Since Andale-Garden Plain (15-5) baseball coach Chase Boyd took over the program four years ago, the Indians are 67-19 and recently won their fourth straight AV-CTL IV title. The Indians have also locked down the top seed in their Class 4A-Division I regional.
Andale-Gasrden Plain will play in a tough regional with Andover Central, Augusta, Circle and El Dorado.
“It will take a team effort from each player, coach and manager to get through this regional,” Boyd said. “Our goal is not just to make it to the state tournament every year, but to make noise at the state tournament and make sure we’re playing on the second day.”
The Indians lost 3-2 to Augusta in last year’s regional championship. Andale-Garden Plain had been in the 4A-I tournament the previous two years, losing in the quarterfinals each time.
A Maize first – Jake Karst made history in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Newton last Friday. His cycle was the first in the history of the Maize program. He was 4 for 5 with three RBIs after hitting a single, double and homer in the first game.
“I realized I was just a triple shy of completing the cycle when I was on deck talking to a dad outside the fence,” Karst said. “He told me to find the right-center gap and I did.”
Karst is batting .396 for the Eagles (11-5) and will play next season at Johnson County Community College.
Controlling destiny – Derby coach Todd Olmstead describes his team as determined. The Panthers (11-5), who will make up their games with Salina Central on Thursday and a triangular with Southeast and Dodge City on Friday, can be the No. 1 seed in their Class 6A regional with four wins.
The Panthers’ offense has been balanced all year with four players hitting better than .340, led by senior Cody Lichti’s .378. Senior Branson Bishop (4-0, 1.68 ERA) has been the ace for the Panthers, striking out 32 in 25 innings while opponents are hitting .151.
“It’s been a complete team effort,” Olmstead said. “We lost all but one varsity pitcher from a year ago, so that was a question mark for us. Branson and Braden Ash have filled the holes really well and have been a huge part for our success this year.”
Perfect game – Independent’s Luke Boline threw a five-inning perfect game on Wednesday in a 10-0 win over Douglass. Boline improved to 5-0 this spring.