The road to state was a paved one, with very few speed bumps, for the Doniphan County American Legion baseball team.
Luke Smith led the way to a 15-3 victory with two singles, a double and four RBIs Thursday night against Marysville in the AA Zone Tournament championship game at Sabetha’s Somerset Park.
A big second inning with six runs gave DC an early 6-0 lead that Marysville couldn’t overcome. Reid Greaser drew first blood in the first inning when he ran home on pitcher Nate Gaarder’s double. Cuttar Huss scored on a Luke Smith single, Luke Smith and Wyatt Huss came in on Chris Winkel’s double, Greaser scored again as Gaarder was out at first and Winkel came in on a Wil Smith single.
DC once again pounded the ball in the third inning, scoring four more runs as Wyatt Huss was walked in, Greaser scored on an error, Winkel a wild pitch and Wil Smith on a Winkel hit.
With two outs and bases loaded in the third, Winder came in and shut down Marysville with three pitches for an end to the inning.
Luke Smith’s three-RBI double in the top of the fourth to drive in Winder, Cuttar Huss and Wyatt Huss added some insurance, and Smith ran in on an error to make the final score.
Winder struck out three in an inning and a third, and added a double and a single. Cuttar Huss, Wyatt Huss, Wil Smith and Greaser had singles, Winkel and Gaarder added a double each.
Doniphan County is 29-2 and league champs as they head into the AA State Tournament at Fort Scott, starting Wednesday, July 27, with it’s only two losses to Seneca.
In Doniphan County Junior Legion action, the team fell short at state competition this week at Great Bend. The juniors fell 14-5 to Great Bend and 13-5 to Chanute.