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Local summer leaguers finish busy tournament weekend
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Local teams finish tournament play. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Four Great Bend summer league baseball teams concluded one of the busiest weekend’s of the season.

More than 20 teams participated in this year’s Hap Dumont 11U State Tournament held at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The Great Bend Panthers managed a 2-3 record during the weekend. Following a rough opening round with 15-3 and 11-3 losses to Derby and Topeka Friday the Panthers moved into Saturday’s consolation bracket. Great Bend regrouped and recorded a 7-4 victory over the Wichita Bandits. That set up a semifinal match with Goddard Saturday afternoon. Great Bend posted a 13-3 win in a Panther score fest against the Gators before bowing out in the consolation championship game to the Wichita Rangers, 14-4. The Topeka A’s defeated Andover in the tournament championship game Sunday.

In the 8U tournament in Wichita the Great Bend Bombers secured a 10-2 win over the Wichita Stars in the tournament opener. The Great Bend squad then fell to the Pratt Bombers, 16-7 and the Wichita Wolfpack, 15-2.

Meanwhile in Legion play in Buhler the Great Bend Braves had a rough going in their first three contests. Following an 11-2 loss to the Buhler Nationals the Braves dropped a 7-0 decision to Scott City Saturday then fell 7-6 to Bottom of the 9th Baseball on Sunday. Great Bend capped the weekend with a 5-4 win over the SW Hitters. The Braves will be in action at GBSC this Wednesday in American Legion zone play beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In Legion senior league action the Great Bend Chiefs fell 5-2 to Air Academy to begin the Pikes Peak Tournament Friday in Colorado Springs. The Chiefs then defeated Denver South in a 3-2 affair. Great Bend rode high into Saturday play with a 15-4 thumping of Rawhide Baseball Club. On Sunday the Chiefs dropped two games to Cherry Creek and Garden City by scores of 11-6 and 4-3. Great Bend is tentatively scheduled to host Buhler and Russell this Wednesday and Thursday with start times to be determined.