If you were looking for a terse pitching duel, Klein-Scott Field was not the place to be Tuesday night during the finals of the Class A, Zone 6 Tournament.


If you were looking for a terse pitching duel, Klein-Scott Field was not the place to be Tuesday night during the finals of the Class A, Zone 6 Tournament.

The Andover Jaguars and Clearwater kept slugging away at each other during the entire game. When the dust settled, Clearwater claimed an 11-10 win to advance to the state tournament beginning Tuesday in Salina.

“This was just a great game of baseball, “ Clearwater manager Jess Tracy said. “We fought hard. We had a few errors, but that’s to be expected at this level. Other than that, it was just great baseball. We didn’t even want to think ahead to a second game. Andover has a great team. We knew we had to take care of business here.”

Clearwater finished the tournament unbeaten.

Heath Brandyberry claimed the win for Clearwater in relief of starter Chad Riebenspies. Brandyberry also finished three for four hitting. Dylan Stroot went two for four. Riley Budd went three for five. Brandon Cotter drew three walks with a single, scoring three runs.

Andover was led by Austin Griffin, who went four for four hitting. Ryan Banwart and Austin Clark each went two for three. Banwart took the loss on the mound in relief of starter Lucas Milner.

After four lead changes in the first five innings, Andover took a 9-7 lead. Clearwater scored two runs in the top of the sixth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly by Ian Woods.

Clearwater opened the seventh with a pair of walks. After a Brandyberry sacrifice bunt, Riebenspies hit a triple to score both runs.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Andover got singles from Blake Meier and Griffin. Kier Stamp hit a deep fly ball to center to score Meier. A strikeout ended the game.

Clearwater opens state play against the Zone 7 winner (Hays, Great Bend, Dodge City, Ness City and Larned).

“We play in the first game of the tournament,” Tracy said. “You have to win that first round and you have to win that second round. You have to try and stay out of the loser’s bracket. State really tests your pitching depth. We were fortunate that we only needed to use four pitchers in the zone. That means we’ll be fresh.”

Baseball isn’t finished at Klein-Scott Field as the Class AAA, Zone 6 Tournament begins at 6 p.m. today with the Newton Senior Knights facing the McPherson Drillers. The Newton Junior Knights begin Class A, Zone 5 play at 4 p.m. today in Augusta against Harvey County rival Sedgwick.