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Despite a Loss and Controversy, Hiawatha Legion Baseball Advances to Saturday's State Semi-Finals in Topeka
By Brandon Tadtman
Copyright: MSC Sports

It was quite the adventure on Friday afternoon in Topeka for the Hiawatha Legion baseball team as they played their final game of pool play at the State Tournament. 

The first result of the day featured Concordia scoring seven runs in the seventh inning to defeat Larned 11-7, setting up Hiawatha for an easier path to the Semi-Finals on Saturday. 

The scenario for Hiawatha entering their game against Iola was win and get in, or lose and not give up more than 10 runs. 

Hiawatha looked prime for the win as they built an 8-1 lead into the fourth inning. Iola though rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth as they would go on to the 10-8 win. 

The loss for Hiawatha and the win by Concordia gave those two teams plus Larned all 1-2 records at the end of pool play with Iola advancing with a perfect 3-0 record. 

The head-to-head tiebreakers were out for the three teams as they all beat each other. The next tiebreaker was runs allowed. Concordia allowed the most runs so they were out while Hiawatha and Larned tied each allowing 21 runs in the tournament. 

The next tiebreaker after that was runs scored in which Hiawatha beat Larned in that department which set them up to advance to Saturday. 

However, controversy insued as Legion officials were told that Concordia had left Topeka prior to Hiawatha's game finishing which forfeited their appearance even though they played all three of their games. 

Coaches for Hiawatha and Larned surrounded Legion officials for quite some time after Hiawatha's game as they said that Larned would get in over Hiawatha because Concordia forfeited and Larned won the head-to-head against Hiawatha on Wednesday. 

Hiawatha left the fields thinking they're summer was over, but someone came back and took another look at the situation and they would go on to make the right call and put Hiawatha in the Semi-Finals. 

Hiawatha will play the Kansas Senators at 11:30 AM on Saturday morning. Iola and Pittsburg will play first at 9:00 AM with the two winners facing off in the Championship Game at 2:30. 

Due to prior obligations, staffing, and the back and forth decision changing on Friday night, we will be unable to carry the Semi-Final game live on-air. 

We were happy to be one of just two broadcast stations in the state to provide live coverage this week. 

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