Riley County and Rock Creek’s baseball teams still are on track for a meeting in the regional title game.
Both won Monday to move on to the semifinal round of the regional, which will be held Wednesday in Hesston. The championship game will follow the two semifinal matchups.
Rock Creek, the top seed in the regional, had no problems with Smoky Valley, cruising to a 10-0 run-rule victory in five innings at home Monday.
Not only did the Mustangs (18-3) shut out the Vikings, but their three pitchers combined to toss a no-hitter.
Toby Becker, who improved to 7-1, pitched the first three innings, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out five. Mason Sturdy and Aiden Lee both pitched an inning apiece in relief to cap the no-hitter.
Offensively, Jacob Reiss went 1-for-3; but his one hit was a big base knock, hitting a grand slam to push four runs across the plate.
Becker also went 1-for-3, notching an RBI double.
Riley County, the regional’s No. 2 seed, also advanced Monday, beating Council Grove 6-3 in Leonardville.
Starting pitcher Garrett Harmison was credited with the win after throwing 3 2/3 innings. Grayden Jackson also took the mound for the Falcons (17-4), finishing with 45 pitches.
At the plate, Harmison helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run. Avery Holle also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Tristan Kulp scored two runs on a day he went 2-for-4.
Both Rock Creek and Riley County now turn their attention to Wednesday, when both play in separate semifinal tilts in Hesston.
Rock Creek faces the host, No. 5 seed Hesston (11-8), in the first contest at 2 p.m. Riley County follows, taking on No. 3 Southeast of Saline (13-4) in a game tentatively slated to start at 3:30 p.m.
The winners of the two games face off in the regional title game, which will begin at the conclusion of the second semifinal.
No. 1 Rock Creek vs. No. 5 Hesston,
No. 2 Riley County vs. No. 3 Southeast of Saline, 3:30 p.m. (tentative)
Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 5 p.m. (tentative)