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Chiefs scalp Hutchinson in second game
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Great Bends Connor Sell had the rare feat of striking out four Hutchinson batters during the second inning, including one Hutch batter reaching first base after striking out and the ball getting past catcher Landon Leuenberger. - photo by Mack McClure Great Bend Tribune

Buoyed by a gutsy complete-game pitching performance by Great Bend right-hander Matt Marshall, the Chiefs hammered Hutchinson 12-4 Tuesday night in the second game of a Class AAA American Legion doubleheader.
The eight-run rule went into effect after six innings.
The Chiefs (15-15), a Class AAA American Legion baseball team, won for only the third time in their last 10 games during the regular-season home finale — the final game at Al Burns Memorial Field as the Chiefs will be moving crosstown next summer.
With the score knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth, the Chiefs’ Sam Hafner and Cole Smith drew back-to-back walks and Logan Buehler came through with a two-out, two-run triple for a 5-3 lead. The lead grew to 6-3 after Jace Bowman singled home Buehler.
Hutch closed to 6-4 in the fifth, but the Chiefs exploded for six runs in the sixth, highlighted by Bowman’s two-run double.
Marshall, who threw 113 pitches, overcame nine walks and struck out seven in capturing the win.
Hutchinson 10,
Great Bend 3

The Hutchinson Cardinals broke open a 2-2 game with four runs in the fifth inning and rolled past the Chiefs in the first game.
Leading 1-0, Hutchinson had a 2-0 lead after Jordan Stoecklein crunched a solo home run over the wall in right-center field in the top of the third.
But Great Bend tied the game at 2-2 on Marshall’s two-run single in the bottom of the third. Buehler, who reached on a single, and Bowman, who reached on an error, both scored on the play.
The game turned in Hutch’s favor in the fifth, where it scored four runs for a 6-2 lead. They also chased Chiefs left-hander Connor Sell in the process, with Sell giving way to right-hander Nick Ney.
Ney induced Nick LeGreca into hitting into an inning-ending double play, but not before Hutch had six straight batters reach base and then came through with the timely hits. Logan Ahrens and Justin Engelland hit consecutive two-run doubles off Sell to highlight the Cardinals’ surge.
Sell recorded seven strikeouts on the night, but the extra-base hits were the defining blows in Hutch knocking out the Chiefs, who couldn’t string any timely hits together as they stranded eight baserunners.
Trailing 7-2, Great Bend scored a single run in the sixth to make it 7-3 after Ney doubled to right-center and Hafner hit a ground-rule double to left-center, driving him in.
But Hutch squashed any thoughts of a late comeback after it scored a trio of runs in the seventh.
Kottas sidelined
Great Bend pitcher/outfielder Mitch Kottas sat out Tuesday’s doubleheader for precautionary measures.
Kottas, who was the starting pitcher against Pratt on Monday night in the second game of a road doubleheader, was hit in the ear by a line drive and had to leave the game during the third inning.
Great Bend had a 9-2 lead before Kottas’ injury, but Pratt rallied for a 14-10 win to complete the sweep of the doubleheader. Pratt won 7-3 in the opener.
Regular season
ends tonight

With the zone tournament on the horizon next week, the Chiefs will close the regular season tonight with a doubleheader at McPherson. The first game starts at 6, followed by the nightcap at 8.
The three-team zone tourney — featuring Hays, Dodge City and Great Bend — will be held Tuesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 20, at Demon Field in Dodge City.
Great Bend will take on Dodge City in the first round, starting at 4 p.m.

Class AAA American
Legion Baseball
At Great Bend
Al Burns Memorial Field
Hutchinson 10, Great Bend 3
                            123 456 7       R  H  E
Hutchinson         101 041 3 —  10 13 2
Great Bend         002 001 0 —   3  9  2

      Tyler Williams, Nick LaGreca (6) & Seaver Williams; Connor Sell, Nick Ney (5) & Landon Leuenberger & Darien Blackwill. W — T. Williams. L — Sell. 2B — Hutch (Justin Engelland); Great Bend (Nick Ney, Sam Hafner). 3B — Hutch (Logan Ahrens). HR — Hutch (Jordan Stecklein).