HASTINGS, Neb. — Gabe Conant helped save the day Thursday for Hastings Five Points Bank — on the mound and at the plate.

He pitched four innings of two-hit relief and delivered the game-winning RBI single to lift the Chiefs to a 7-6, nine-inning win over Kansas champion Emporia in an elimination game.

The victory keeps Hastings (33-14) alive in the double-elimination tournament and ends the season for Emporia (34-4).

Hastings trailed 6-1 before rallying to score three in the fifth and two in the sixth. The game stayed 6-6 until Conant brought home Mason Brumbaugh with a walk-off single to right in the ninth.

“I was just trying to do what I could to score the guy from third,’’ Conant said. “We’d been hitting the ball well all game but were hitting it right at them.’’

Emporia took control by scoring five runs over the fourth and fifth innings. Hunter Groh, who earlier had an RBI triple, drove in two more with a single.

Hastings began its comeback on consecutive RBI singles by JT Cafferty, Josh Brooks and Brumbaugh. The Chiefs got it tied in the sixth on a two-run double by UNO recruit Mike Boeve.

“That was probably the ball I hit the worst and I got a double out of it,’’ Boeve said. “I just wanted to put a good swing on it.’’

Boeve had three hits and was robbed of a fourth when center fielder Cade Kohlmeier made a diving grab.

After Conant set down Emporia in the top of the ninth, Hastings won it in the bottom of the inning. Singles by Brumbaugh, Leif Spady and Jacob Shaw set up Conant’s game-winning hit.

“We’re here to stay,’’ Conant said. “We’ve got our sights set on tomorrow.’’

Hastings moves on to play another elimination game Friday at 1 p.m. at Duncan Field.

Emporia (34-3) ........ 010 320 000 — 6 8 3

Hastings (33-14) ... 001 032 001 — 7 15 0

W: Conant. L: Stewart. 2B: H, Boeve. 3B: E, Groh.


At Hastings (Duncan Field)

Results Thursday

Fremont First State Bank 7, Oklahoma Bandits 4

Hastings Five Points Bank 7, Emporia, Kansas 6 (9 innings)

Texarkana, Texas 5, Sedalia, Missouri 4

Festus, Missouri 2, Bryant, Arkansas 1

Games Friday

1 p.m.: Oklahoma Bandits vs. Hastings Five Points Bank

4: Texarkana, Texas vs. Bryant, Arkansas

7: Festus, Missouri vs. Fremont First State Bank

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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