Marysville Falls Early In Legion AA State Tournament


The Hays Monarchs would take a first round win over Marysville in the State AA Legion Baseball Tournament all the way to the title. One strike away from first round elimination Wednesday, Hays rallied for a pair of seventh inning runs to tie the game, winning in eight 5-4. The loss pitted Marysville against Beloit in the second round, which Marysville lost 16-6, ending Post 163’s season at 24-9.

Hays went on with wins over Garnett and Iola, only to face Iola a second time for the championship. Iola had fought back through the losers bracket, and took Hays 14-10, forcing a second game for the title, which Hays won Sunday 8-4. The tournament was played at Cleo Feldhausen Field in Marysville.

Doniphan County 5, Hoisington 0
Garnett 6, Beloit 1
Hays 5, Marysville 4 (8 innings)
Iola 6, Russell 5

Beloit 16, Marysville 6
Hays 8, Garnett 3
Iola 7, Doniphan County 6
Russell 17, Hoisington 7

Beloit 5, Doniphan County 4
Hays 7, Iola 4
Russell 10, Garnett 8
Russell 11, Beloit 3

Hays 8, Iola 4
Iola 8, Russell 3
Iola 14, Hays 10

Hays qualifies for regionals in Wahpeton, North Dakota next weekend.


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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.