MOUNDRIDGE—In their second game of the Class 2-1A Regionals in Moundridge on Tuesday, the Inman baseball team nearly put themselves in the regional championship game before losing to No.1 seed Spearville in their final at bat, handing the Teutons a heartbreaking and season ending 7-6 loss.
With the help of a Connor Brown two-run single in the top of the second, Inman pushed across three runs to take an early 3-0 lead before Spearville came back with two runs in both the bottom of the second and third innings to grab a 4-3 advantage just before the halfway point of the game.
While the Teutons added a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game, Spearville came right back with another two runs in the bottom of the inning and took the one run lead into the sixth inning, where Inman pushed across two more runs giving them a one-run lead. Unfortunately, Spearville knocked across one more run in the bottom of the inning to retake a one-run advantage before shutting down the Teutons in the top of the seventh to gain the 7-6 victory and a chance to face Moundridge in the regional championship.
Freshman Jayden Leonhardt was the only Teuton to get more than one hit as he had two, and with sophomore Connor Brown also had two runs batted in. Connor Brown, plus freshmen Carter Brown and Landen Snyder each had stolen bases.
Snyder started the game on the mound for the Teutons, going the first two innings and giving up three hits, three earned runs, walking four while striking out two. Connor Brown came on in relief and threw the final four innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out three.
“Landen (Snyder) and Connor (Brown) combined to pitch well enough for us to get a win,” commented Teuton Head Coach Matt Mikulecky during his coach’s reflections. “I felt pretty good about our chances going into the game based on the improvements I’d seen with our team, the guys have gained a lot of experience over the course of the season and we felt like we’ve seen some of the toughtest competition any 2A school could play, so we weren’t going to be intimidated by playing the number one seed.”
Coach Mikulecky concluded his reflections by adding, “We played with confidence today, which was awesome to see. It was a fun game to be involved with, we just came up a play or two short, but that’s baseball and every play, every out matters. I was very proud of the kids effort today and how they finished down the stretch, though it was heartbreaking to lose such a hard fought game, especially when saying goodbye to our four seniors.”
With the loss, Inman closes out the 2018 season with a 4-18 record, but have much to look forward to for 2019 as they had nine freshman, five sophomores and one junior on the roster that should return while they will lose seniors John Ramey, Dakota Parkhurst, Connor Sivils and Kolton Lare.
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