Because of recent rains, the games were moved to Wheatland Park in Buhler on Wray Field. Wheatland Park is an all-weather complex with field turf and was open since Buhler played the day before.
The only problem was that the Salthawks bats were silent as AVCT league foe Haysville-Campus was their opponent. Hutch High dropped both games: 9-3 and 11-0.
The Salthawks were competitive in Game 1 and even led 2-1 after 3 innings, but Campus squezed in a run in the top of the 4th and tacked on three more in both the 5th and 6th innings. Errors left the door open for Campus in the 5th and Campus pounded out 11 hits to take the win.
Ryan Leslie was spectacular for the Colts pitching and Campus produced runs with the top and bottom half of the order. Hutchinson scored 3 runs on 6 hits, but committed 2 errors. Ryan Cherry took the loss.
In Game 2, Campus lived up to the name of its mascot as the Colts bolted out of the gates for 5 runs and 8 stolen bases in the 1st inning alone to cruise to an 11-0 win. Campus (16-1) tacked on three more runs in the 6th and two in the 7th as the Colts pounded out 12 hits in the win. Ryan Leslie had 5 RBI including a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Leslie was as impressive at the plate in Game 2 as he was on the bump in Game 1.
Hutchinson (5-13) travels to Great Bend next Tuesday for a double header against the Panthers for one game and the TMP Monarchs from Hays in the other matchup.
Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
HutchPost.com will audio stream both contests from Great Bend as the Salthawks close out the regular season and prepare for regionals. Seedings will be announced on May 8 by KSHSAA.