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Jeff West Baseball Advances to 3A Regional Final With Wins Over Hiawatha and Royal Valley
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports
05/17/2022

Feldhausen Field, Marysville KS 3A Regional Baseball on Monday, May 16th 

Jeff West 3, Hiawatha 1

In the #4 versus #5 seed opening matchup, Jeff West got RBI singles from Kaden Stones and Gage Galle in the fifth inning to break a tie game and hold on for the win. Stones was the winning pitching tossing two innings of one-hit ball and struck out four batters. He came on in relief of Dalton Bateman in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs and only allowed a sac fly before recording two strikeouts to end the threat. Tucker Holthaus tossed the final two innings for the save as the Tiger pitchers held the Redhawks to just five total hits, all singles.

Jeff West took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a walk and hit batter and then completed a double-steal and scored on an error throw to third. Stones was 2-2 while Brodie Boyer also had a pair of hits for the Tigers who improved to 11-6 on the season.  

Carson Gilbert pitched all seven innings for Hiawatha and had the only RBI for the Hawks who completed their first winning high school baseball season with a 11-10 record.  

 Royal Valley 10, Marysville 0 in six innings

The top seed Panthers scored three runs in the first and three more in the second frame in route to a dominating win. Royal Valley ended the game by scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth. Starting pitcher Brady Klotz struck out 12 batters in four and two-thirds innings while allowing just two hits before Ethan Neuner finished the game. Jase Wege was 3-3 at the dish with a trio of runs scored while Cooper Daugherty had two hits and two RBI and Reo Miller had a pair of hits and scored three runs. Preston Golden, Neuner, Parker Long and Kendon Wege also all had a hit and scored as the Big 7 League champs improved their record to 14-6. 

Marysville mustered just three total hits with their lone senior starter Chris Bartels allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings with seven strikeouts before giving way to freshman Dakota Slupianek. The Bulldogs end the season 1-16.  

Jeff West 6, Royal Valley 1

It was a Big 7 League rematch in the semifinal game and despite two losses to Royal Valley in late April, Jeff West took the early advantage and controlled the game against the Panthers. The Tigers scored two runs in the first and added three in the second inning including two-out RBI hits by Devin Watkins and Gage Galle to take a commanding 5-0 lead. 

Royal Valley had three hits but could only score one run in the fourth frame with a total of five hits against Devin Watkins.  The Jeff West pitched needed only 77 total pitches to throw a complete game and retired the final 10 batters he faced while striking out six. 

Preston Golden allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings despite fanning 10 batters before Kendon Wege tossed the final two frames. Royal Valley fell short of advancing to state for the first time since 2016 ending this season at 14-7. 

Jeff West got two hits each from Watkins and Galle who both drove in a pair of runs while Conner Reich and Cole Gilbert each had a base hit and scored twice. Eli Roberts also had a hit but make several stellar plays at first base as the Tiger defense was superb improving to 12-6 on the year. 

Jeff West will face Sabetha on Wednesday at 5 PM in Marysville in the 3A Regional final with the winner advancing to state in Manhattan next week. The Tigers will hope the third time is again the charm like RV when they take on the Bluejays whom they were swept by 2-1 and 7-4 earlier this year. The game will be broadcast on KNZA 103.9 FM and www.mscsports.net.  


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