Inman falls in state baseball opener

By Steve Sell
May 29, 2015

GREAT BEND — There’s deceiving scores and then there’s deceiving scores like Pittsburg Colgan’s 19-6 victory over Inman on Thursday in the first round of the Class 2-1A State Baseball Tournament.

The game was tied at 6-all through five innings before the defending champions ripped off an eight-run sixth inning, then tacked on five insurance runs in the seventh.

The plate seemed to move around on the Inman pitchers, who combined to walk 14 Panthers.

Colgan led 4-0 early before the Teutons struck for four runs in the third and even took a 6-5 lead at one point. The game seemingly settled down until the disastrous sixth inning.

The Teutons also committed five errors and uncorked six wild pitches.

Blake Druecker and Ryan Snow stroked doubles for Inman, which managed just six hits in the game. Snow, the Teutons’ top hitter on the year, was credited with three RBIs on a bases-clearing double.

Inman, which started seven seniors, finished its season with a 12-11 record as it won the regional championship last week by upsetting No. 1 seed and state ranked Little River, 6-2.