runs.
Louisburg Outlaws 000 00 – 0 2 0
GB Bombers 012 6x – 9 6 1
Toms, Peine (4) and Willey. Ribordy, Mohr (5) and Kaiser. W—Ribordy. L—Toms, 3B—GB—Coleman, Umphres.
Prodigy, KC, Mo. 001 020 0 – 3 7 1
GB Bombers 020 100 0 – 3 7 0
Holcomb, Madrid (4) and Medsler. Herrman and Kaiser. 2B—GB—Minto, Umphres.
Overland Park 100 041 1 – 7 10 1
GB Bombers 000 003 0 – 3 3 3
Solis, Myers (6), Cobb (7) and Lucht. Umphres, French (5) and Kaiser. W—Solis. L—Umphres. 2B—GB—French; OP—Patterson.
GB Bombers 030 500 – 8 8 2
Lincoln, Neb. 720 01x – 10 10 0
Coleman, Mohr (2), Oelger (5) and Kaiser. Stelling, Phillips (4) and Curtis. W—Stelling. L—Coleman. 2B—GB—Umphres; L—Seymour, Vernon, Vokoun, Bourges, Otto.
1ST–Overland Park Prime National 14, Columbia, Mo. Midland Nationals 9
SEMIFINALS–Prime National 10, Paola Ironmen Baseball 0; Midland Nationals 10, Tulsa, Okla. MMW 1
QUARTERFINALS–Prime National 12, Plainfield, Ill. Go Pro 2; Ironmen Baseball 3, Excelsior Springs, Mo. Lumberjacks 1; Midland Nationals 10, Jefferson City, Mo. Elite Athletics 2; Tulsa, Okla. 2, Parkville, Mo. Prodigy 0
PLAY-IN–Elite Athletics 4, Olathe Natural Baseball 2; Go Pro 8, Natural Baseball Olathe 0