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Larned Legion sweeps Otis-Bison
Brady Hope
Larned shortstop Brady Hope makes a defensive play.


LARNED — The Larned Indians swept Otis-Bison 13-3 and 16-6 in Monday’s American Legion baseball doubleheader.

LARNED 13, OTIS-BISON 3 (G1) — Larned’s Ian Orth, Brady Hope and Mello Bryant each drove home two runs. Reliever Christian Murray (1-0) earned the victory. Shortstop Hope relayed to first baseman Carlos Ibarra for a double play on Hayden Morrison’s second-inning line drive. 

Orth scored on a first-inning wild pitch and Hope singled home Ty Smith. Otis-Bison tied the score when Christian Roth singled in Gratton Dutton and Ethan Graffe singled in Roth in the third inning.

After a 2-2 tie after three innings, Larned scored 11 runs in its final three innings.

Bryant’s two-run double scored Owen Reece and Carson Shaver in a three-run fourth inning. Bryant scored on a bases-loaded walk. Orth singled in Gavin Alvarez and Hope singled home Orth in a four-run fifth inning. Bryant and Hope scored on errors. 

Otis-Bison’s Christian Roth scored on a sixth-inning error. Alvarez scored on a wild pitch and Reece scored on a groundball to ignite a four-run sixth inning. Orth scored on a groundout and Shaver scored on a wild pitch. 

LARNED 16, OTIS-BISON 6 (G2) — Dillan Smith (3-1) pitched three innings and drove home three runs as Otis-Bison yielded 11 unearned runs on nine errors.

Orth scored on Hope’s bunt and Reece scored on Eian Sanders bunt. Ty Smith scored on an error in the three-run first inning. Orth singled home Shaver for a 4-0 lead after two innings.

Otis-Bison’s Kaden Foust scored on Gratton Dutton’s groundball and Nathan Roth singled home Conner Weihe in a four-run third inning. Braden Ford singled home Dutton and Nathan Roth for a 4-4 tie.   

Hope drilled an inside-the-park homer and Reece scored on Dillan Smith’s third-inning single for a 6-4 lead.  Orth scored on an error and Alvarez scored on a passed ball in a four-run fourth inning. Reece scored on Dillan Smith’s sacrifice fly and Sanders scored on a bases-loaded walk for a 10-4 lead.

Dutton and Nathan Roth scored on Braden Ford’s fifth-inning double for a 10-6 score.

Larned ended the game on a six-run fifth inning. Alvarez, Reece and Bryant scored on errors. Sanders scored on a Dillan Smith groundout. Orth singled in Ibarra and Alvarez’s single scored Shaver for a 16-6 run-rule victory. 

Otis-Bison 002 001 — 3 5 4

Larned 200 344 — 13 7 4

Christian Roth, Nathan Roth (4), Weihe (6), Foust (6) and Dutton. Reece, Murray (4) and Hope. W—Murray, 1-0. L—Dutton. 2B—L—Alvarez, Bryant, Shaver.

Otis-Bison 004 02 — 6 3 9 

Larned 312 46 — 16 6 2

Graffe, Colglazier (4), Dutton (5) and Dutton, Ford (5). Colglazier, Dillan Smith (3) and Hope. W—D. Smith 3-1. L—Graffe. 2B—OB—Ford; L—Orth, Reece. HR—L—Hope.