HUTCHINSON – The crescent moon was a symbol of how much it looked like the Hutchinson Monarchs had left in the tank before the end of the ninth inning after Isaac Kim of the Haysville Aviators hit a solo homerun to take the lead 3- 2.
Kim jostled the crowd of Monarchs as he walked through the plate.
But the moon, good thing, was a crescent crescent, denoting increased enlightenment. As shown throughout the season, the Monarchs have been up to the task and shown that they still have some juice left.
Late in the 10th with the bases loaded and an exit, Young passed down midfield for the sacrifice volley to lead Cal Watkins for the decisive race to win 4-3 over the Aviators in extra innings Tuesday at Hobart-Detter Field.
“It’s a good win,” said Monarchs head coach Deron McCue. “We had a day off yesterday. We went out, they gave us two points right off the bat, and we weren’t really in the game, but that happens after a day off.”
The Monarchs are now 2-0 on the year in extra innings.
There was a stretch from the fifth to the ninth inning where the Monarchs failed to hit a hit. This was ultimately broken with two strikeouts in the ninth. Following Easton Loyd’s withdrawal from Monarch and Carter Young’s strikeout, Tanner White unleashed a right-field shot that bounced off the fence for a standing brace and an even point on base. Then, Cooper Harris tore a single down center field that allowed White to score after a bad pitch from the Aviators, tying the game at 3-3.
“It’s just focus,” McCue said. “They beat the last two innings, and we were (happy) enough to get a win.”
At the top of the 10th, Carson Cornelius came into play for the Monarchs on the Mound. As cool as ice, with runners in the first and second row, Cornelius called out Kim and Traelon Yarbrough to head down the inning tied and the momentum returned to the Monarchs’ side. Cornelius won the victory.
The game was delayed to begin after the referees were not scheduled, leaving the game to be refereed by Hutch CC assistant baseball coach Toby Cornejo until the third inning.
The Monarchs’ next series will be against the Cheney Diamond Dawgs, who are 18-9 in conference and just behind the Monarchs, who are 19-8 in conference. The series kicks off Friday July 16 at the Cheney Sports Complex with the first pitch at 7 p.m. before switching to Hobart-Detter on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Next, the Diamond Dawgs and Monarchs will face off on Monday at Eck Stadium in Wichita State for the Sunflower Showcase. The remaining two games in the series will be Tuesday in Hobart-Detter at 7 p.m. and Wednesday back in Cheney, also at 7 p.m.
“It’s a big streak,” McCue said. “We have 10 games left in the conference. The (316 Sluggers) are going to be finished on the 15th. So we know where we need to be. They have played as many games as anyone, but we have our work cut out for us. . Newton is no slacker. They beat the Sluggers the other night … We’ll have to be ready and we’ll have to bring the intensity. “
McCue on four former Monarchs selected in MLB Draft
The Hutchinson Monarchs have seen four former players hear their names called out in the 2021 MLB Draft in the past few days.
Sam Houston State’s Colton Cowser and Jack Rogers, Wichita State’s Aaron Haase and Hutchinson Community College’s Austin Callahan were selected in the MLB Draft. Cowser was selected fifth overall by the Baltimore Orioles while teammate Rogers was selected in the ninth round and 270th overall by the Cincinnati Reds. Haase was taken in the 17th round and 495th overall by the Detroit Tigers, and Callahan was called up in the 18th round and 540th overall by the Reds.
“It’s great for our organization,” said McCue. “We have good players here. I really don’t do much. It’s just good talent. I give them the opportunity to play here, and the good ones take advantage. Those who are there to improve take It’s good that they come over here, and they’re a monarch. We always say, “Once you’re a monarch, you’re still a monarch.”