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Frankfort/Centralia Get Run-Rule Win, Blue Valley-Randolph Completes Comeback to Advance to Regional Semifinals
By Jared Sleppy
Copyright: MSC Sports

Day one of the Class 2-1A Mission Valley regional in Onaga saw Frankfort/Centralia advance to the semifinals with a 10-0 win over Valley Heights. That was followed up by a thrilling comeback from seven-seed Blue Valley-Randolph, who got a go-ahead two-run home run from Landon Schreiber in the seventh inning to knock off two-seed Onaga 4-3.

Frankfort/Centralia 10, Valley Heights 0

The story of the first game was Lane Loiseau’s masterful work on the rubber. He pitched a complete game shutout giving up just one walk and two hits in five innings with eight strikeouts.

The Wildcats got six runs in the second inning with just one RBI base hit coming from left fielder Brock Armstrong. The rest of their runs were scored on errors, wild pitches and a sac fly from designated hitter Trent Carroll.

They got another run in the third inning with a sac fly from first baseman Eli Morton, one in the fourth with shortstop Wes Anderson scoring on a wild pitch, and the final two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double from center fielder Carter Olson and an error that brought him home to end the game.

Blue Valley-Randolph 4, Onaga 3

Onaga got the early lead with an RBI single in the first inning from center fielder Casen Hutfles. They added two more runs in the third inning with Hutfles getting another RBI hit, this time being a double. Starting pitcher Hunter Lamond scored on an error as well.

After both teams left baserunners stranded in the fourth inning, the Rams would get on the scoreboard for the first time in the fifth inning. Second baseman Tennessee Hartman and shortstop Landon Schreiber both got RBI singles to cut their deficit to one run.

Onaga was looking to respond with some insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, but they left the bases loaded.

The top of the sixth inning saw Blue Valley-Randolph miss an opportunity to tie it as third baseman Brayden Weeks hit a line drive right at Buffaloes shortstop Jackson Kolterman, who stepped on second base for a double play to help end the Rams’ threat.

However, the Buffaloes suffered the same fate in the bottom of the sixth inning as catcher LJ Koelzer hit a line drive at Weeks, who stepped on third base for a double play.

In the top of the seventh with one out, left fielder Gage Williams walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch when Schreiber hit a two-run blast over the left field fence to flip the game in Blue Valley’s favor.

Rams starting pitcher Lincoln Schmitz was effective in his five-and-a-third innings pitched as he gave up just one walk, two earned runs and six hits with no strikeouts. Aeron Innes got the win in his one-and-two-thirds innings of relief where he gave up no runs, no walks and just one hit with three strikeouts.

As for Onaga’s pitching, they got a great start from Lamond, who pitched six full innings and gave up just two earned runs, five hits and no walks with ten strikeouts. Kolterman came in for the seventh inning and surrendered the home run and picked up the loss.

Schreiber finished the day at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run. He was the only Ram with multiple hits.

Outfielder Dakota Krause came from the Twin Valley League track and field meet and joined the team in the fifth inning and got a single in his first at-bat which helped interject some life into the Rams dugout.

Hutfles finished his day going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Third baseman Rayce Fisher was 2-for-4 with a double and a run, and he was ejected from the game after being called out on strikes in the seventh inning.

Frankfort/Centralia will play against Blue Valley-Randolph on Tuesday, May 14th in the regional semifinals at Mission Valley High School in Eskridge, KS at approximately 4:00 p.m.

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