9-year-olds still alive at Lakin

Monday, July 20, 2009

LAKIN -- The Fort Scott 9-year-old baseball team reached the semifinal round of the Cal Ripken State Baseball Tournament here with semifinal, third-place and championship games set for Monday.

Fort Scott lost its first game of pool play Friday but won its next two to advance as the second-place team in its pool.

Friday, Paola took an 11-1 win over Fort Scott. Gunnar Brown was named Fort Scott's Most Valuable Player while Jeron Poyner won the WOW Award, which goes to the player who makes an outstanding play in the game.

Saturday, Fort Scott pounded Cottonwood Valley, 17-1. Hudson Horn was named MVP and Jesse Jones was named the WOW winner.

Sunday, Fort Scott defeated Wellington, 15-5, which eliminated Wellington. Jones was the MVP and Trey Holston won the WOW Award.

Paola advanced as the winner of the pool. Cimarron River won the opposite pool with Columbus advancing as the runner-up. Columbus and Paola were scheduled to play first on Monday followed by Fort Scott and Cimarron River. The losers of each game played for third place right after the Fort Scott-Cimarron Valley game. The championship was scheduled to follow the third-place game.

10-year-old State.

WELLINGTON -- Fort Scott finished in third place after 5-1 loss to Cimarron River in the last game of play on Sunday.

Fort Scott opened play Friday, dropping a 3-1 decision to Cimarron River. Grant Goldston was MVP for Fort Scott and Jacob Gannon was named the WOW winner.

Saturday, Fort Scott knocked Stevens County out of the tournament in an elimination game, 14-11, then eliminated Derby, 12-2, later in the day. MVPs were Goldston in the Stevens County game and Gannon in the Derby contest. WOW winners in the respective games were Jarret Lyon and Goldston.

Fort Scott won another elimination game Sunday afternoon, getting by Independence, 10-9. Gage Lopp was the MVP and Mason Lamb was the WOW winner.

The loss to Cimarron River followed. Austin Cook was named Fort Scott's MVP and Goldston was named the WOW recipient.

Cimarron River went on to the championship game to take on Ottawa. Since it's the team from the winner's bracket, Cimarron River needed to defeat Ottawa twice to win State while Ottawa needs only to win once.

Fort Scott's 11-year-old team begins State tourney play at Liberal Friday. The 12-year-olds host State this weekend.