Team Midwest Plains
After some rescheduling due to rain, Midwest Plains and Kansas finally took to Chicago Field at 12:30 p.m. where Midwest Plains would pull through with an 11-4 victory.
Despite a couple of tight spots in the first inning, both teams managed to hold one another for a scoreless first.
In the top of the second, Hunter Heidgertken slammed a three-run home run over the back fence. Heidgertken’s homer put his team on the board for the first time of the game with a three-run lead. MWP kept the bats going, scoring an additional run before 3 came to the plate with two outs. 3 sent the second three-run homerun over the back fence before KS could find their way out of the inning.
As KS headed to bat in the bottom of the second, it was clear to them they needed to get runs on the board to close their 7-0 deficit. However, they couldn’t make it happen and MWP struck out the last three batters with runners on second and third for KS.
MWP came back to the third to score an additional run, but that’s all KS would allow.
Jaden Gustafson came to the plate for KS in the third after Aidan Hallman was walked. Gustafson launched a two-run home run over the fence to put his team back in the game. Trystian Juarez came up next, and launched another ball over the ivy to bring them to an improved five-run deficit.
KS held MWP in the fourth, before coming to the plate and scoring another run themselves – only leaving them behind four runs.
However, a four-run lead wasn’t enough for MWP. They came to the fifth ready to score some runs. Heidgertken hit another RBI, another runner scored on a wild pitch and the 11th run followed shortly.
MWP held KS at four runs for the remainder of the game, bringing them to an 11-4 victory.
The Players of the Game were Calen OConnel for MWP and Jaden Gustafson for KS.