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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Cottonwood Valley takes third at state

  • The Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars wrapped up their season Wednesday with a third place finish in the Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues 13-15-year-old State Tournament in Cherryvale.
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  • The Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars wrapped up their season Wednesday with a third place finish in the Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues 13-15-year-old State Tournament in Cherryvale.
    The All-Stars opened play with a 14-4 loss to Osowatomie Friday, but rebounded Saturday with with a 7-5 win over the Tri-Valley League All-Stars. Sunday’s game against the Independence All-Stars suffered from a lengthy rain delay, but Cottonwood Valley emerged victorious 8-7 off a game-ending suicide squeeze play. Reed Wiens layed down a bunt that scored Kyle Riffel to win the game and advance.
    Next came an 11-4 drubbing of the Mid-State League All-Stars, a team Cottonwood Valley defeated in the District 4 Championships in Galva. CVL totalled 14 hits in the game, with Ethan Loyd leading the way with three singles, three RBIs and a run scored.
    The win over Mid-State put Cottonwood Valley into the semifinals against Spring River, where they fell 8-4.
    CVL held the lead before Spring River scored three unearned runs in the third to go up 3-2, then followed that up with three more in the fourth and a pair of runs over the fifth and sixth innings.
    Cottonwood Valley kept fighting, however, managing two more runs in the seventh, but left the bases loaded.
    “The boys really fought hard the whole tourney and played with a lot of enthusiasm and class,” CVL coach Kelly Nelson said. “The Babe Ruth director praised the boys for the way they played the game the right way and rewarded them with the sportsmanship trophy.”
    Nick Bray worked six innings on the mound before Ryan Grant took over to close out.
    Tanner Klingensmith had three RBIs off two singles for CVL. Grant had a double and an RBI, while Dakota Stimpson had a double, a single and two runs scored.
    “I am so proud of how much these boys have worked to improve themselves the last two years,” Nelson said, “and am looking forward to more in the future.”
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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