HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Hutchinson Monarchs are the 2020 Sunflower Collegiate League Champs by earning two wins on Friday night over the SCL Sunflower Seeds 4-0 and 8-2.
Friday nights first game was a continuation of a game that was part of a double header from Wednesday night that mother nature called to a halt. The game started in the 4th inning scoreless. Hutchinson's Austin Callahan hit a "no doubter" home run that sealed the deal in game one.
In the second game of the night, the Monarchs had scored an unearned run in the third to lead 1-0 until Hutchinson scored 2 runs in the 6th, 2 in the 7th on Callahan's 2nd two run homer for the night. Clayton Chadwick pushed his hitting percentage to .400 by going 2 for 3 and scoring 2 runs.
Liam Eddy picked up the win in relief as the Monarchs platooned several pitchers over the course of 9 innings.
Hutchinson's 17-1 home record is the best since 2016. This is the Monarchs first Sunflower Colligiate League Championship.
Hutchinson (28-6) now advances to the 86th Annual NBC World Series that starts on Monday at both Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson and Eck Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University. The Monarchs first game in the 13 team, double elimination tourney is Tuesday night at 6pm. Tickets are available for purchase at nbcbaseball.com.