Monarchs outlast Russell
By The Hays Daily News
The Hays Monarchs Legion baseball team picked up its third straight win Monday night in an added game to its schedule.
Hays outlasted Russell 12-11, breaking a tie in the bottom half of the ninth inning at TMP Field.
Russell, trailing 11-6 heading into the eighth, scored five runs in the eighth to tie the game.
Jordan Gottschalk, Hays' second-leading hitter this summer, singled with no outs in the ninth to drive in the winning run in Grant Romme, who walked
The hit was Gottschalk's second of the game, and his fourth RBI.
Hays (17-5) trailed 4-2 after Russell scored three runs in the second and one in the third, but battled back to score five runs through the fourth and fifth to secure a lead. The Monarchs led 7-6 before pulling away with four runs in the bottom half of the seventh.
Justin Pfiefer had an RBI double in the seventh, Ryan Schippers drove in a run with a walk, and Gottschalk had one of his other RBIs.
The Monarchs collected 15 hits in the game, but did have eight errors, which helped Russell rally.
Cameron Brin made the start for Hays. He pitched six innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Braiden Werth pitched two innings of relief, then Liam Stults (6-1) picked up the win in the ninth. He struck out three in the inning, but did give up a walk.
Logan Braun took the loss in two innings of relief for Russell. Taylor Rome made the start. He went five innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and six walks. Brady Dinkel also pitched 1.1 innings of relief.
Schippers had a four-hit day for Hays, driving in two runs. Ryan Ruder collected three hits, and scored twice. Werth, Stults, Schippers and Pfeifer all doubled, and Ruder had a triple.
Rome and Brandon Bachar led Russell with two hits each.
Hays is slated to play at Larned in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday.
Hays 12, Russell 11
Russell 031 000 250 -- 11 8 2
Hays 200 320 401 -- 12 15 8
Rome, Dinkel (6), Braun (7); Brin, Werth (7), Stults (9). W -- Stults. L -- Braun. 2B -- Rome, Flynn, Russell; Werth, Stults, Schippers, Pfeifer, Hays. 3B -- Ruder, Hays.