Tigers get early lead, hold on for 8-5 win
Fort Scott High School’s baseball team will go into its own Regional Tournament on a five-game winning streak following am 8-5 win over Chanute in a Southeast Kansas League game at Dave Regan Stadium.
The last losses for the Tigers (10-2 SEK, 14-6 overall) were to Paola in both games of a road doubleheader on April 23. Both losses were by one run to the Panthers (16-4), who will be the No. 1 seed in the Fort Scott Class 4A-Division I Regional Tournament, which will be played on Tuesday.
Alec Michaud hit his first home run leading off the bottom of the first inning for the Tigers, a shot that went over the left-field fence. Ty Gorman singled but then switched places with Brady Masters on a fielder’s choice. Matt Campbell followed with a triple to center field, scoring Masters. Campbell scored on a groundout by Kieran Houlihan, making it 3-0.
Houlihan (3-1) allowed no earned runs over the first 4 2/3 innings on 5 hits and a walk with 3 strikeouts. His teammates increased his lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Nic Shelton reached base leading off the inning on an error by Chanute’s third baseman. Gunnar Brown followed with a single to center.
It looked as though Chanute’s second pitcher of the evening, Mason Manbeck, was going to be able to get out of the inning after inducing a pair of infield pop-ups. But Masters hit a double to center that allowed Shelton and Brown to score, then took third on an error. Campbell followed with his second triple of the game — this one off the top of the center-field fence — that scored Masters. Houlihan hit a grounder up the middle to plate Campbell, then stole second. Ivan Witt followed with a single to center that scored Houlihan to make it 8-0.
Chanute (8-4, 11-9) scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning and had two runners on with 2 out when Gage Wilson was brought on to pitch. He got the final out and got the Comets out in order in the sixth.
Hunter Freiderich drove in 3 runs with a 2-out, bases-loaded double in the top of the seventh. But Brycen Ellis hit a line drive right at Tiger third baseman Brody Bowles to end the game.
Maters, Campbell, Witt and Brown had 2 hits each for the Tigers.
Tiger seniors Houlihan, Brown, Nick Shelton and Chandler Defebaugh were honored after the game. Then the junior varsity teams played with Chanute winning 2-1.
Finally, there was a presentation for the dedication of two plaques added to the back side of the concession stand at Dave Regan Stadium. One honors those sponsors and individuals whose donations aided in construction of the stadium.
The other plaque lists the recipients of the Tiger Award, given each year to a player who best exemplifies values that go beyond play on the field.
“We didn’t want it to be necessarily the best player but the best teammate,” FSHS head coach Josh Regan said.
“My brothers and I greatest fear was that Dad wouldn’t be remembered. I can’t thank Adam (LaRoche) enough for the stadium, named after him, the award and the statue that looks just like him.”
The first game of the Regional Tournament will be played at 2 p.m Tuesday with Fort Scott facing Spring Hill at 3:30 and the championship at 5. More details can be found on Page 7A.
NOTES — Fort Scott will be the only Southeast Kansas League team in its home Regional. Four of the other six will play in another 4A-I Regional at Labette County. Parsons will host a Class 4A-Division II Regional and Pittsburg is likely to host a Class 5A Regional, something that was to be determined this morning at a meeting in Shawnee....
Chanute............................. 000 020 3 — 5 7 2
Fort Scott.......................... 300 500 x — 8 11 1
WP — Houlihan (3-1). LP — Friederich.
HR — Fort Scott: Michaud (1, 1st inn., none on, none out).