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Torkelson Carries Dragons to Sweep of Fort Scott

Pitcher Chase Torkelson reacts after getting the final out of the seventh inning in Thursday’s 10-2 Blue Dragon win over Fort Scott in Game 2 of the Region VI Opening-Round Series at Fort Scott (Steve Carpenter/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
By Hutchinson CC Sports Information
– Sophomore 

Chase Torkelson

 tossed a career-high 7 1-3 innings to power the Hutchinson Community College baseball team to a Region VI Opening-Round Series sweep of the Fort Scott Greyhounds on Thursday.

Behind a strong effort from Torkelson on the mound and a three RBI game from shortstop 

Bryce Logan

, the Blue Dragons defeated Fort Scott 10-2 in Game 2 to complete a sweep of the Greyhounds at Lions Field.

The Blue Dragons (36-21) advance to the eight-team double-elimination Central District Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Tointon Stadium on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan. The 10th-seeded Blue Dragons will play No. 2 seed and Jayhawk West champion Barton at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Fort Scott ends its season 32-26.

The Blue Dragons extended their season-long winning streak to eight games with the opening-round sweep.

Torkelson walked the first Fort Scott batter he faced, but immediately erased that miscue with a line drive double play to 

Ben McLaughlin

. After a second first-inning walk, Torkelson retired 11-straight Greyhounds and didn’t allow a hit until Blake Wilson’s one-out single in the fifth inning. Torkelson gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Blue Dragon starter improved to 5-4 on the mound this season with a career-best 7 1-3 innings. He allowed just four hits, all singles and struck out a career-high eight batters.

Kaden Wickersham

 got the final five outs to finish the sweep.

The Blue Dragons scored 10 or more runs for the eighth consecutive game. The Dragons out-hit Fort Scott 8-7. The Dragons took advantage of nine walks and a season-high five Blue Dragons getting hit with pitches.

Leading 1-0 after three innings, Logan smacked a three-run triple down the left-field line to take a 4-0 lead. Logan scored on a 

Cade Baker

 sacrifice fly to left to build a 5-0 lead after four innings.

The Dragons built a 7-0 lead in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk to McLaughlin and Baker scoring on a Sutcliffe fielder’s choice.

After Fort Scott pulled within 7-2, the Blue Dragons scored three insurance runs in the ninth after a Baker sacrifice fly, a 

Kael Babin

 RBI single and a McLaughlin ground-rule RBI double gave the Dragons a 10-2 lead.

Logan had another big offensive game to lead the Blue Dragons, going 2 for 3 with a double, triple, three runs and three RBIs. For the series, Logan went 5 for 7 with four RBIs.

Braedyn Sommer

 was 2 for 5 with a run scored.

McLaughlin’s ninth-inning double extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.