BY JIM MISUNAS
KINSLEY — A trio of Great Bend Chief pitchers combined for a no-hitter in the opening victory in a doubleheader baseball sweep over the Kinsley Southwest Sox 11-1 and 9-3 Wednesday.
Starter Colin Hall (4-2) struck out seven batters in three innings and relievers Layton Holden and Calan Haberman each struck out the side.
The Chiefs (19-13) play Hoisington at 6 p.m. Sunday in a home doubleheader. Great Bend will start AAA zone play July 20 at the Great Bend Sports Complex.
CHIEFS 11, KINSLEY 1 (G1) — Chiefs Townshend Kurth and Carson Smith each drove home two runs. The Chiefs scored seven unearned runs.
Kurth singled home Haberman and Carson Smith singled home Kurth for a 2-0 lead. Kinsley’s Bryce Herrmann scored on a first-inning error.
Haberman singled home Christian Zahnter in the second inning. Carson Smith scored on a hit batter and Hall scored Zahnter’s third-inning sacrifce fly. Alex Schremmer scored on Carson Smith’s fourth-inning single.
Kurth singled home Schremmer in a five-run fifth inning. Riley Smith, Nahum Olivas, Jayce Kohls and Kurth wscored on errors as Kinsley’s defense misfired.
Kinsley’s batters struck out 13 times. Kellen Herrmann and Dylon Haselhorst grounded out for Kinsley’s only two balls put into play.
CHIEFS 9, KINSLEY 3 (G2) — Haberman and Schremmer each drove in two runs to spark a 10-hit attack. Kurth (5-4) earned the victory and struck out six batters. The Chiefs overcame six errors that gave Kinsley three unearned runs.
Riley Smith doubled home Hall in the second inning. Holden doubled home Zahnter, Olivas and Holden scored on errors and Joey Soupiset scored in a four-run fourth inning.
Schremmer’s two-run single scored Soupiset and Haberman in a four-run sixth inning. Kohls and Schremmer scored on passed balls.
Kinsley's Kellen Herrmann scored two runs and Bryce Herrman scored one run on Chiefs’ errors. Daniel Fagan singled for Kinsley's lone base hit.
GB Chiefs 212 15 — 11 7 2
Kinsley 100 00 — 1 0 6
Hall, Holden (4), Haberman (5) and Carson Smith. Rhodes and Bowman. W—Hall, 4-2. L—Rhodes.
GB Chiefs 010 404 — 9 10 6
Kinsley 000 102 — 3 1 1
Kurth, Soupiset (4), Schremmer (5), Riley Smith (5) and Hall. Kellen Herrmann, Fagan (5) and Bowman. W—Kurth, 5-4. L—K. Herrmann. 2B—GB—Carson Smith, Riley Smith, Schremmer, Holden.
GREAT BEND CHIEFS SCHEDULE (19-13)
WW—Kinsley Southwest Sox—13-0, 10-0
WWWW—Liberal Tournament (Canon City, Colo. 11-1; Liberal JV 10-1; Liberal FR. 8-0; Liberal 18s 4-2)
LLLL—Barton Tournament (The Barn 0-8; 316 Elite 4-6; Arsenal 7-14; Grays Baseball 3-4)
WW—Dodge City—8-7, 6-5
WL—Salina Falcons—5-2, 5-11
WWWW—Topeka Tournament (Kansas Senators 12-6; Ottawa 3-2; Rossville 6-5; Hays AAA Eagles 8-0)
L—Hays AAA Eagles—2-4
LL—Hays AAA Eagles—2-11; 5-6
WLLL—Salina Tournament (McPherson 9-10, Topeka Senators 10-4, Millard (Neb.) North 0-15; Salina Falcons 4-6)
WL—Dodge City—11-0, 1-2
L—Salina AAA Falcons—1-8
WW—Kinsley SW Sox—11-1, 9-3
7-20-22—AAA Zone Tournament, Great Bend (Hays Eagles 28-6, , Beloit 9-2, Salina Falcons 16-10-1, Great Bend Chiefs 19-13, Nickerson 5-4, Hutchinson Colts 15-15)
7-31/8-4—AAA State Tournament, Hays