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CH baseball comes up short in title game

By The Herald Staff | 5/8/2013

IOLA — Two unbeatens and state-ranked teams battled for the Pioneer League championship Tuesday in Iola. Central Heights came up short in its 7-3 loss to Iola.

Jordan Horstick pitched six innings with three strikeouts.

IOLA — Two unbeatens and state-ranked teams battled for the Pioneer League championship Tuesday in Iola. Central Heights came up short in its 7-3 loss to Iola.

Jordan Horstick pitched six innings with three strikeouts.

“He had his breaking ball working good,” Central Heights coach Jason Brown said. “He hit his spots and kept the ball down low. He took his first loss of the season. We made some good plays on defense, they just had some timely hits.”    

Central Heights finished with eight hits with two of them for extra bases.

“We hit the ball pretty hard the whole night,” Brown said. “A lot of them were just right at them. They have a real good defensive team.”

On Monday, the Vikings opened the Pioneer tourney with wins over Anderson County (12-0) and Osawatomie (1-0).

Trever Burkdoll tossed a complete game in the win over Osawatomie. He had seven strikeouts in the two-hitter.

“He was in command the whole game,” Brown said. “He had good velocity and mixed up his pitches well.

“Going into the seventh inning, coach Doug North and I had already decided we were going to leave it in the hand of Trever since he was a senior and one of our leaders. He got the job done.”

The Vikings scored the only run in the first inning. Central Heights had three hits.

“It was enough to get us the win though,” Brown said. “We made some huge defensive plays. One was a deep line drive to the right center gap that Adam Pryor tracked down and made an excellent catch.

“There was runner on first base that was stealing and Adam his cutoff man Chase Brown who made a good relay to first base for a double play.”

Jordan Smith tossed a three-hitter against the Bulldogs.

“We got ahead in the game and took care of what we needed to,” Brown said. “I was glad we did not overlook Anderson County they are a young team that has improved as the year has went on. We were solid defensively and did a good job at the plate.”

Central Heights (17-1) is the second seed in the Burlington regional. The Vikings received a first-round bye and will play 4 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of West Franklin-Wellsville in Emporia.

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