It came one day late, but the Cole Camp Bluebirds joined the Sacred Heart Gremlins in the Kaysinger Conference Tournament championship game with their win over the Mustangs. Cole Camp (8-3) led 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning on Tuesday night before foul weather caused the game to be postponed.
Cole Camp coach Todd Rusk was happy with how his team responded to the delay.
“I was very, very pleased,” he said. “Our kids responded well to the situation. They played well.”
Andrew Yeager picked up where he left off Tuesday night on the mound, pitching six total innings to get the win. Yeager allowed just five hits while striking out eight batters and walking four.
“He came in and threw well. He got in some spots, but he pitched well,” said Rusk of Yeager.
Justin Jeffries had a good game at the plate for the Bluebirds, registering two hits and driving home two runs. Garrett Gilbert also had two hits and provided two stellar plays in center field.
Gilbert robbed Trevor Cunningham of a hit in the third inning with a diving catch and then threw out a runner at the plate in the seventh after catching a fly ball. That double play erased a bases-loaded scoring threat for Northwest and secured the win for the Bluebirds.
Rusk is excited to have his team in the championship game in his first year at the helm of the Cole Camp baseball program.
“The kids are excited,” he said. “You can’t ask for anything better.”
The Gremlins and the Bluebirds will decide the championship today at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Park Stadium in Sedalia. Northwest will play Smithton for third place at 4 p.m.
Green Ridge 3, Stover 2
In the consolation bracket of the Kaysinger Conference Tournament, the Green Ridge Tigers edged the Stover Bulldogs in a game completed Wednesday afternoon that had been postponed by bad weather on Tuesday night. The two teams were tied at one after one inning when lightning forced both teams off the field in Lincoln.
Brett Shoop went back to the mound for the Tigers and was effective, yielding just one earned run while allowing seven hits over six innings. Shoop struck out three and walked one batter as he recorded the win in his first varsity appearance on the mound.
“That’s the first varsity game he’s pitched,” said Green Ridge coach Nick Cox. “He was a big help”
Stover took a brief lead in the top of the fourth inning when Tyler Wilson drove home a run with a double. That lead only lasted until the Tigers came to bat in the bottom of the inning.
Will Snyder got the key hit, one of his two singles in the game, driving home two runners to put the Tigers in front to stay. The Tiger defense, which had committed six errors in each of its two previous games, played solidly for the rest of the game.
“We started off rough last night,” commented Cox about his team allowing an unearned run before the postponement. “We played a lot better defense today.”
Snyder picked up the save, striking out two batters in a perfect seventh. Daniel Brown was nicked with the loss for Stover.
With the win, the Tigers move into the consolation finals for a matchup with the Lincoln Cardinals at 4 p.m. today at Centennial Park in Sedalia.
I-70 Conference Tournament
The St. Paul Lady Saints moved into the consolation finals of the softball tournament with a 9-6 win over the Windsor Greyhounds on Tuesday afternoon. In the baseball tournament, the Santa Fe Chiefs only needed five innings as they pounded the Sweet Springs Greyhounds 13-0 to claim a spot in the consolation final.