It was the inning that would not end.
Andover Central's baseball team flexed its dominance against an El Dorado team that came into the Class 4A-Div. I regional tournament with just five wins on the season. The Jaguars hit around the order twice as they pummeled El Dorado for a whopping 14 runs in the opening inning of Monday's championship game. The game was never in contention as Central clinched a berth at the Class 4A baseball state tournament in Salina next week.
"Oh my gosh, that was awesome," coach Grant Bacon said. "...The whole day, 1 through 9 the whole day, we got on base and took advantage of what they gave us."
When Andover Central was moved down to Class 4A at the beginning of the year, the Jaguars were excited to show their opponents how good they could be.
They did just that. In the first inning, Ryan Banwart had a walk and a two-RBI double. Tyler Harris had an RBI triple and an infield RBI single. Kier Stamp drove in a run. Blake Meier had an RBI single and an RBI double. Austin Clark had a two-RBI opposite-field single and an RBI double. Kevin Olney added an RBI.
The only way El Dorado could get a third out was when Brock Shaffer's base hit, which would've driven in another run, hit Olney while he was running the bases.
The rest of the game was a formality. El Dorado's lone hit came in the second when Braeden Henderson got a single to drop. Central pitcher Lucas Milner dominated the Wildcats' lineup the rest of the way.
Central got a walk off RBI base hit to clinch the victory.
Central will advance to State with an overall record of 14-6. Bacon said the Jaguars' are playing better than what their record shows.
"We're clicking when we're supposed to be clicking. I think we'll go into State confident," Bacon said.