WELCH - Scoring big early and late, Welch rolled to a 15-0 victory over South Coffeyville in the championship game of the Class A District 17 baseball tournament here Thursday.
“We played well defensively (turning two double plays), but we had trouble adjusting to their pitcher,” Welch coach Bill Rogers said.
Welch (19-13) had swept both of its district games on Wednesday, beating Copan 10-0 and South Coffeyville 14-3.
South Coffeyville, which lost all four meetings with Welch this season, opened the tournament with a 10-9 win against Copan.
The Wildcats now wait until Monday to learn where they will be sent for regional play.
Austin McKeon, who had missed most of the season with mononucleosis, was stellar on the mound, striking out eight while walking none and scattering two hits.
“He kept the ball down,” Rogers said.
Welch broke out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning then picked up a single tally in the second.
The Cats finally broke the game open in the top of the sixth, scoring nine runs.
Welch sent 12 batters to the plate during the outburst, the key blow a grand slam by Chance Sandusky.
Kyle Chenoweth also had a two-run single.
He had two singles and four RBIs on the day, giving him 28 in his last seven games.
“He's burning it up - he's really stroking the ball,” Rogers said, noting that Chenoweth has struck out just once all season.
Sandusky had a single to go with his homer.
Gabe Moore and Seth Riley had two singles each. Billy Jackson, McKeon and Tyler Sherrick added a single each.
Welch 10, Copan 0
The Wildcats broke out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
They picked up three more runs in the third then kicked in the run rule with a five-run fifth.
Welch collected nine hits in the game.
Chenoweth, who picked up the victory, helped himself by getting two singles while driving in two runs and scoring twice.
Sandusky had a pair of singles and one RBI. He scored three times. Riley also had two singles while driving in two runs.
Billy Jackson had a single with two RBIs and Chism Horton and Sherrick each had a single with one RBI.
Chenoweth (8-4) struck out seven and walked three while yielding only three hits.
Welch 14, South Coffeyville 3
A four-run rally in the top of the second inning broke a 2-2 deadlock. South Coffeyville got a run in the bottom half of the second, then it was all Welch the rest of the way.
The Wildcats got one run in the fourth, two more in the fifth and added a final five in the sixth.
“We have finally come together and are playing well,” Welch coach Bill Rogers said. “We are peaking at the right time. We turned three double plays in the two district games today.”
Riley went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and two RBIs while Sandusky was 3-for-5.
Chenoweth had two doubles and six RBIs.
Brenton Hale, Horton and Sherrick chipped in with a single each.