Jays baseball season comes to a close

The Sabetha Bluejay baseball squad traveled for first-round action in the Class 3A Regional Baseball Tournament on Monday, May 17, to Rock Creek. The Jays faced the host team Rock Creek Mustangs in the opening game for both teams and Rock Creek ended the season for the Jays with a 7-4 victory.

“We didn’t end the season the way we wanted to,” said Head Coach Curtis Hamilton. “We knew that going in, we were playing a good team and there was little room for mistakes. We played well, we just made some mistakes we could not overcome.”

Rock Creek jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Jays came right back in the top of the second to tie the game. Rock Creek picked up a run in the bottom of the third and three big runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Jays scored a run in the top of the sixth that got them within one run.

The Mustangs answered with two in the bottom of the sixth to stifle the Jays rally. The Jays outhit the Mustangs 10-9 but stranded nine runners on base. Senior right fielder Darrin Funk led the Jays batting attack by going three for four at the plate, while sophomore catcher Josh Herrmann went two for three.

Senior Kaleb Evans was on the mound for the Jays and pitched five innings allowing five runs on six hits while walking three with no strikeouts. Junior Tristan Wittwer came on in relief in the sixth and allowed two runs on three hits with no walks or strikeouts.

“Overall our guys had a great season and I really enjoyed this group,” Coach Hamilton said. “They had fun playing the game and after not having a season last year that is all I could ask of this group.”

The Jays ended their season with a 13-8 record.

 

Regionals vs. Rock Creek 5.17.2021

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Josh Herrmann

3

0

2

0

1

1

Marcus Bauman

4

1

2

0

0

0

Kaleb Evans

4

0

1

0

0

2

Drew Schmelzle

3

0

0

0

1

2

Cooper Bradbury

2

0

1

1

0

0

Tristan Wittwer

3

0

0

0

1

2

Darrin Funk

4

0

3

0

0

1

Nic Niehues

2

1

0

0

1

2

Nathan Voos

0

1

0

0

0

0

Matthew Garber

3

0

1

0

0

1

Nohl Niehues

0

1

0

0

0

0

Sabetha

0-1-0-0-2-1-0 | 4-10-1

Opponent

1-0-1-3-0-2-X | 7-9-0

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Kaleb Evans

5.0

85

64.7

6

5

5

0

3

0

Tristan Wittwer

1.0

24

62.5

3

2

1

0

0

0

 

Tim Kellenberger77 Posts

Tim Kellenberger serves as Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for The Sabetha Herald since 2004. He specializes in sports reporting and column writing, as well as sports photography. Tim is a Grace University graduate with a dual degree in agricultural economics and human resource management. He lives in rural Sabetha with his wife and has four grown children and two grandchildren.

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