(Avoca) Logan-Magnolia pounced on Exira-EHK right out of the gates and never looked back in their 6-1 district semi-final victory Thursday night. The Panthers move on with a 24-8 record while 9th ranked Exira-EHK is ousted at 21-4.
The Panthers sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning. They grabbed a 3-0 lead with four hits in the opening frame. Brett Greenwood had an RBI single to score the games first run and Austin Haner drove a two out, two run double to right-center field.
Logan-Magnolia would continue the strong offensive start in the 2nd inning with two more runs on two hits and an error. Gabe Holden led off the inning with a groundball to shortstop and reached when the ball took a tough hop on Exira-EHK's Jared Hansen. Brady Charbonneau hit a double to left to put runners on 2nd and third. Wyatt Oviatt walked to load the bases and Brett Greenwood drove them both in with a base hit. Greenwood finished 4-4 on the night with three RBI. Logan-Magnolia's final run came in the 3rd when Austin Haner led off the inning with a base hit and scored on a single by Charbonneau.
It was plenty of run support for starter Brett Greenwood who struck out 10 batters during the course of a four-hitter. Two of the hits were infield singles and at least one other ball was possibly playable, but dropped for a hit. The only run Greenwood allowed was in the 4th when Drew Peppers had an infield hit and took 2nd base on a throwing error. Consecutive balks allowed Pepper to cross home plate. Greenwood didn't walk or hit a batter on the way to picking up his fourth win of the year. He's struck out at least 10 hitters in all four wins.
Zach Kliefoth suffered his first loss all season long on the mound for Exira-EHK. The junior came in with a .86 ERA, but gave up a season high 11 hits. Tyler Jacobsen had two of Exira-EHK's four hits in the game with Kliefoth and Peppers having the other two.
Exira-EHK graduates three seniors: Tate Simpson, Joe Harris, and Trey Sander. Afterwards Spartan coach Tony Petersen Tony Petersen commented on those seniors, how strength of schedule may have influenced this game, and more...
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Underwood will be the district-final opponent for Logan-Magnolia. The two teams split in the regular season. They'll meet in Avoca on Saturday. KSOM/KS95.7 Sports caught up with Logan-Magnolia head man Curtis Hinkle...