On Monday, the Region VI Baseball Tournament kicked off with an action-packed four-game slate. The Velva Aggies got off to a strong start and looked set to pick up two wins on the day, but the Surrey Mustangs stormed through, earning themselves a championship bid.
The Bishop Ryan Lions dropped their opener and fought elimination by managing to extend their season through Tuesday. The remaining schedule will be Bishop Ryan face Velva, with the winner facing Surrey in the Championship. Surrey need just one more win to be crowned champions, while the winner of Bishop Ryan and Velva will need to beat Surrey twice to clinch the title.
(Garrison vs. Velva)
The Velva Aggies and Garrison Troopers started the day and it was Velva who came out on top with a 23-3 win. The Aggies scored five runs late in the first inning, then followed that up with 14 runs on the board in the second inning to put the game out of reach.
Even though the Troopers were down, they didn’t give up as they fought back to score three runs in the top of the third inning. However, Velva’s firepower at home plate continued throughout the competition as they managed to score in every inning.
Kaden Chadwick led the way for the Aggies, going 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and six RBIs. Hank Bodine and Bradyn Bossert also contributed, completing three sets each. For the Troopers, they were led by Ty Iglehart and Gaige Roberts who each made a run.
Velva 23, Garrison 3
G 0 0 3 0 0 – 3 7 8
V 5 14 1 3 X – 23 15 3
VICTORY: Nickelson (2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). LOSS: Kamp (1.0 IP, 6 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K); 2 OR MORE HITS: G – Tre. Iglehart, Kamp. V-Dean, Craig, Bossert; DOUBLES: V-Craig, Chadwick; TRIPLE: None; 2 RBI OR MORE: V – Beeter, H. Bodine, Chadwick, Bossert.
(Bishop Ryan v Surrey)
The second game of the day featured a clash between the Bishop Ryan Lions and the Surrey Mustangs, with an offer to play Velva on the line later that night. It was the Mustangs who came away victorious, beating the Lions 6-3.
After the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, the two starting pitchers of Jett Lundeen and Coltan Francis entertained the fans in attendance. Both pitchers were locked in and not letting the team rise to much at first.
The Lions set up back-to-back innings by scoring a run in the second and third to give themselves their first and only lead of the day at 2-1. The Mustangs, however, put three on the board late in the third inning to bring the momentum back to their side.
As it looked like anyone, the Lions brought it within a point in the top of the fifth, but the Mustangs pulled away in the bottom of the sixth when they added two more points to bring the game to its final score of 6-3.
Coltan Francis did everything for the Mustangs in this one, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs, while taking the win at the mound. Andrew Eby went 2 for 2 with an RBI and two walks, and William Mayo went 1 for 4 with an RBI to help lead the Mustangs.
Carson Merck went 3 for 3 with a walk and Colton Feller went 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI to lead the way for the Lions. Jett Lundeen started on the mound and went the distance on his exit.
Bishop Ryan 3
BR 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 – 3 5 2
S 1 0 0 3 0 2 X – 6 8 2
VICTORY: Francis (6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). LOSS: Lundeen (6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K); 2 OR MORE HITS: B – Merck, Feller. S – Francois, Eby; DOUBLES: Francois; TRIPLE: Harvester; 2 RBI OR MORE: Francis.
Game 3 (Garrison vs. Bishop Ryan)
It was a quick turnaround for Bishop Ryan, who had to get back on the pitch immediately after their loss to Surrey. This time they were paired with Garrison for a playoff match. Both teams went back and forth, but in the end it was Bishop Ryan who took a 12-11 victory.
The Troopers came out of the gates on fire, as they built up a 7-0 lead heading into the third. Defensive errors helped the Troopers in a few of those runs, but the Lions settled in at first to get back into the game.
Carson Merck continued his good day, scoring two runs on a brace and Josh Will drove in a run late in the third to highlight a four-run flurry for the Lions, cutting the lead to 7-4.
Merck would then add to a late Lions offensive push as they managed to take a 9-8 lead late in the fifth. Once behind by seven points, the Lions now took their first lead of the night as they never gave up despite the early deficit.
Once the Lions took the lead, they seemed in control. That was until the Troopers came back strong and put three runs on the board in the seventh inning, making it an 11-11 game.
Josh Will, however, decided he was ready to end the game for good, as his clear round single in the bottom of the seventh handed the Bishop Ryan Lions a 12-11 victory over the Garrison Troopers.
Carson Merck led the way for the Lions with 5 for 5 with three doubles and four RBIs, Jared Will with 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Brady Feller with 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
For the Troopers, they were led by Jamison Rime who went 3 for 4 with three doubles and drove in a run, Brody Seidler who went 1 for 1 with a double, two walks and drove in a run, and Bennett Kamp which went 2 for 4.
Bishop Ryan 12, Garrison 11
G 0 3 4 0 1 0 3 – 11 6 5
BR 0 0 4 2 3 2 1 – 12 11 4
WIN: Will (0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K). LOSS: None; 2 OR MORE HITS: G- Trey. Iglehart, Kamp, Rime. BR – Dauphanais, Merck, Feller; DOUBLES: G-Rime (3), Ty Iglehart, Seidler; TRIPLE: BR – Coonrod, Shean. 2 RBI OR MORE: G – Crawford. BR- Merck, Will, Feller.
(Velva v Surrey)
With a bid for the championship game on the line and to be in a prime position for the rest of the regional tournament, the Surrey Mustangs and the Velva Aggies faced off to end Monday night.
The Mustangs took control early and were on cruise control for most of the game. The Aggies, however, fought back late in the seventh inning but came up short as the Mustangs advanced to the championship round with a 6-5 win over the Aggies.
It was a quick start for the Mustangs, who racked up three runs early in the first. Kekoa Munos walked and back-to-back singles followed to charge the no-out bases. Andrew Eby was hit with a pitch to bring the first inning of the day, then Noah Erickson walked and Wyatt Firmiete threw a run on a single, making it a 3-0 game.
In the next inning, the Mustangs added to their lead after Coltan Francis doubled and came back to score on an error. Munos started on the mound for the Mustangs, and he kept the Aggies quiet during his outing.
The Aggies were coming off a massive 23-point performance in their opener on Monday, but Munos was unfazed by their success. He kept the Aggies hitless and didn’t allow a runner to advance past second base until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Kaden Chadwick put the Aggies in the hit column with a single to start the fifth and Cayden Craig followed it up with his own single to breathe life into the team. Colin Dean reached on an error, which brought home a run to make it a 5-1 game. Now that the Aggies were cooking on the plate, they sought to flip the game’s script.
A base-laden walk in the top of the sixth inning gave the Mustangs their sixth and final run of the night, which turned out to be a very important insurance run. Even though the Aggies bats came to life, Munos continued his brilliant performance by managing to hold it 6-1 going into the final frame.
In the bottom of the seventh, Chadwick walked to revive the Aggies one last time. Bradyn Bossert and Preston Kraft singled out and suddenly the Aggies were ready to make another push at home plate. The Aggies would score four runs in the inning thanks to a Colin Dean groundout, a Blake Engebretson two-run single and a Kade Beeter RBI brace, but the Mustangs would get the job done in a 6-5 win.
Surrey 6, Velva 5
V 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 – 6 8 1
S 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 – 5 7 3
VICTORY: Munos (7.0 IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 7K). LOSS: None; 2 OR MORE HITS: S – Munos, Francis; DOUBLE: V – Beeter. S – Francois; TRIPLE: None. 2 RBI OR MORE: V – Engebretson.