Olathe’s Fernando Madrid is airborne as he heads towards home last Saturday in Cedaredge. Cedaredge catcher Greg Edgington focuses on where he wants to tag Madrid as the distance between the two athletes closes. Madrid was out.
The Olathe Pirates were more aggressive at the plate and outhit Cedaredge 9-4 to score a 7-1 3A WSL victory over the Bruins in game one of a doubleheader played on Saturday in Cedaredge. The Pirates made it a sweep with a 17-6 win in game two.
The two wins moved Olathe into sole possession of second place with post-season play just around the corner. Olathe finished the regular season at 14-4 in league play and 14-5 overall. The Bruins fell to 12-6 and 12-7 and finished fourth in the competitive 3A WSL. Hotchkiss and Rifle finished their seasons tied for the league title with 16-2 and 17-2 marks.
Olathe 7, Bruins 1
Willy Corey went the distance for the Pirates in game one and hit a home run in the first inning to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Bruins picked up a single run in the second after Sterling Rose singled to get on and Sam Williamson doubled to drive him in.
In the top of the third, Olathe's Fernando Madrid laced a double to start the inning and scored on a Bryce Markley double to make the score 3-1 heading to the fourth.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Olathe mounted a three-run fifth that included three hits and an error allowing Ben Kaylor to reach base to begin the inning.
Olathe scored once in the sixth for the game's final score of 7-1.
Cedaredge finished with four hits in the game with Peter and Sam Williamson hitting doubles for the Bruins. Olathe got two hits each from Jason Armendariz, Madrid and Markley.
Drew Beach took the loss for Cedaredge.
Olathe 17, Bruins 6
Olathe started the scoring in the second inning with two runs and added five more in the third for a 7-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Cedaredge exploded for six runs to trail by one going to the fourth.
The Pirates got the bats going again in the top of the fourth and plated five more runs to take a 12-6 lead.
Five must have been their lucky number as the Pirates added five more runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to make the final tally 17-6.
Kaylor picked up the win for Olathe after going six innings and giving up only five hits (all singles) to the Bruins. Olathe pounded out 15 hits, including home runs by Madrid and Josh Pietak. Markley was four-for-four with four RBIs for the winners.
Pairings for post-season play have not been determined at this time. The state seeding committee has issued a statement that pairings will be released on Wednesday. For more infomation on those pairing contact the appropriate schools for further details on Wednesday. Both Olathe and Cedaredge will take part in post-season play as the top six teams from the 3A WSL advance.