MOUNDRIDGE — The Inman Teutons were oh so close to pulling off a major stunner in the Moundridge Class 2-1A Regional Baseball Tournament on Tuesday.
The Teutons had No. 1 seed Spearville on the ropes for much of the semifinal game before succumbing, 7-6.
Inman took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but Spearville responded with three straight innings of two runs. The Teutons did score a run in the fourth and two in the sixth.
“I felt pretty good about our chances going into the game based on the improvements I'd seen with our team,” Inman coach Matt Mikulecky said. “The guys have gained a lot of experience over the course of the season and we felt like we've seen some of the toughest competition any 2A school could play, so we weren't going to be intimidated playing a No. 1 seed.”
Landen Snyder and Connor Brown, who will anchor the pitching staff next year, both threw well as the Lancers managed only seven hits.
“We played with confidence today, which was awesome to see,” Mikulecky said. “It was a fun game to be involved with, we just came up a play or two short of possibly coming out on top. That's baseball, every play and every out matters. I was very proud of how the kids' effort today and how they finished down the stretch. It was heartbreaking to lose such a hard-fought game, especially when saying goodbye to your senior baseball players. We'll miss Dakota Parkhurst, Kolton Lare, John Ramey and Connor Sivils.”
Jayden Leonhardt led the Inman offense by going 2 for 3 with a couple of RBIs. Connor Brown had two RBIs as well and Carter Brown added another RBI.
Inman finished the year 4-18.