MANHATTAN — No. 1 seed Humboldt escaped a first-inning jam and escaped with a hard-fought 4-1 victory over Hoisington/Central Plains in the 4A state baseball tournament.
The Cardinals had Humboldt ace Trey Sommer (12-0) on the ropes with two walks and a single. Tony Moore scored on a passed ball. But Humboldt catcher Jacob Harrington threw out Lane French on an attempted steal.
The Cubs scored twice on Trey Sommer's first-inning homer after Sam Hull reached on an error. Mason Sterling's single scored Blake Ellis and Colden Cook after the Cubs had two batters hit by a pitch with a walk off Cardinal starter Leyton Haxton (2-3). Chase Steinert and Marcus Ingram singled for the Cardinals.
Cardinal reliever Tony Moore was brilliant with three innings of shutout ball. The Cardinals (15-8) lost for the sixth time in the first round of the state baseball tournament.
Hoisington/CP 100 000 0 — 1 2 1
Humboldt 202 000 x — 4 4 1
Haxton, Moore (4) and Ingram. Sommer and Harrington. W—Sommer, 12-0. L—Haxton, 2-3. HR—HUM—Sommer.
SEMIFINALS—Columbus 21-2 vs. Santa Fe Trail 20-2, 11 a.m.; Humboldt 23-1 vs. Wichita Collegiate 20-4, 1:15; Columbus 9, KC Ward 8; Santa Fe Trail 3, Goodland ,2 10 innings; Humboldt 4, Hoisington/Central Plains 1; Wichita Collegiate 3, Sabetha 1