Mar 13, 2020 1:12 AM

Tiger baseball falls twice to No. 2 Central Missouri

Posted Mar 13, 2020 1:12 AM

HAYS, Kan. - The Fort Hays State baseball team could not tame the bats of second-ranked Central Missouri Thursday, dropping both ends of the doubleheader. The Mules took advantage of the stiff wind blowing out at Larks Park, slugging 13 home runs on the day, including an MIAA-record-tying nine homers in game one.

The Tigers move to 11-13 overall and 1-7 in MIAA play, while the Mules are now 20-3 on the year and 8-0 in league action.

Fort Hays State totaled 19 hits on the day, including home runs from Tyler OlsonCorbin Truslow and two from Garrett Stephens.

Game One: Central Missouri 24, Fort Hays State 9
Central Missouri scored early and scored often in the opener, pushing across at least one run in each inning. Fort Hays State kept the pace early, leading 3-2 after one inning before ending the second with a 6-6 tie.

While UCM was using the long ball to score the majority of its runs, hitting four home runs over the first two frames, the Tigers used timely hitting to manufacture their runs. FHSU scored three runs with two outs in the first inning after Jaxson Webb came through with a bases-loaded single. Tyler Olson followed with a two-RBI base knock to center, plating Garrett Stephens and Corbin Truslow.

The Tigers used four hits, including three doubles, to level the score in the second inning. Griffin Brunson led off with a single before moving to third on a Drake Angeron double. After outs were recorded in the next two at-bats, Grant Schmidt came through with a big base knock. The junior kept the inning alive with a double to center, plating Jared Maneth and Angeron. Stephens followed with a double of his own, driving in Schmidt.

The Tigers added three more runs in the seventh inning when Stephens and Olson both sent solo home runs sailing over the wall in left.

Olson drove in three runs in the game, while Angeron, Stephens, Webb, Olson and Brunson all collected two base hits.

UCM's Dusty Stroup clubbed four home runs in the win, matching the MIAA record for home runs in a single game for a player.

Game Two: Central Missouri 20, Fort Hays State 4
Central Missouri scored six runs in the first and added four more in the second to take control of game two, winning 20-4. Garrett Stephens picked up his second home run of the day in the home half of the fourth, making the score 11-2.

Corbin Truslow added a two-run bomb in the followin inning, sending a 2-1 pitch soaring over the scoreboard in right to help the Tigers close within 14-4.

Griffin Brunson was the lone Tiger to record multiple hits, tallying two base knocks for the second game in a row. Ryan Stoecklein collected his first hit of the season on a single in the seventh.

Ryan Ruder retired the side in order in the top of the fourth, the only inning of the day in which UCM did not score.

Due to the cancellation of NCAA Winter and Spring Championships based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the MIAA and its member institutions announced the suspension of all MIAA intercollegiate sports activities (practice and competition) indefinitely effective at 11 pm, March 12, 2020. The indefinite suspension applies to all institutional practices and competitions in any MIAA sport, regardless of season, until further notice. All spring sports are suspended indefinitely at this time.

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available in the days ahead.

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2A State Quarterfinal: Hoxie Indians

MANHATTAN- The Hoxie Indians advanced to the state tournament with a convincing 81-66 win over the Plainville Cardinals last week in the Ellis 2A Sub-State Championship. The Indians 21-2 record was good enough for the 3 seed at the state tournament in Manhattan. They'd be facing off against the 6 seed Garden Plains Owls. The Owls won the Sedan Sub-State, holding a record of 18-5 on the year. 

Hoxie started the game strong, scoring the first 7 points of the contest. However, the Owls steadily crawled back into the game, snatching a 14-13.

The Owls owned the first portion of the second quarter, using a 14-4 run to take a 28-17 lead. Hoxie scored the last 5 points of the half to cut the lead to 28-22 heading into the break.

The Indians slowly chipped away at the Owl lead in the the third. Freshamn Brady Jones knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter to give Hoxie their first second half lead 39-38. That would be the score heading to the fourth. 

The Indians played a hard fourth, pushing the lead to 47-40 with under four minutes to go. However, the Owls stormed all the way back, finishing the game on 10-0 run. That put score 50-47 in favor of the Owls. Hoxie's late attempts to take back the lead would fall short, resulting in a 50-47 Garden Plain win.

Junior Harlan Obioha finished the game with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 assists. Senior Parker Jones chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The Indians finished the season 21-3. Jones is the only senior they are losing that played significant minutes. 

Garden Plain improved to 19-5 on the year. They would have played Seabury Academy in the semi-finals, had the tournament not been canceled due to the Corona Virus outbreak. Accordingly, the 2019-20 season is now over for all teams.

Congratulations to all of our state teams on a season well played. We are already ripe with anticipation for next season!