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Onaga Caps Historic Baseball Season Fourth at State
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

2-1A State Semifinal on Friday - Pittsburg Colgan 10, Onaga 0 

Despite being the number eight seed, Colgan posted their second straight shutout in route to their 21st state baseball title. Kysen Bennett allowed just two Onaga hits in a complete game shutout as the Buffaloes totaled just four base runners in the game and struck out 12 times. 

After using four pitchers and exhausting state tournament pitching for Zac Fisher and Jackson Kolterman in the opening round 8-7 comeback win in 10 innings against Medicine Lodge in the state quarterfinals on Thursday, Onaga needed a pitcher to carry the load. Colby Simpkins did exactly that battling through five and two-thirds innings and stranding 14 runners while allowing just 8 runs on 10 hits. That however was more than enough for the Panthers who took advantage of four Buffalo errors and 12 total free passes to take a 7-0 lead after three innings and coast to the win.  

2-1A State Consolation Third Place Game - Elkhart 3, Onaga 2

After a two-hour break on Friday, Onaga showed true grit in the third place contest and they battled #2 seed Elkhart down to the wire. The Buffs would get another fantastic starting pitching performance, this time from Hunter Lamond, who tossed all six innings allowing just three runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and only two walks to the first two batters of the game. 

Onaga led 1-0 and tied the game at 2-2 in the second before the Wildcats got a two-out RBI hit from Julian Duran in the third innings to cap the scoring for the contest. Duran also had a two-out two-run single in the first frame as he drove in all three Elkhart runs to claim the third place trophy and end their season at 22-2. 

Onaga got a leadoff single from Laymond in the seventh, but after a pair or strikeouts, he was thrown out at home plate trying to score from second on an infield hit by Zac Fisher to end the game. Kolterman had a pair of hits with an RBI and run scored for Onaga, who ends their third season of high school baseball with a 19-5 record and first state tournament apperance and win in school history. 

Onaga wil bid farewell to five seniors including four starters for Coach Adam Kufahl after their historic record setting season. 

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