KETCHUM — Fifth-ranked Ketchum threw up a roadblock in Quapaw’s run at a trip to the Class 2A state baseball tournament.
The Warriors (28-6) rolled to a 14-1 win in the championship game Saturday, May 4, for their second straight trip to the state tournament.
Quapaw battled back through the losers bracket.
The Cats beat Wyandotte 4-3 in a nine-inning marathon, but fell 14-3 to Ketchum in the winner’s bracket final.
The Wildcats won another nail biter against Wyandotte, 3-2 in the consolation finals.
The Bears (20-13) eliminated Oklahoma Union 6-4 in a consolation game.
Ketchum squeezed out a 7-5 win against OU in the other first round game.
Ketchum 14, Quapaw 1
Kody Starks went the distance, throwing 79 pitches over five innings, for Ketchum.
He scattered five hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Quapaw’s only run came in the first when Jonas Gregory doubled, Rex Burkybile was hit by a pitch and Nick Hemphill delivered an RBI single.
The Warriors countered with two in their half of the first, got another two in the second and broke the game open in the third with an eight-run burst.
Ketchum sent 11 batters to the plate in its eight-run rally that included a two-run single Troy Attom and a solo homer by Trevor Vanpool.
Hemphill had two singles for the Cats (14-13), who also got a double from Gregory and a single each from Tanner Daniels and Dakota Case.
Vanpool delivered a double and homer while Noah Edwards collected a double and triple.
Quapaw 3, Wyandotte 2
Quapaw jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third then the Bears tied the score in their half of the fourth.
Burkybile had a two-run double that gave the Cats the lead for good, but Wyandotte threatened in the top of the seventh.
Brendan Cooper and Cade Lofland had singles to get one run home, but Gregory got two outfield flies to end the game.
Gregory was Quapaw’s offensive leader with two singles.
Kale Thomasson and Burkybile doubled and Jordan Carolus, Hemphill, Matt Lovell and Ethan Mate all singled.
Jordon Burney collected two singles and Ryan Cooper, Mike Lawson, Cole Dixon, Lofland and Brendan Cooper all had a base hit.
Gregory went the distance. He fanned six and walked two.
Ketchum 14, Quapaw 3
Another eight-run rally, this time in the sixth kicked in the run rule for the Warriors.
A two-run double by Colton Johnson was the big hit for Ketchum, which got three runs via errors and another on a bases-loaded walk.
Edwards held Quapaw scoreless until the fifth, when it got all three runs.
The Cats’ only hits were a double by Gregory and singles by Hemphill and Case.
Johnson had two doubles and a single and Vince Vaughn contributed three singles.
Mickey Thompson had a double and single while Hunter Chandler and Vanpool had two singles each.
Wyandotte 6, Oklahoma Union 4
After going scoreless in the first two innings and falling behind 3-0, Wyandotte scored twice in the third and fourth and added single tallies in the fifth and sixth.
The Bears made the most of five hits in the game.
Burney picked up a triple and double, Ryan Cooper had two hits and Ethan McLaughlin added a single.
Burney struck out eight and walked two over seven innings.
Quapaw 4, Wyandotte 3
Hemphill singled home the winning run with two out in the bottom of the ninth.
Carolus reached on an error and Burkybile singled.
Wyandotte tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Burney.
Quapaw’s eight hits included two singles each by Carolus and Burkybile and a single each from Gregory, Hemphill, Lovell and Chris Durbin.
The only hits for the Bears were a double by Burney and a single each by Ryan Cooper and Brendan Cooper.