The regional first round series between the Dodge City Conquistadors and the Neosho County Panthers will go down to a decisive third game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cavalier Field.
The Conquistadors routed the Panthers 10-2 in Saturday's first game, while Neosho County had a four-run sixth inning hold up for a 4-2 decision in the second game of the series to force the deciding third game.
Ross Vance closed out his home career by pitching eight innings and giving up only one unearned run, four hits and a walk while striking out four. Vance will be playing at West Virginia next season.
The Panthers (30-24) didn't help themselves in the first game with eight errors.
Spencer Bedwell went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Conqs (32-22) in the first game, while Chris Ramsey knocked in three and Haden Houska two in the win. Eight of the nine Conqs had a hit in the opener.
Neosho County took the early lead in the second when Bobby Wernes opened the inning by reachig base on a fielding error and went to second on a throwing error as the Conqs still tried to get the runner out at first. Werner then scored on a wild pitch.
The Conqs scored four runs in the bottom of the second. Parker Jones opened with a single and later scored on a passed ball; Jerry Lacayo reached base on one error and scored on another; Ramsey's groundout brought the third run and Houska scores on a throwing error in trying to get Conner Koepp out at second on a stolen base.
Dodge City scored again in the sixth on a RBI sacrifice bunt by Ramsey and a RBI double by Koepp. The Conqs scored four more in the seventh on a RBI double by Bedwell; a run-scoring groundout by Houska; a RBI single by Ramsey, who scored the fourth run of the frame on a balk.
The final run for the Panthers in the opener was a RBI groundout by Evan Smith.
Chance Sinclair was the losing pitcher for Neosho County. Sinclair threw six innings and gave up seven hits and six runs (three earned) while striking out two in suffering the decision on the mound.
Dodge City took a 2-0 lead after four innings on a RBI sacrifice bunt by Connor Ross and Jones scored in the fourth inning from third base on a balk called on Jon Furlong.
Neosho County scored their runs in the sixth on a Dodge City error, a balk issued by Jagger Harjo, and two runs on a sacrifice bunt by Smith as Jones was late on a throw going home which allowed the second run.
Harjo threw a complete game, but was the losing pitcher for the Conqs. The righthander gave up three hits, a walk, and four runs (one earned) while striking out nine in the contest.
Page 2 of 2 - Furlong also threw a complete game for the Panthers to earn the win. He gave up nine hits and two earned runs while striking out five in his nine innings of work.