CVL 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

The 12-and-under Cottonwood Valley League All Stars finished second at the Cal Ripken state tournament July 15, qualifying for the regional tournament in Nebraska next month. To make it to state, the team finished second in the District 4 tournament in Lyons July 2-7. Members of the CVL team came from Hillsboro, Marion and Chase County squads.?Pictured are: back row (from left) coach Clint Potucek, coach Ryan Kleiner, Wesley Shaw, Hunter Griffin, Kaden Kleiner, Hunter Groh, Jorge Han?schu, manager Jayson Hanschu; front row, Arlen Sigel, Joseph Knoll, Avery Unruh, Brooks Gardner, Jarred Rahe, Justin Kohlman, Evann Heidebrecht, Caleb Potucek. The 12-and-under Cotton?wood Valley League All-Stars baseball team qualified for regional competition by placing second at the Cal Ripken state tournament in Wellington July 15.

The All-Stars, comprised of eight players from Hills?boro, 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.

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