TOPEKA – Wellsville escaped a threat in the 7th inning by Rock Creek to capture the Class 3A state baseball championship with a 2-1 victory at Washburn’s Falley Field.
The Eagles entered the inning with a 2-0 lead, but Rock Creek reached base with a leadoff walk and then an error. The Mustangs had runners at second and third with nobody out and Wellsville pitcher Jared Klamm struck out the next batter.
Rock Creek scored its only run on an RBI groundout, but the Mustangs popped out to end the game.
“We played our hearts out,” Wellsville head coach Casey Quinlan said. “We stress pitching in our program and it showed, plus our defense is second to none out there.”
Klamm struck out seven batters and he received a great defensive play from third baseman Andy Dougan. Dougan made a diving stop and threw across the diamond for a putout in the top of the 6th inning.
“Our kids deserve to be number one and a super effort by him diving out there making a play,” Quinlan said. All the kids on the sidelines are saying that’s routine, guess what for us it is routine because that’s how we practice. Super effort by our ballclub. Thank you very much.”