WYANDOTTE — Wyandotte crushed the Kansas Comets 12-0 in three innings Thursday evening to cap off Day 1 action at the Wyandotte High School baseball tournament.
Along with the Bears, Verdigris, Neosho, Mo., and Seneca, Mo., all won first round games.
Verdigris topped Gentry, Ark., 6-2 in the opening game of the tournament. Neosho then thumped the Arkansans 21-0 in Game 2. Seneca took Game 3 from the Comets 14-4 before the Wyandotte-Kansas finale.
The Bears (3-3) scored three runs in the first, seven in the second and closed out the game via the run-rule with a two-run third.
In the Wyandotte first, Michael Weisinger led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Poindexter. The sophomore then scored on a passed ball for a 1-0 WHS lead.
Tyler Kauffman scored the second run of the inning after gaining the base paths via a Comet error and crossed the plate on the second Kansas’ miscue of the inning. Shane Vandenburg walked and scored on a RBI single by Andy Lyons for the three run advantage.
Singles by Weisinger and Jerry Pettus along with two walks fueled the seven-run second for the Bears. Brycen Johnston accounted for one RBI on an infield single before Lyons stroked his second RBI safety of the game.
Kurtis Young pushed the final two runners across the plate with a two-RBI single up the middle, giving the Bears a 10-0 lead.
Wyandotte closed out the Comets in the third after back-to-back singles by Pettus and Kauffman started the inning. Brant Clapp, running for Pettus, scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Vandenburg.
Vandenburg stole second and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring the game-ending run on another Comet passed ball.
Weisinger, Pettus and Lyons paced the Bear hitters with two each, while Kauffman, Johnston and Young collected one hit each in the nine-hit attack.
Poindexter picked up the win from the mound after allowing one hit, while striking out four of the 11 batters he faced.
Today’s schedule includes two games. In the White Pool, Neosho takes on Verdigris at 4 p.m., and in a Black Pool matchup, Seneca will play the host Bears at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule includes games at 11 a.m., semifinal action at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the third place game at 5 p.m. and the championship tilt at 7 p.m.