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Helias 10, Blue Springs 5

Trevor Schnieders of Helias pitched the first six innings Friday afternoon to get the win in a 10-5 decision against Blue Springs in the opening round of the Capital City Invitational.

After watching nine Wildcat batters come to the plate in the top of the seventh after moving to center field, Schnieders needed just three pitches to get the final out to get the save in his own victory.

“I’m not sure if he could get a win and a save in the same game, but he deserves it,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said.

After allowing a run in the top of the first inning, Schnieders got stronger as the game went on. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out nine in the first six innings, then ended with game with his 10th K.

“Some pitchers it takes some time to get into a rhythm and when Trevor found it, he was on,” Wyrick said. “We didn’t want to bring him back in to try and save his arm a little bit, but we needed him and he got the job done.”

Helias scored five runs in the bottom of the first on four hits, two walks and two Blue Springs errors. The Crusaders added two runs in the second and another in the third to take an 8-1 lead.

Single runs in the fifth and sixth made it 10-1 before Blue Springs scored four runs off two Helias relievers in the top of the seventh.

The Crusaders finished with nine hits and got seven walks from three Wildcat hurlers. Cole Distler, Jordan Backes and Schnieders had two hits each. Backes also had two RBI as eight different Crusaders drove in runs.

It was Helias’ (5-2) fifth straight victory heading into Friday night’s semifinal against Rockhurst (6-0) at Vivion Field.

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