On Monday, the Region VI Baseball Tournament began with an action-packed four-game schedule. The Velva Aggies got off to a strong start and looked poised for two wins that day, but the Surrey Mustangs stormed through and earned a championship bid.
The Bishop Ryan Lions dropped their first game and struggled from elimination as they managed to extend their season through Tuesday. The remaining schedule will be Bishop Ryan vs Velva, with the winner playing Surrey in the Championship. Surrey needs just one win to be crowned champion, while Bishop Ryan and Velva’s winner needs to beat Surrey twice to clinch the title.
(garrison against 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 hit five runs in the bottom of the first inning and put 14 runs on the board in the second inning to put the game out of reach.
Despite being down, the Troopers didn’t give up as they fought back to score three runs in the top of the third inning. However, Velva’s firepower on the plate continued throughout the competition as they managed to score in every inning.
Leading the Aggies was Kaden Chadwick, who went 1-on-3 with a double, a walk and six RBIs. Hank Bodine and Bradyn Bossert also got involved and drove three runs each. For the Troopers, they were led by Ty Iglehart and Gaige Roberts, each driving one run.
Velva 23, Garrison 3
G 0 0 3 0 0 – 3 7 8
V 5 14 1 3 X – 23 15 3
WIN: Nickelson (2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). LOSS: Combat (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; DOUBLE: V – Craig, Chadwick; TRIPLE: None; 2 OR MORE RBIs: V – Beeter, H. Bodine, Chadwick, Bossert.
(Bishop Ryan vs. Surrey)
The second game of the day featured a matchup between the Bishop Ryan Lions and the Surrey Mustangs, with an offer to play Velva on the line for later in the evening. It was the Mustangs who emerged victorious, beating the Lions 6-3.
After the Mustangs had taken a 1-0 lead at the end of the first tournament, the two starting pitchers Jett Lundeen and Coltan Francis gave the fans in attendance a treat. Both pitchers were locked up and didn’t let the team make much of a difference in the early days.
The Lions made up consecutive innings, scoring runs in the second and third to take their first and only lead of the day, 2-1. However, the Mustangs put three on the board in the bottom of the third inning to put the momentum back on their side.
As it seemed like everyone’s game, the Lions made it to within one run to the top of the fifth, but the Mustangs pulled back at the end of the sixth as they added two more runs to bring the game to its final score of 6. 3.
Coltan Francis went all out for the Mustangs on this one, playing 2-for-4 on the plate with a double and two RBIs while also taking the win on the mound. Andrew Eby went 2-on-2 with an RBI and two walks, and William Mayo went 1-on-4 with an RBI to lead the Mustangs.
Carson Merck went 3-on-3 with a walk and Colton Feller went 2-on-3 with a triple and an RBI to lead the way for the Lions. Jett Lundeen started on the hill and walked back the distance during his outing.
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
WIN: 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—Francis, Eby; DOUBLE: Francis; TRIPLES: Feller; 2 OR MORE RBIs: Francis.
Game 3 (Garrison vs. Bishop Ryan)
It was a quick turnaround for Bishop Ryan, who had to be back on the field immediately following his loss to Surrey. This time they were paired with Garrison for an elimination match. Both teams played back and forth, but ultimately it was Bishop Ryan who secured a 12-11 victory.
The Troopers came out firing from the gates as they built a 7-0 lead that headed for the bottom of the third. Defensive errors helped the Troopers in some of those runs, but the Lions would settle in a start to claw their way back into the game.
Carson Merck continued his strong day, driving in two runs on a double and Josh Will drove in one run at the bottom of the third to highlight a four-run burst for the Lions and cut the lead to 7-4.
Merck would then contribute to a late, offensive surge from the Lions as they managed to take a 9-8 lead late in the fifth. Seven runs down, the Lions maintained their first lead of the night as they never gave up despite falling behind early on.
After taking the lead, the Lions appeared to be in control. That was until the Troopers charged back and put three runs on the board in the seventh inning, making it an 11-11 game.
However, Josh Will decided he was ready to put an end to the game for good as his walk-off single at the bottom of seventh place gave the Bishop Ryan Lions a 12-11 win over the Garrison Troopers.
Leading for the Lions was Carson Merck, who went 5-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs, Jared Will, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, and Brady Feller, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Troopers were led by Jamison Rime, who went 3-on-4 with three doubles and drove in one run, Brody Seidler, who went 1-on-1 with a double, two walks and drove in one run, and Bennett Kamp, who 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 HIT: G-Trey. Iglehart, Kamp, Rime. BR – Dauphanais, Merck, Feller; DOUBLE: G – Rime (3), Ty Iglehart, Seidler; TRIPLES: BR – Coonrod, Shean. 2 OR MORE RBIs: G – Crawford. BR—Merck, Will, Feller.
(Velva vs. Surrey)
With a championship game bid at stake and looking to be in a prime position for the remainder of the regional tournament, the Surrey Mustangs and the Velva Aggies met to end the night on Monday.
The Mustangs took control early and were in cruise control for most of the game. However, the Aggies put up a late fight in the seventh inning, but went just 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, stacked at the top of first in three runs. Kekoa Munos left and back-to-back singles followed to load bases with no outs. Andrew Eby was hit by a pitch to take the first run of the day, then Noah Erickson walked and Wyatt Firmiete took a run with a single to make it a 3-0 game.
In the following inning, the Mustangs would extend their lead after Coltan Francis doubled and scored from an error. Munos had the hill start for the Mustangs and he kept the Aggies steady throughout his outing.
The Aggies put in an impressive 23-run performance in their first game on Monday, but Munos was undeterred by their success. He kept the Aggies hitless and didn’t allow any runner to advance past second base until the end of the fifth inning.
Kaden Chadwick got the Aggies up the hits column with a single to start the fifth, and Cayden Craig backed off with a single of his own to breathe some life into the team. Colin Dean reached an error that brought home a run to make it 5-1. Now that the Aggies were cooking on the plate, they were trying to flip the game’s script.
A bases loaded walk in the top part 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. Despite the Aggies’ bats coming alive, Munos continued his brilliant performance as he managed to hold the game 6-1 heading into the final frame.
At the end of the seventh, Chadwick left to get the Aggies going one last time. Bradyn Bossert and Preston Kraft singled out and suddenly the Aggies were ready to take another jab at the plate. The Aggies would hit four runs in the inning thanks to a Colin Dean groundout, a Blake Engebretson two-run single and a Kade Beeter RBI double, but the Mustangs would get the job done with 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
WIN: Munos (7.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). LOSS: None; 2 OR MORE MATCHES: S – Munos, Francis; DOUBLE: V – Beeter. S—Francis; TRIPLE: None. 2 OR MORE RBIs: V – Engebretson.