Coach Pete Logan
Battling back from an early deficit, the Gardner-Edgerton High School baseball team exploded for 11 runs over the last three innings of their home contest against Ottawa High School to claim a 14-4 win on Senior Night. The Trailblazers’ 14 runs on 16 hits improved their season record to 11-5.
The Blazers started the scoring festivities in the bottom of the first after their leadoff hitter, senior outfielder Colten Cassida battled back from an 0-2 count to earn first base with a walk. Three pitches later, GEHS junior outfielder Dayvin Johnson scorched a triple off another 0-2 count to the left centerfield wall, scoring Cassida and giving the Blazers a 1-0 lead after one inning.
However, the Cyclones were able to push across two runs off Blazer miscues in the top of the first and claim a 2-1 lead. The visitors made the lead 3-1 in the top of the 3rd when senior 1st baseman Cameron Reynolds’s sacrifice fly scored junior right fielder Chase Blumer from 3rd.
GEHS struck back to even in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With one out and Johnson on 1st base, Trailblazer sophomore 3rd baseman Hayden Dyer walked and moved Johnson to 2nd. One out later, senior shortstop Corbin Schrack smacked a single that scored Johnson, and a Cyclone throwing error on the play allowed Dyer to score, making it 3-3 after 3 complete.
Blazer senior pitcher Logan Green kept the Cyclones off the board in the top of the 4th, leading the game’s pivotal home half of the inning.
With one out, Cassida notched an infield single then moved to second when Johnson was walked behind him. Dyer earned his second walk in a row to load the bases, and then senior catcher Gage Gulley pushed across the go-ahead run on an infield single, making it 4-3 GEHS. Schrack followed with a single to center that scored Johnson and kept the bases loaded. Senior outfielder Dakota Jackson followed Schrack with a single of his own to center — pushing across Dyer, keeping the bases loaded and making the score 6-3. Senior first baseman Logan Anderson earned the next RBI when he was hit by a Cyclone pitch, scoring the run and again keeping the bases loaded. One out later, senior 2nd baseman Dylan Mabrey added to the scoring output when he was hit by a pitch and drove in Schrack. After 4 innings, the Trailblazers led 8-3.
Ottawa seemed to create some momentum in the top half of the 5th inning as they put their first two batters on base at 1st and 3rd with no outs. However, the Trailblazers executed a Schrack to Mabrey to Anderson 6-4-3 double play to get two outs while only allowing one run. Schrack made a quick reflex snag off a liner from the bat of Reynolds to end the visitors’ at bat.
The Blazers used their momentum from their defensive stand to propel their offense in the bottom half of the inning. Johnson led off the inning with a walk and then moved to second on a Dyer infield single. Gulley then smoked the first pitch he saw to the outfield wall, clearing the bases and making the score 10-4. Gulley then scored on an infield single from Schrack, and the lead was 7 runs at 11-4. A Jackson walk gave the Blazers runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. Anderson cleared the bases when he slammed a triple to the wall, making the score 13-4. Senior designated hitter Lucas Sanford then skied a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Anderson and giving GEHS a 14-4 win on Kansas State High School Activities Association run-margin rules.
The Trailblazers had several offensive standouts on the day. Anderson went 2-for-2 with a triple and 3 RBIs and was 4-for-4 in plate appearances, while Schrack was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Gulley was 2-for-4 from the plate with 3 RBIs, while Johnson was 1-for-2, with a triple and an RBI, and got on base safely in 3-out-of-4 of his plate appearances. Cassida was also 1-for-2 in his at-bats and 3-for-4 in his plate appearances, while Jackson had the same line but also added an RBI. Dyer, for his part, was perfect in at-bats and plate appearances, going 2-for-2 and 4-for-4, respectively.
Green earned the win on the mound for the Trailblazers, while GEHS senior Landon Cain allowed just one run in two innings of relief.