The Atchison Senior A’s held the early edge in Thursday’s zone rematch against Oskaloosa, but it would be Oskaloosa that held the edge when it mattered most.
After beating Oskie 5-2 in the first round of the Class AAA Zone Tournament, the A’s lost 10-5 to the same team on Thursday, ending their season with an 11-12 record.
The A’s were up 3-2 going into the fourth inning on the backs of an RBI triple by Harry Trotter, but Oskie came alive. Two walks, two singles and a double plated four runs for the visitors, chasing Trotter, Atchison’s starting pitcher, from the game.
Atchison responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to close the gap. Quentan Reichart singled and Jake Schmidt worked a walk. Both runners scored on an error to make the score 6-5. It was the closest Atchison would come the rest of the game.
Oskie added four runs in the sixth inning to give itself a five-run cushion. Two more walks added to the rally; A’s pitchers gave up eight free passes in the game.
“When you score five runs you usually have a good chance of winning,” said Atchison Head Coach Chuck Trotter, “but not when you walk eight people. They tried, but we had way too many walks. I thought we had momentum in the beginning of the tournament, but if baseball made any sense, it wouldn’t be baseball.”
Atchison’s last gasp came in the bottom of the seventh. Lane Fry doubled and Reichart singled, but the threat fizzled without a run.
The loss ended an A’s season riddled with injuries. A number of players dealt with physical ailments, and three ended up in casts at one point or another.
“We just had too many injuries,” Trotter said. “We had three kids in casts. All things considered, it was a successful year. I’m sorry we didn’t go to state, but at least we won one in zone.
“Give credit to Oskaloosa for making it through the loser’s bracket to qualify for state.”
The loss was Atchison’s second in the zone tournament; the A’s lost to Ottawa on Wednesday. Oskaloosa went on to defeat Chanute in the final game of the tournament on Thursday night, grabbing the second qualifying spot for state. Ottawa was the zone champion after beating Atchison and Chanute.