At this rate, Seneca High School might need to place an order for a new trophy case.
In a year filled with district titles, the school must make room for one more as the Indians hammered Monett 10-2 to win the Class 4, District 11 Tournament at the Seneca Baseball/Softball Complex on Tuesday.
This one was decided in the second inning. After Monett starter Aaron Patton got two quick outs in the bottom of the second, the Indians (20-4) were sparked with a single by senior Marty Mailes, and things quickly got out of hand for the Cubs.
A veteran team, the seniors kept it rolling as Kyler Ng punched a two-run single to make it 2-0. Colton Webber then singled to move Ng to third and stole second. Mailes, up for the second time in the inning, later walked with the bases loaded to force in a run and Cade Cornett punched a single with the bases loaded to drive in three. The inning ended on the play, however, as Cornett was thrown out at third base. Cornett was credited with two RBIs on the play while another scored on an error before he was thrown out.
Like that, the Indians pushed across eight runs in the inning — all of which scored with two outs.
“It’s been a fun year so far, but as you can see with our celebration, our kids aren’t done,” Indians coach Chris Yust said. “They want more. They don’t want to go home.”
A team built for the postseason, that showed on Tuesday as the arms of Payton Rawlins and Dalan Merriman kept the Cubs from making any noise while the bats continued to put pressure on Monett’s best arms.
“The kids did a great job with the quality at bats,” Yust said. “They’ve really bought in to having a quality at bat up and down the lineup. It’s experience. These guys have been out there since their sophomore years battling. It’s finally paying off for them this year.”
Perhaps that experience has helped in more ways than one, as most of the players on the baseball team experienced postseason success in other sports this year. Whether it has made any differene is debatable, though one thing is certain — they’re battle tested.
“There’s (postseason) experience with football, basketball and now baseball,” Yust said. “It really does help.”
The Indians almost ended the game early after two runs in the fourth gave them a 10-0 lead, but Monett scored two in the top of the fifth to extend the game. Merriman came on in relief of Rawlins that inning and shut down the Cubs the remainder of the way.
Page 2 of 2 - At the plate, Ng and Cornett both had two hits and two RBIs, while Webber finished with two hits and an RBI. Marty Mailes had one hit and two RBIs and Cole Lankford added a hit.
The Indians will host sectionals against the winner of Nevada/Warrensburg on Tuesday with the game time still to be determined.