Sabetha It was only fitting that the two starting pitchers faced each other in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and the game on the line.
Eudora’s left-handed starter Bryan Dudley had just ripped a double down the right-field line off Doniphan County starter and southpaw Colin Greaser in his last at-bat in the bottom of sixth. Dudley then stole third and stole home on a double steal to pull Eudora within a run.
But in the seventh, with the tying Eudora run at second and the go-ahead-run at first, Dudley fell behind two strikes. But Dudley didn’t bite on two of Greaser’s nasty sliders and evened the count. Greaser, though, delivered one more slider that broke under Dudley’s swing, and Greaser notched his 16th strikeout to earn a complete-game 3-2 victory over Eudora in the first round of the AA Legion state baseball tournament Thursday at Somerset Park in Sabetha.
“You try to put the kids in a situation to win, and sometimes it just doesn’t happen,” said Eudora assistant coach Paul Houle, who filled in for head coach Shaun Edmondson, who had to miss the game because of jury duty. “Their kid threw a good game. He deserves credit. He had 16 strikeouts on us, so anytime you have 16 strikeouts, it’s tough to move guys and get guys on and try to score. He deserves credit for throwing a great game.”
Eudora will play the Ottawa-Pratt loser at 10 a.m. today. Doniphan County (23-8) will play the Ottawa-Pratt winner at 6 p.m.