Andale/Garden Plain, Augusta fight to biggest 4A doubleheader
The regular season is complete for many of the Wichita area’s top high school baseball and softball teams.
Regional brackets have been released. Here is a look at the teams your favorite school must get past to reach state.
Campus has had one of the best seasons in all of Kansas high school baseball. The Colts, with an outstanding hitting lineup and two All-Metro selections from a year ago, will be the favorite in Class 6A after finishing third last year.
Wichita West dropped from the No. 4 seed and hosting a regional tournament to No. 7 and going on the road to Lawrence Free State. The Pioneers suffered a sweep in the final day of the regular season to undefeated Bishop Carroll.
Although Wichita North has had one of its best seasons in recent history, the Redskins must get past the No. 3 team in Class 6A, Lawrence, in the first round.
Derby has had an up and down season after finishing third in Class 6A last year. The Panthers will look to surprise at Gardner-Edgerton.
Bishop Carroll is the only undefeated team of all Wichita area team sports programs this spring. The Golden Eagles have the No. 1 defense and No. 2 offense in Kansas’ top three classifications.
Northwest will look to show the strength of the Wichita area, likely going against two teams from Western Kansas in Hays and Great Bend.
Goddard and Maize has the potential to be the most exciting regional championship game in the Wichita area.
Eisenhower has had a massive turnaround season and will likely face the defending Class 4A-Division I champion Arkansas City for the right to go to state.
Trinity Academy reached its first state tournament since 2014 last year. The Knights will be the favorite of all Class 4A West teams to get back.
After starting strong, Circle’s momentum has died off. The Thunderbirds will look to recapture it in regionals.
Buhler has cruised through the regular season with few hiccups. The Crusaders reached state last year but look even strong in 2019.
Andale/Garden Plain missed out on state last year but has a good shot after earning a hosting seed.
All of the Wichita area’s top Class 3A teams will converge for one state tournament spot. Even the No. 7 seed Halstead earned a win over No. 1 Cheney.
Much like the North baseball team, softball has had an overachieving season, too. The Redskins must beat Liberal and likely undefeated Washburn Rural.
Campus has potential to beat anyone in Kansas in a one-game series but got one of the toughest draws in the tournament.
Derby has reached state eight straight years. The Panthers are the most likely flag-bearers in the Wichita area.
Wichita South is paired with three out-of-town teams to beat the odds and get to state.
Bishop Carroll is riding high after beating two-time champion Shawnee Heights. Last year, Maize was upset in a regional title game. Now the Eagles will look to play spoiler.
Wichita Northwest has made its City League schedule look easy in 2019 and has been gifted with one of the more manageable regional tournament fields.
Goddard has gotten to state four straight years, and after a rocky start, the Lions look to have a good shot to make it five.
Maize South and Eisenhower could meet again in a regional championship game. The rivals have gone back and forth for years. But Andover Central, last year’s Class 4A-Division I champion could spoil the party.
Andale/Garden Plain has one senior, Macie Eck, and she is the right one to have. Heading to Notre Dame next year, the Indians are looking to send her out right.
Augusta’s Gracie Johnston might be the best pitcher in the Wichita area. Heading to Missouri State next year, she will look to get the Orioles back to state.
Clearwater has been a pleasant surprise on the softball scene this year. The Indians will look to show the value of a brutal regular season schedule.
Rose Hill just missed out on a spot at hosting its regional tournament. But the Rockets have the talent to go on the road and get to state.
Cheney was undefeated heading into its final regular season doubleheader. The Cardinals will be massive favorites in a weakened field.
Haven’s Maguire Estill is the top pitcher in the regional. If the Wildcats get to state again, they will lean on her excellence in the circle.