SEDALIA -- The Helias Crusaders wrapped up the regular season Thursday with a 9-3 win against the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers in Central Missouri Activities Conference baseball action.
Helias never trailed in the game, leading 8-0 after five innings.
The Crusaders scored twice in the first when Brandon Scheulen hit a two-out triple to plate Jaden Kolb and Sam Wyrick, who drew consecutive walks to start the game.
Helias added single runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Billy Underwood singled to score Drew Miller. In the fourth, Cole Stumpe scored on an error on a ball hit by David Hofherr.
The Crusaders broke the game open with a four-run fifth. Scheulen led off with a single before scoring on a double by Underwood. One out later, Luke Cavender singled to score Underwood.
Stumpe then singled to advance Cavender to third before he scored on a sacrifice fly by Kolb. Wyrick then tripled to center to score Zach Wieberg, who came on to run for Stumpe, to make it 8-0.
Smith-Cotton got on the board with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Helias got that one back in its half of the seventh when Carson Gettinger drove in Cavender with a grounder to short.
Smith-Cotton scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
Stumpe had three hits in a 14-hit Helias attack. Wyrick, Scheulen, Underwood and Cavender all had two hits.
Nate Roark got the win for the Crusaders. He allowed three hits and struck out three in three innings. Cole Peters pitched the fourth and fifth innings, walking two while striking out fourth. Cole Scheulen and Brandon Scheulen both pitched an inning of relief.
Smith-Cotton ends the regular season at 7-24 overall, 1-5 in the conference.
Helias (14-8, 4-2) is the No. 3 seed in next week’s Class 5 District 5 Tournament at the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex. The Crusaders open against sixth-seeded Warrensburg at 5 p.m. Monday.