Playing in the Andover American Legion Classic last weekend turned out well for Wellington as the Dukes advanced to the championship game against the Wichita Dodgers. Post No. 90 got their tournament off to a good start Friday as it posted an impressive 15-0 victory over Emporia.
Trevon Nance pitched three innings in the run-rule shortened contest. He gave up just two hits, both in the second, while striking out five and walking none.
The Dukes took care of business in the first inning, scoring six times. Parke Daugherty led off the inning with the first of his two triples in the game. Austin Dunn singled him in and later stole home on a double steal. Adam Condit scored on an error to make it 3-0, while Andrew Honn knocked in Houston Sober with a base hit. Honn and Jerrod Huck, who had walked, both scored when Daugherty singled in his second at-bat of the inning for a 6-0 lead.
Emporia collected both their base hits in the second, including one to lead off the inning. But that runner was picked off first on a snap throw from Wellington's catcher Jaden Hines to first baseman Conner Burden.
Wellington's bats picked up in the second where they left off in the first as they again batted around. Nance walked with one out, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Burden. Later in the inning, Burden, Sober and Huck each scored on errors. Hines reached on a two-base error by the center fielder, and pinch-runner Ben Dejonnett scored on Daugherty's second triple of the game for an 11-0 lead.
Nance retired the side in order in the third as he struck out the first two batters.
The Dukes wrapped up the game in the third when they scored four runs to create a 15-run advantage. Nance doubled and Burden walked to start the third. A single by Sober chased home one run, and a ground out by Honn plated a second. Huck singled in the third, and the fourth crossed the plate when Daugherty singled.
Everyone who played for the Dukes either got on base or scored a run. Daugherty led the way with a perfect day (4 for 4) at the plate with two triples, a run scored and four RBI. Huck had just one hit, but he scored all three times he reached base.
Following its opening game victory, Wellington posted wins over Andover and the Wichita Aces to win its pool. The Dukes lost 8-4 in the championship game against the Wichita Dodgers.