Raptors fall just short of title game

The Sabetha Raptors were within a half an inning of playing in the Kansas American Legion Baseball AA/AAA State Tournament championship game held in Hays on Saturday, Aug. 3, but fell just short.

The Raptors had advanced to the semi-final contest against Hays and led the entire contest. The Raptors had taken a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Hays rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to bring to an end the incredible season the Raptors had put together.

The Raptors – who finished the season with a 34-3 record – entered the tournament with a 32-1 record and had defeated Norton and Russell and lost to Iola before matching up against Hays in the final day of the tournament.

Game One

The Raptors met Norton in the opening game of the tournament for both teams on Wednesday, July 31, and defeated Norton in three innings with a 15-0 dominating win.

Joe Gruber was on the mound for the Raptors and held Norton to no runs on just one hit, while striking out six batters and giving up two walks. The Raptors pounded out nine hits on their way to scoring 15 runs. Norton surrendered 10 walks and, at one point in the contest, hit three batters in succession.

Gabe Garber and Braden Argabright led the offensive attack for the Raptors, with Garber collecting three hits and three RBIs and Argabright picking up a pair of doubles while knocking in a pair of runs.

7.31.19  RAP, 15 – NOR, 0

Batting

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Braden Mitchell

2

1

2

Seth Burdick

2

2

1

1

Riley Herrmann

1

1

1

2

2

Trevor Kramer

1

Jalen Worthley

1

1

2

Blake Frey

2

2

Braden Argabright

2

2

2

2

Braden Becker

1

2

2

Gabe Garber

4

2

3

3

Joe Gruber

2

1

2

Raptors  3-1-11 | 15-7-0

Norton  0-0-0 | 0-2-3

Game Two

In the second game of the tournament, the Raptors met Russell on Thursday, Aug. 1. In much the same fashion as the opening game, the Raptors took advantage of 15 walks and an error to run away with a 17-1 victory.

The Raptors pounded out 10 hits on their way to jumping out to a 14-0 lead after two innings. Riley Herrmann led the attack with a single and a double and one RBI in the four-inning contest.

Brayden Becker was on the mound for the Raptors and pitched two innings, facing the minimum six batters and striking out four. Jalen Worthley came on in the bottom of the third inning and gave up one run on two hits, three walks, and three strikeouts in two innings. Gabe Garber came on in relief to strike out the last batter of the game.

8.1.19  RAP, 17 – RUS, 1

Batting

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Braden Mitchell

2

1

1

2

Seth Burdick

3

1

1

2

Riley Herrmann

4

3

3

2

Trevor Kramer

2

Jalen Worthley

2

3

1

1

2

Shane Frey

2

Blake Frey

2

1

1

2

3

Braden Argabright

1

2

1

1

2

Braden Becker

1

1

1

2

3

Gabe Garber

3

2

2

2

2

Joe Gruber

4

1

2

2

1

Raptors  6-8-0-3 | 17-13-1

Russell  0-0-1-0 | 1-2-2

Game Three

On Friday, Aug. 2, game three found the Raptors up against Iola, and Trevor Kramer was on the mound. Iola jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Raptors tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.

Iola came right back with three more runs in the top of the second inning and at the beginning of the fourth inning went up 5-3. The Raptors closed within 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but that would be as close as they would get as Iola scored four runs in the top of the seventh to close out the game and come away with the 9-4 victory.

Kramer gave up seven runs on six hits with seven walks and three strikeouts and left the game in the top of the seventh after walking the first batter. Blake Frey came on in relief and gave up a couple of runs on four hits and a couple of walks and an error. The Raptors had eight hits, with Braden Argabright leading the attack with a pair of singles.

8.2.19  RAP, 4 – IOL, 9

Batting

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Braden Mitchell

2

Seth Burdick

3

1

Riley Herrmann

3

Jalen Worthley

4

Blake Frey

3

1

1

Braden Argabright

4

2

Braden Becker

3

1

1

Gabe Garber

3

1

1

1

Joe Gruber

3

2

2

2

Raptors  1-0-2-0-1-0-0 | 4-7-4

Iola  1-3-0-1-0-0-4 | 9-10-3

Game Four

The loss to Iola placed the Raptors in second place in Pool B, and their next contest would be against the winner of Pool A — Hays — at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The Raptors needed to defeat Hays to play in the title game later on Saturday.

Brayden Becker was on the mound for the Raptors and turned in a stellar performance. Becker pitched 4-2/3 innings and left the game after back-to-back walks in the bottom of the fifth. He allowed two runs on just two hits, six walks, and four strikeouts.

Braden Argabright came on in relief in the bottom of the fifth and held Hays to four hits, two walks and three runs.

The Raptors outhit Hays 7-6 in the contest, but the two hits by Hays in the bottom of the seventh were the deciding factor in the game.

The Raptors fell to Hays, 5-4, concluding the Sabetha season with a 34-3 record.

The Raptors were led by Gabe Garber, who collected a pair of hits that resulted in two RBIs.

8.3.19  RAP, 5 – HAYS, 4

Batting

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Braden Mitchell

3

1

1

Seth Burdick

3

1

Riley Herrmann

3

1

1

Jalen Worthley

2

1

Blake Frey

4

1

1

Braden Argabright

3

1

Braden Becker

3

Gabe Garber

4

1

2

2

Joe Gruber

2

1

1

Raptors  1-2-0-0-1-0-0 | 4-71

Hays  0-0-1-0-1-0-3 | 5-6-2

Tim Kellenberger105 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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