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Blue Dragons Fall to Johnson County, Season Ends

Blue Dragon baseball falls to Johnson County 12-2 in five innings in the Plains District Tournament elimination game on Thursday in Manhattan. (Steve Carpenter/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
By Hutchinson CC Sports Information
MANHATTAN
– After surviving one elimination game of the Plains District (Region VI) Tournament on Thursday, the Hutchinson Community College baseball team saw its season end on Thursday night at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Blue Dragons were held to just two hits and Johnson County erupted for 10 runs in the second inning as Hutchinson fell 12-2 in five innings in the Blue Dragons’ second game of the day.

Earlier on Thursday, 

Ben Dandelet

 tossed a complete game in a 5-2 elimination game victory over the Butler Grizzlies, which made the Blue Dragons the lone-remaining Jayhawk West team in the tournament.

Leading 1-0 through one inning, the Blue Dragons used three pitchers to get out of the tough second inning in which Johnson County sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on six hits, including two home runs.

Starting pitcher 

Luke Hornberger

 (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, going 1 1-3 inning. 

Kaden Wickersham

 and 

Brady Beverman

 also pitched the second inning. 

Reed Scott

 worked 1 2-3 innings of perfect relief with two strikeouts.

The Blue Dragons took a 1-0 lead with a two-out walk to 

Sterling Sutcliffe

 and a double by 

Ryan Henderson

 to the left-center field gap.

Hutchinson’s second run didn’t come until the fourth when 

Jack Torosian

 was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch. Torosian scored on 

Bryce Logan

‘s sacrifice fly to right field.

Henderson and Logan tallied the only hits for the Blue Dragons.



The Blue Dragons were four games under .500 on March 15, but closed the season winning 31 of their final 43 games to finish the season 38-23.

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