The All-Stars, comprised of eight players from Hillsboro, three from Chase County and two from Marion, opened the eight-team state tournament with wins over Derby and Stevens County before losing to Liberal.
In the loser’s bracket, the All-Stars beat Stevens County a second time in a game that ended at 1:30 a.m. Monday. The victory put the All-Stars in the finals for a rematch against undefeated Liberal that began only eight hours later.
Liberal built a 10-4 lead before rain stopped play. Considering the wet conditions, and the fact that the double-elimination format would require the All-Stars to defeat Liberal twice to win the title, tournament officials called the game and awarded the championship to Liberal.
The state tournament field also included teams from Paola, Osawatomie, Wellington and Fort Scott.
Three players from the CVL All-Stars made the all-tournament team: Jorge Hanschu, Evann Heidebrecht and Kaden Kleiner.
As the top two teams in the state tournament, Liberal and the CVL All-Stars qualified to compete in the Cal Ripken regional tournament in Alliance, Neb., July 26-30.
The regional champion will advance to the Cal Ripken World Series in Maryland beginning Aug. 9.
The CVL All-Stars qualified for the state tournament by winning the District 4 tournament in Lyons, July 2-7.