Raptors defeat Marysville 5-4 for State bid

The Sabetha Raptors gather for a group photo after winning the Zone AA Tournament Championship game on Thursday, July 25. Pictured are FRONT ROW (L-R) Shane Frey, Jake Longabaugh, Gabe Garber, Brayden Becker, Braden Mitchell, Riley Herrmann and Blake Frey; BACK ROW (L-R) Stan Keim, Sam Keim, Trevor Kramer, Joe Gruber, Braden Argabright, Seth Burdick, Jalen Worthley, Paul Herl, Ryan Wells and Brandon Brownlee.

The Sabetha Raptors faced Marysville on Thursday, July 25, in the championship game of the 2019 Zone 1AA Tournament at Somerset Park.

In an exciting and close game, the Raptors came from behind to defeat Marysville 5-4 and earn a bid to the state tournament in Hays. In the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs, Brayden Becker ripped a double to the left field wall to drive in Jalen Worthley to give the Raptors a 5-4 lead.

The Raptors celebrate after defeating Marysville 5-4 in the Zone AA Tournament Championship game on Thursday, July 25, in Sabetha.

“I came back to play this final year to be a leader and to set an example for the rest of the team,” Becker said. “I like the responsibility of being a leader, and this team plays well together. We feed off of each other, and we all pull for each other.”

The Raptors pounded out seven hits in the contest, with one of those being a two-run home run over the left field fence by Joe Gruber in the bottom of the first inning. That blast from Gruber gave the Raptors the early 2-0 lead that held up until the top of the third inning, when Marysville scored three times to jump out in front 4-2.

The Raptors answered with one run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Worthley, and then the two runs in the bottom of the fifth gave them the lead they never relinquished. Riley Herrmann led the hitting attack with two hits, and Gruber led the squad with a pair of RBIs.

Gruber was on the mound for the Raptors and pitched 5-2/3 innings — giving up five hits and four runs, along with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Braden Argabright came on in relief to face the final batter of the fourth inning, and pitch the last two frames. Argabright fanned four of the eight batters he faced — allowing no hits and no runs.

“It was a tough, gritty game played by both teams,” said Head Coach Paul Herl. “While not always sharp, Joe Gruber showed why you give him the ball at crunch time. Had to work his butt off and gave us 5-2/3 innings of pitching. Once we were finally able to get the lead and Joe was able to get a couple of outs in the sixth inning without allowing any runners, Augie [Braden Argabright] was able to come in and pitch from the windup. I had a good feeling about the game at that point.”

In the first round of the state tournament, the Raptors will play Norton at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31.

vs. Marysville 7.25.2019

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Braden Mitchell

3

Riley Herrmann

3

2

2

Jalen Worthley

3

1

2

2

Blake Frey

3

1

Braden Argabright

3

Braden Becker

3

1

1

Gabe Garber

3

1

1

Joe Gruber

3

1

1

2

Raptors

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Marysville

0-1-3-0-0-0-0 | 4-5-3

Tim Kellenberger119 Posts

Tim Kellenberger serves as Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for The Sabetha Herald since 2004. He specializes in sports reporting and column writing, as well as sports photography. Tim is a Grace University graduate with a dual degree in agricultural economics and human resource management. He lives in rural Sabetha with his wife and has four grown children and two grandchildren.

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