Wichita State Shockers

Two KC-area athletes commit to Wichita State baseball

Olathe East shortstop Adam Thies and Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North outfielder Josh DeBacker recently gave Wichita State’s baseball team oral commitments.

Thies (6-foot, 160 pounds) said he also considered Creighton, Austin Peay and Pittsburg State.

“It was an easy decision,” Thies said. “It's a baseball town. Wichita State doesn't have a football team, so the baseball team are the main guys. That's what I really liked about it.”

Thies, who plays for the Mac-N-Seitz Indians in the summer, also liked the demeanor of WSU coach Todd Butler. Thies said he wants to play for a coach who can push his players without screaming.

“The coaching staff, you can tell, they want to win and are competitive people,” he said. “They want to win, but not necessarily by yelling at players.”

DeBacker (6-3, 185) plays center field and bats leadoff for Lee’s Summit North. He earned All-Big Six second-team honors and played on the Missouri Junior Sun Belt team. He said he also considered Bradley and Army.

He is in the International Baccalaureate program at Lee’s Summit North and is considering majoring in international business or engineering at WSU.

“I loved the university,” DeBacker said. “The new coaching staff is awesome. I love the way they are going to be running things. They're focused on your development and with your development comes winning.”

Both athletes said they plan to sign with WSU in November. They will join previous commitments Taylor Goshen, a pitcher from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll, Bishop Carroll catcher Taylor Sanagorski, Rockhurst (Mo.) shortstop Trey Vickers, Manhattan outfielder Bret Fehr, Shawnee Mission East utility player Gunnar Troutwine, pitcher Matt Whalen, from Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Andale-Garden Plain pitcher Tyler Jones, Owasso (Okla.) left-handed pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt and Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek shortstop Jordan Boyer.

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