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Eagles Keep Season Alive

Mike Hammett - July 19, 2013 6:14 am

The Salina Eagles Junior American Legion baseball team managed to keep their season alive during play Thursday at the Class A Zone 5 tournament in Newton.

The Eagles defeated McPherson 5-4 and Andover Central 7-6 to advance to the championship game against Newton. The Eagles and Newton will play at 6pm tonight. If the Eagles win, they will play a second game immediately following the first. If the Eagles lose, their season is over. The tournament champion will play in next week’s Class A state tournament in Burlington.

Against McPherson, the Eagles led 5-1 before McPherson scored three times in the sixth inning. In the seventh, the Eagles forced McPherson to strand two runners and held on for the win.

Nash Johnson picked up the win, while Jacob Yarochowicz, Jacob Foster and Trenton Baird had two hits each.

Against Andover Central, the Eagles trailed 6-5 in the sixth, but managed to score twice to take the lead. Baird hit a triple to score Foster, then Tanner Thaxton’s two-out double scored Baird with the go-ahead run.

Yarochowicz picked up the win in relief.

The Eagles are now 13-15 on the season. They are trying to join the Salina Hawks in the Class A state tournament.