OTTAWA – The Atchison Senior A’s extended their season for at least one more day with a 10-7 win against Leavenworth on Tuesday night in the zone tournament.
Atchison built a 9-0 lead before coasting to victory the final two innings.
The A’s scored twice in the second inning to get things going as Hunter Wahwahsuck singled and Augie Scholz was hit by a pitch. Wahwahsuck scored on a wild pitch and Scholz was driven in by Ayden Black with two outs.
Atchison struck big in the third, aided by two walks, a single by Austin Bonnel, another hit batter and an error. The A’s led 6-0 after three innings.
That lead was extended to 9-0 in the fourth. Kevin Scott drew his second walk, followed by free passes to Adam Smith and Marcus Denton. Bonnel drove in two with a single and Denton scored on a wild pitch.
James Boatwright made the lead stick on the mound. He cruised through four innings before finally giving up two runs in the fifth. He pitched five innings, recording 11 strikeouts.
Smith relieved Boatwright in the sixth and the A’s added an insurance run in the top of the seventh for a 10-2 lead.
Possibly losing its focus, Atchison allowed Leavenworth to get back in the game in the bottom of the seventh. A walk, an error and three straight hits scored four for Leavenworth before the A’s turned a double play. Another walk and another error allowed a fifth run to come in, but a strikeout ended the game with Atchison in front 10-7.
“They came out great,” said Coach White. “I thought we did well through five (innings). I think we slowed down and fell off a little bit. If you’re up 9-0, you’ve got to be able to finish.”
Leavenworth was eliminated with the loss as Atchison moved to Wednesday’s do-or-die game with a trip to the American Legion AAA State Tournament on the line.
The A’s will play the loser of Tuesday night’s Ottawa/Oskaloosa game. Atchison will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in Ottawa. The winner will advance to Great Bend for the state tournament, which begins Wednesday, July 27. The loser will pack up its gear until next year.
With such high stakes, White is ready to go to any pitcher on his roster.
“We have plenty of arms,” he said. “If we have to, we’ll use everybody.”