UDALL — Udal High School freshman Aubrey Eilers stroked a walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday as the top-seeded Lady Eagles staved off an upset attempt at the hands of the fourth-seeded South Haven Lady Cardinals with a 7-6 victory in the semifinals of the South Central Border League Tournament.
South Haven senior Tiffany Liersemann gave the Lady Cardinals (12-7) a 6-4 lead with a three-run triple in the top of the seventh inning.
Upset in WJL
OXFORD — The No. 2-seeded Oxford Wildcats will have to settle for the third-place today at the Broadway Recreation Complex in Winfield after an 8-1 upset Monday at the hands of third-seeded Cedar Vale/Dexter in the semifinals of the Walter Johnson League Tournament.
The Spartans (14-5) meet top-seeded West Elk (15-3) for the championship.
Senior Javen Killman combined with Arik Artherton on a three-hitter for Cedar Vale/Dexter.
Mother Nature calls
Arkansas City High School’s pitching staff took care of the Winfield Vikings in the first game of their home-and-away series Tuesday afternoon at the ACHS Sports Complex.
Mother Nature took care of the rest.
Garrett VanDeventer and Owen Bucher combined on a five-inning, one-hit shutout, leading the Bulldogs to a 12-0 victory in the first game Tuesday — that was supposed to be played Monday.
Thunderstorms moved into the area early in the second game, prompting a lightning delay before the game was canceled.
A sloppy game likely was to be expected with sloppy conditions Tuesday afternoon that forced the second game of a home-and-away series between arch rivals Arkansas City and Winfield to be moved to the ACHS Sports Complex.
In the end, the Lady Bulldogs — visitors for a day — scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh and held on to defeat Winfield 9-8, sweeping the two-game series.
WICHITA — Thunderstorms cut short golf play Tuesday afternoon at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League D-III and VI Championships at Rolling Hills Country Club.
WHS sophomore Jacob George captured the Division III title, firing a 36. George defeated runner-up Hayes Schmid of McPherson by one stroke.
It’s been three years in the making, but Arkansas City High School senior Berett Hollis has one final shot to repeat as KSHSAA Class 5A singles champion at the State tennis meet.
Hollis captured the singles championship Friday at the Class 5A Regional Championships at the Louderback Family Tennis Center on the campus of ACHS.
ACHS sophomore Pierce Klaassen punched his ticket to the Big Show with a fourth-place finish.
Senior exchange student Mathis Mueller will end his high school career with a berth in the State tourney.
Mueller and sophomore Patrick McGee finished sixth in doubles play, right where they were seeded.
CHANUTE — Winfield High School junior Gavin Crowe punched his ticket to the Big Show for the third consecutive year with a fourth-place finish Friday in singles action at the Class 4A Regional Championships at Chanute High School.
Sweep of Campus
The Arkansas City High School Lady Bulldogs rolled double sixes Friday against visiting Haysville-Campus, sweeping a nonleague doubleheader against the Lady Colts, 6-2, 6-1.
In the opener, junior shortstop Chevelle Sartin reached base four times for the Lady Bulldogs.
Freshman second-sacker Braylee Ruyle slammed a three-run home run in the first, and first baseman Emilee Wells, a junior, added an RBI with a single in the sixth.
Shutout for O’Toole
HAYSVILLE — Arkansas City High School junior Hunter O’Toole tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout Friday at Haysville-Campus, leading the Bulldogs to a 10-0 spanking in the opener of a nonleague doubleheader.
The Colts took the nightcap 9-3.
O’Toole (4-0) struck out two and did not walk a batter in the five-inning gem.
On to Nationals
TOPEKA — The No. 11-ranked Cowley College softball team bounced back from a loss to Hutchinson on Saturday at the Region VI District E Tournament to win three straight games Sunday, including two wins against Hutchinson in championship games to qualify for the NJCAA Division II Championships, set for May 17-20 in Clinton, Miss.
The Lady Tigers opened the double-elimination tourney Saturday with a 4-3 win against Neosho County. However, a 6-2 loss to Hutchinson placed the backs of the Lady Tigers squarely against the wall.
Facing elimination, Cowley bounced back Sunday with a 7-2 victory against Labette to set up the rematch against the Lady Blue Dragons.
Because Hutchinson had no losses in the tourney, the Lady Tigers needed to win back-to-back title games to advance.
They were up to the challenge.
Cowley knocked off the Lady Blue Dragons 4-1 in the first title game, then shut out the suddenly-reeling Dragons 6-0 in the second title game.
Cowley freshman Logan Wenzel (26-3) tossed all 35 innings in the pitching circle at the tournament and allowed only four earned runs.
The Cowley College baseball team used strong performances on the mound and at the plate Friday and Saturday to blast Seward County 15-1 and 12-2 in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament at City Ball Park.
With the sweep of the best-of-three series, the Tigers (39-16) advanced to the NJCAA Division II District E Tournament.