The Sedgwick Cardinals American Legion baseball team made its state tournament debut on a hot, muggy Tuesday afternoon at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina against the Atchison Junior A’s.


The Sedgwick Cardinals American Legion baseball team made its state tournament debut on a hot, muggy Tuesday afternoon at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina against the Atchison Junior A’s.

About the only thing hotter than the weather was Cardinal pitcher Logan Thompson, who struck out 13 in a 9-1 complete game win. The game was halted after six innings on the eight-run rule.

“You just have to throw strikes,” Thompson said. “My curveball was working pretty well. I just had to keep my focus. (Getting an early lead) was big. That really helped to relax me. It was a little tough (with the weather).”

“Every big game, he’s pitched for us,” Sedgwick manager Shawn Tucker said. “It was no different today. In a tournament like this, you have to do everything you can to stay out of the loser’s bracket.”

The Cardinals face Hays at 6 p.m. today in the championship quarterfinals. Hays scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to edge Clearwater 3-2.

“Preparing for someone you don’t know is a crapshoot,” Tucker said. “That’s why you go with your ace. We know nothing about them. We’ll put someone else out there and hopefully have the same result.”

This is Sedgwick’s second season of summer play, it’s first as a Legion team. Sedgwick beat Newton in the zone finals in Augusta to advance to its first state tournament.

“You just have to keep the players grounded,” Tucker said. “You don’t want them too wide-eyed. They have to understand this is a big game. The bottom line is it’s still baseball.”

Thompson allowed four hits and walked two.

At the plate for the Cardinals, Tyler Jacobs was two for three with two RBIs. Greer Chandler was two for four with an RBI.

No Atchison player had more than one hit. Sam Cooney took the loss for the Junior A’s, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Cody Calhoun finished the game.

An Atchison error in the top of the first led to a pair of Sedgwick runs. Thompson struck out his first six batters with one runner reaching base on a wild pitch.

Two walks and four singles in the top of the fourth led to two more Sedgwick runs. Thompson, Chandler and Dalyn Anderson each had an RBI single in the inning.

Atchison put two runners on base with no outs in the bottom of the fourth, but Thompson struck out the side to end the threat.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Brian Scott was hit by a pitch, went two bases on wild pitches and scored on a Calhoun sacrifice fly.

Sedgwick used three hits, a hit batter and an error to score three runs in the top of the sixth.

“We were aggressive on the bases today,” Tucker said. “When we get an opening, we take it. We’re no different than any other team. We managed to score on a couple of errors. We know what it feels like to be on the other end of that.”