ADAIR — A passed ball allowed what turned out the winning run to score as Kansas nipped Miami 5-4 in the third-place game of the Adair Invitational.
Miami had split games on Thursday, when the tournament was played at Joe Pollock Field.
The Wardogs pounded Keys 15-4 in their first game, but suffered a 9-2 loss to 3A No. 8 Adair in the winner’s bracket semifinal.
Miami (3-11) scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie the third-place game at 4-4.
The Wardogs got an RBI single from Drew Williams and a bases loaded walk to Grant Nolte.
They left bases loaded, and then were retired in order in the sixth, which was the final inning.
Kansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Miami tied the score in the third then the Comets regained the lead in the fourth.
Miami had a scoring chance in the second wiped out by a double play.
In the third, they scratched out two runs on ground balls by Brad Hartman and Conner Womack.
Yoshihiro Shinzato, Brad Hartman, Womack, Williams, Nolte, Hunter Hartman, Gabe McCleary and Caden Folks all had singles for the Dogs.
A walk and three straight passed balls allowed Kansas to get the final run of the game.
Womack suffered the loss. He worked the first five innings, then Williams finished up.
First round: Miami 17, Keys 4
The Wardogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Nolte and RBI singles by Folks and Shinzato.
Miami also picked up runs on an error, balk and wild pitch.
The Wardogs picked up two runs in the second, tacked on a run in the third and rallied for five runs in the fifth.
Clay McCormick delivered a two-run single and Hunter Hartman drove in a run with a base hit.
The Cougars got three runs in the third and its fourth tally came in the fifth inning.
Folks headed up a 16-hit Miami attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Hunter Hartman added a double and single while Shinzato, Nolte, Brant Morris and McCormick had two singles each.
Womack doubled and Maison Neece and Williams singled.
Every starter in the Miami lineup had at least one hit other than Brad Hartman, but he still scored one run and had an RBI.
Keys had only four hits in the game against Hunter Hartman.
Hartman struck out seven and walked one. All four of the Cougars’ runs were unearned.
Semifinals: Adair 9, Miami 2
Adair’s Nick Purcell and Sheldon McCall limited the Wardogs to only two singles, one each by Womack and Folks.
The Warriors went up 6-0 in the third innings and added one in the fourth and two in the sixth.
An error and grounder by Nolte gave MHS its only runs in the fourth inning.
The Dogs left five runners stranded.
They had runners at second and third in the first and had the bases loaded in the fifth but came up empty.
Miami hosts Grove Monday, April 2, then travels to Grove the next day in District 4A-5 play.