Local team qualifies for state, finishes 12-4

Front row (kneeling) left to right….Coach Jayson Hanschu, Garrett Helmer, Jess Philpott, Caleb Potucek, Arlen Sigel, Luke Lanning, Jaxxon Hanschu. (Not pictured – Blane Bernhardt.) Back row (standing) left to right…..Coach Gene Lanning, Seth Lanning, Matthew Potucek, Kaden Kleiner, Hunter Hein, Braedon Mercer, Landon Roberts, Jorge Hanschu, Coach Tyson Kendrick. Photo provided by Jayson HanschuThe 18U Marion County/CVL Senior Babe Ruth baseball team finished the regular season with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. They had plans of playing 23 games, but due to some scheduling conflicts and the rains of mother nature, they only were able to get in 12 regular season games. The Kansas Babe Ruth District 4 Tournament was held in Haven, KS July 5-7.There were five teams in the tournament. Along with Marion County/CVL, also competing were Abilene, Lyons, Haven, and Hesston.

Marion County/CVL opened the tourney with a tough 8-5 loss to Hesston. However, the gritty CVL squad fought their way back to the championship game by defeating Haven 16-7 and Hesston 6-5 in thrilling come from behind/walk-off fashion. That put Marion County in the ‘sudden death one game winner take all’ championship against undefeated Abilene. Abilene got off to a fast 5-0 start against CVL after just one inning of play. However that was all the CVL team would allow, as Marion County used stellar pitching and hot bats to end up run-ruling Abilene 22-5 after four innings to take the championship.

With the district tourney win, Marion County did qualify for the state tournament in Columbus, KS July 10-15. However, due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, they will not be participating in the tournament. So the squad finished the summer season with an overall record of 12- 4. The team was based out of Hillsboro, but consisted of players from Hillsboro, Peabody, Marion, and Cottonwood Falls.

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