CVL 12-and-under team 1-2 at regionals

The 12-and-under Cottonwood Valley League All Stars finished with a 1-2 record at the Cal Rip?ken Midwest Regional Baseball Tournament, July 27-29, in Alliance, Neb. During the tournament ceremony, the team marched in carrying the Kansas flag. Pictured are: front (from left) Evann Heidebrecht, Arlen Sigel, Justin Kohlman, Caleb Potucek, Jarred Rahe, Brooks Gardner; back row, coach Ryan Kleiner, Joseph Knoll, Jorge Hanschu, Wesley Shaw, Hunter Griffin, Kaden Kleiner, Hunter Groh, Avery Unruh, coach Clint Potucek and manager Jayson Hanschu. The 12-and-under Cottonwood Valley League All Stars finished with a 1-2 record at the Cal Rip?ken Midwest Regional Baseball Tournament in Alliance, Neb., July 27-29.

?The team represented Kan?sas, Marion County and all of the CVL very well at the tournament,? said manager Jayson Hanschu.

The All-Stars won their first game against Scottsbluff, Neb., 11-1, then lost 9-4 in the second game to Park Hills, Mo., which went on to win the tournament and is now headed to the World Series in Maryland Aug. 9.

The All-Stars lost their third game, 11-1 to LaJunta, Colo., which went on to place fourth.

The other teams in the eight-team regional were: Liberal; Waite Park, Minn.; Lamar, Colo.; and Alliance, Neb. Liberal took second and Waite Park claimed third.

The tournament began with pool play followed by a bracket tournament for the top two teams of each pool. In CVL?s pool, Missouri took first and LaJunta second.

In the other pool, Liberal claimed first and Minnesota second. Liberal defeated LaJunta, and Missouri defeated Minne?sota. In the consolation game, Minnesota defeated LaJunta, and Missouri defeated Liberal in the championship.

?The CVL team had an amazing run this post season,? Hanschu said.

The team won the district tournament in Lyons, then placed second at the state tournament in Wellington to qualify for the regional tournament.

The four runs CVL scored against Missouri were the most scored against them in any post-season game this year, Hanschu said, and the LaJunta game was a lot closer than the 11-1 score indicated. Three All Stars hit home runs at regionals: Jorge Hanschu, Wesley Shaw and Hunter Griffin.

?The team really seemed to come together and play as a unit,? Hanschu said. ?The Lord blessed these players with some talent, and they used it to the best of their ability to play hard and honor him during the tournaments. This was an amazing journey these players took over the last month. We coaches were honored to be part of it.?

Hanschu said he was thankful for all the families of the players.

?They were so supportive of the players and the team during this three-tournament post-season journey during July,? he said. ?We developed some real friendships during the last month and created some memories that will last a lifetime.?

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