13-year-old CVL team wins state Babe Ruth title


Members of the state champion CVL All-Stars team are: front row (from left), Grant Srajer, Bret Voth, Jared Hague, Tyler Busenitz; back row, manager Alex (Casey) Case, Dylan Seacat, Troy Higgs, Grif Case, Austin Pedersen, Zach Robson, Jacob Harper, Taylor Heidebrecht, coach Brad Seacat, Luke Steele, coach Kelly Robson.

The CVL All-Stars completeded an undefeated run through the 13-year-old Babe Ruth state baseball tournament in Ottawa, July 31 through Aug. 3, to claim the championship trophy.

The CVL defeated Stevens County by run rule, 14-5, in the first game of the tournament, capitalizing on 14 hits in four innings.

Taylor Heidebrecht went 4-for-4 from the plate. Dylan Seacat pitched a seven-inning complete game and was named MVP. Jacob Harper won the ?Wow? award for defense.

In Game 2, the CVL defeated the Cimarron River All-Stars, 8-2, behind a complete-game four-hitter by pitcher Grif Case. Case was named game MVP and Zach Robson received the ?Wow? award.

In Game 3, the CVL defeated the host team and tournament favorite, Ottawa, 7-3. Austin Pedersen, the game MVP, pitched five innings and Dylan Seacat pitched the final two. Third baseman Luke Steele received the ?Wow? award.

In the championship game, the CVL faced Stevens County for the second time. Case pitched the first five innings, allowing one run on three hits as the CVL took a 5-1 lead.

Seacat closed things out with two scoreless innings of relief. Pedersen and Heidebrecht both went 2-for-3 from the plate.

Case was named game MVP and Steele picked up another ?Wow? award at third base.

In the four games, the CVL gave up only nine runs and walked only eight batters.

The CVL All-Stars earned the right to represent Kansas at the Midwest Regional in Burlington, Iowa, this past weekend. Their first game was Aug. 8, against Nebraska.

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