Varsity Baseball

State tracker: See which Wichita-area high school sports teams won their regional

Bishop Carroll baseball (top left), Arkansas City softball (top right), Bluestem softball (top left) and Maize baseball (bottom right) have all qualified for their 2018 state tournaments.
Bishop Carroll baseball (top left), Arkansas City softball (top right), Bluestem softball (top left) and Maize baseball (bottom right) have all qualified for their 2018 state tournaments. The Wichita Eagle, @achsbulldogs/Twitter, @Ashtyn_Jurging/Twitter

It is one of the busiest times in the high school sports year.

With regional baseball, softball and soccer competition all underway, Varsity Kansas will keep up with those Wichita-area teams that have qualified for state:

Baseball

Derby - Class 6A

No. 1 Regional/No. 3 Overall (14-6)

It wasn't pretty, but Grant Adler was near perfect.

Derby beat West 1-0 in its Class 6A regional final Wednesday thanks to Adler's outstanding performance on the mound. He threw all seven innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and 10 strikeouts. Only two Pioneers reached base via errors.

The Panthers' only run came in the bottom of the fifth inning. With a runner on third, Jaxson Syring leaped for a pitch well outside the strike zone and laid a bunt that caught West off guard and pushed the run across.

With the win, Derby has now qualified for the Class 6A tournament in five of the past six seasons. The Panthers came in their regional tournament winners of four straight, including a sweep of Salina Central. With a 12-2 win against Topeka in the semifinals, the Panthers are six-games hot heading into state.

Campus - Class 6A

No. 4 West/T-No. 7 Overall (13-7)

The Colts put together an outstanding showing in their regional tournament, not allowing a run over two games.

Campus dropped Hutchinson 10-0 in six innings in the regional semifinal and followed it with a 9-0 win against Junction City to qualify for state. The Colts are making their first state tournament appearance since 2015.

In game 2, Campus got timely hitting and outstanding pitching. First, the hitting - in the bottom of the sixth, Tanner Leslie blew the score open with a three-RBI double to center field.

Leslie was also getting it done on the mound. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings with four hits and three strikeouts. That set up Corey Hahn to come in and get the save and send Campus to state.

Campus heads to Lawrence for the Class 6A tournament starting May 24.

Heights - Class 5A

No. 1 West/T-No. 1 Overall (18-2)

Sometimes, you need a little luck.

Heights got some Wednesday night in its regional final against Emporia. The Falcons entered the bottom of the seventh down a run but Cody Troyer singled to tie it, and a wild pitch served as the walk-off in the 2-1 win. Rashawn Mayes came in to score.

The Falcons weren't struggling too terribly at the plate but were getting untimely hits with two out on the board. This forced a lot of runners to be stranded - until the seventh.

Heights scored its two runs on four hits and a fielder's choice in the final frame to qualify for state.

The City League champions disposed of Andover 10-0 to reach the regional final and will enter the Class 5A tournament at Eck Stadium as one of the top two seeds.

Carroll - Class 5A

No. 2 West/No. 3 Overall (17-3)

The Golden Eagles punched their ticket after a walk-off two-RBI single.

After moving base runners to second and third thanks to a couple of successful bunts, senior RJ Lara stepped up and sent a laser to right-center field. His hit beat Valley Center 5-4 and sent Carroll to state for the fifth time in the past six years.

Valley Center swiped the lead in the top of the seventh after K Pearson doubled down the right-field line and scored two runs. But Carroll wasn't finished.

Carroll will stay home for the Class 5A tournament at Eck Stadium in Wichita starting May 24.

Maize - Class 5A

No. 6 West/No. 14 Overall (12-8)

The Eagles entered the Class 5A west regional as the No. 6 seed but didn't play like it.

Maize beat Goddard 7-1 in the semifinals and Maize South 5-3 to qualify for the state tournament and keep their back-to-back title chances alive. They couldn't have done it without a freshman.

Brock McCollough pulled a ball to the left-field fence in the top of the fourth that cleared the bases. After the outfielder crashed into the wall, McCollough went for an inside-the-park home run.

2018 marks the third straight year Maize has qualified for the state tournament.

Arkansas City - Class 4A-Division I

No. 1 Regional/No. 2 Overall (16-4)

The Bulldogs made history Wednesday.

Arkansas City qualified for the state baseball tournament for the first time since 2006 with a 4-1 win in its regional final against Wellington. Many of the Bulldogs were not even 5 years old.

The Bulldogs have put together a magical season with a well-rounded lineup.

In the final, six Bulldogs got hits, and Hunter O'Toole threw six shutout innings. That combination helped Ark City to an AVCTL II shared title and will help them at the Class 4A-Division I tournament in Emporia.

Andover Central - Class 4A-Division I

No. 1 Regional/T-No. 4 Overall (15-6)

The Jaguars had the deepest regional tournament in Class 4A-Division I, but they are through.

Andover Central beat Andale/Garden Plain 5-2 in its regional final Thursday. The Jags will enter the state tournament with their best record (15-6) in recent years.

Stratton Stamp, Jackson Lewallen and Clark Schoonver drove in the runs, and Austin Zellers was spectacular on the mound. He threw a complete game, allowing two runs with six strikeouts and only one walk.

The Jaguars will be looking to make a run like they did in 2016, making it to the state title game.

Buhler - Class 4A-Division I

No. 2 Regional/No. 3 Overall (15-7)

Upset last year, Buhler is back.

Hays qualified in the last spot of the Class 4A-Division I tournament last season after the Crusaders won the state title. This year, it's not Hays or McPherson. Buhler won its regional tournament with a 7-5 victory over McPherson on Wednesday.

Although Buhler was the 2016 champion, it was in a tough regional, coming in as the No. 2 seed behind McPherson. With that, the Crusaders are going with a social media hashtag #RestoreTheOrder.

They seem to be on their way to doing that having knocked off a rival and one of the top teams in the class.

Trinity Academy - Class 4A-Division II

No. 1 Regional/No. 5 Overall (18-3)

For the first time in the Knights seniors' touted careers, they are going to state.

Trinity Academy has ended the regular season with healthy records each of the past few seasons but hadn't executed in the regional tournament, until Tuesday.

The Knights beat Clearwater 6-3 in the semifinals and followed it with a 2-1 win over Collegiate to head to the Class 4A-Division II tournament.

Trinity will head to Salina for state, starting May 24.

Nickerson - Class 4A-Division II

No. 1 Regional/No. 1 Overall (21-1)

Nickerson has put together an outstanding season.

The Panthers are 21-1 after beating Hoisington/Central Plains and Russell/Victoria to qualify for the Class 4A-Division II tournament.

Nickerson didn't allow a run at the regional tournament with 9-0 and 8-0 victories. The Panthers are heading to Salina for state.

Tanner Schrag has led the Panthers this season with more than 40 runs, 40 hits, 25 RBIs, five home runs and a batting average over .600.

Pratt - Class 4A-Division II

No. 1 Regional/No. 4 Overall (18-2)

The Greenbacks are heading back to state.

Pratt qualified for the Class 4A-Division II tournament in Salina after a 10-0 victory against Hugoton and a 4-1 win over Larned on Tuesday.

The Greenbacks are 18-2 this season and will make their first state tournament appearance since 2016.

Cheney - Class 3A

No. 1 Regional/No. 5 Overall (19-3)

The Cardinals are on a train.

Cheney smoked through its regional, beating Haven 11-1 in six innings in the final Wednesday. After earning a bye in the first round, the Cardinals gave up only three runs for the entire tournament.

Cheney's qualification for the Class 3A tournament is its second in the past three season, missing last year.

The Cardinals have only one bad loss this season, a 13-2 defeat to Chaparral, but outside of that, Cheney has lost to two high-caliber teams in Trinity Academy and Southeast of Saline.

Bluestem - Class 2-1A

No. 2 Regional/No. 5 Overall (16-8)

The champs will have a chance.

The Lions put together a shaky season (11-8) after the school's first state championship in any sport, but Bluestem put the pieces together and won its Class 2A regional tournament with a 9-8 walk-off win against Oxford.

It took 11 innings.

The Lions' state tournament will be in Great Bend starting May 24.

Softball

Derby - Class 6A

No. 1 West/T-No. 4 Overall (18-2)

Most teams are happy with getting back to the state tournament in back-to-back years, but the Panthers are up to eight.

Derby softball hasn't missed the Class 6A tournament since 2010.

The Panthers beat Junction City 10-0 and Topeka 3-1 to qualify for state starting May 24 in Lawrence.

Carroll - Class 5A

No. 1 West/No. 2 Overall (18-2)

Water is wet, and Carroll softball is heading back to state.

The Golden Eagles beat Salina South 4-1 in their regional championship game Tuesday after a bye in the first round.

Carroll went up 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning after Hadley Kerschen ground up the middle and scored two.

Pitcher Reagan Smith threw a solid game, allowing one run and seven hits with five strikeouts.

Carroll will head down the road to Maize for the Class 5A tournament.

Goddard - Class 5A

No. 3 West/T-No. 6 Overall

Goddard has quietly become one of the top teams in the Wichita area.

The Lions rolled in their regional final Wednesday against Kapaun, an 8-0 win, and in the semifinal, they beat Newton 12-2.

Goddard's only losses this season have come against teams that have qualified for their respective state tournaments, and the Lions are 9-2 at home this season.

Leading that success, pitcher Sydni Williams threw all 12 innings in Goddard's regional and gave up three hits and two runs.

Eisenhower - Class 5A

No. 5 West/T-No. 11 Overall

Don't sleep on the cats from across the street.

The Tigers were excellent in their regional tournament, not allowing a run against two capable offenses in Valley Center and Andover. Eisenhower came away with two 7-0 victories to qualify for the Class 5A tournament.

Eisenhower has beaten some of the area's best, including state qualifiers Goddard, Andover Central and Maize South. The Tigers also topped Maize toward the end of the season, too.

They have a top pitcher as well. Freshman Allyson Montgomery threw 14 scoreless innings and struck out 10.

Maize South - Class 5A

No. 7 West/T-No. 15 Overall (11-9)

Maize South has made a name for itself.

After beating Carroll twice in two years, the Mavericks were proven capable to hang with any team on any day. They did that again Wednesday, beating rival Maize on its home field. Maize South won 12-4 to advance to the Class 5A tournament.

Coming in, Maize's record was six games better, but the Mavericks put on a show offensively, scoring three runs in the second, five in the fifth and four in the seventh.

Maize South softball
Maize South beat rival Maize 12-4 on its home field Wednesday night in the Mavericks' Class 5A regional final. Hayden Barber The Wichita Eagle

Ashlie Thissen, the pitcher behind each of Maize South's upsets, was on the mound again and contained the Eagles' potent offense with poise.

Andale/Garden Plain - Class 4A-Division I

No. 1 Regional/T-No. 6 Overall (18-4)

The Indians are back.

Andale/Garden Plain is making it back-to-back appearances in the Class 4A-Division I tournament after beating Mulvane 12-0 and Rose Hill 4-1.

The Indians won AVCTL IV and will enter the state tournament with an 18-4 record.

Arkansas City - Class 4A-Division I

No. 1 Regional/No. 7 Overall (16-4)

The good times keep rolling.

In what has turned out to be one of the most outstanding seasons in Bulldog softball history, Arkansas City has qualifed for the state tournament.

Ark City is led by coach and alumnae Angie Ruyle and will head into the Class 4A-Division I tournament with an AVCTL II title, regional title and 17-4 record.

The state tournament is in Emporia starting May 24.

Andover Central - Class 4A-Division I

No. 3 Regional/T-No. 17 Overall (10-10)

The Jaguars went from the third seed and a .500 record to state qualifiers.

Andover Central beat Circle 15-1 in the semifinals and a one-loss Augusta team 11-10 to qualify. Katie Boline walked with the bases loaded for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

The Jaguars have now qualified in back-to-back seasons.

Although Andover Central may enter with the worst seed in the state tournament, its heart cannot be denied.

Smoky Valley - Class 4A-Division II

No. 1 Regional/No. 7 Overall (13-9)

The Vikings didn't allow a run in the regional tournament.

Smoky Valley beat Nickerson 15-0 in the first round and Larned 9-0 to qualify for the Class 4A-Division II tournament.

The Vikings will head to Salina for state starting May 24 with a 13-9 record.

Kingman/Norwich - Class 4A-Division II

No. 1 Regional/T-No. 5 Overall (15-3)

The Eagles are soaring into state.

Coming into its Class 4A-Division II regional tournament, Kingman/Norwich had a 15-3 record.

The Eagles beat Hugoton 15-0 and powerhouse Pratt 13-6 to qualify for state.

Haven - Class 3A

No. 1 Regional/No. 1 Overall (19-1)

The Wildcats made it look easy.

Haven ran through its home regional, capped with a 12-2 win against Sedgwick in the final. The top team in Class 3A was not going to be surprised.

The Wildcats got solid tournament performances out of Emmiley Hendrixson, Maguire Estill and Sierra Nisly just to name a few.

Haven is loaded, and has been for a few years, but has yet to break through. At 22-1 heading into the state tournament, the Wildcats believe this is their time.

Cheney - Class 3A

No. 1 Regional/No. 3 Overall (19-3)

2018 is a good time to be in Cheney athletics.

The Cardinals qualified for the Class 3A softball tournament Wednesday after beating Belle Plaine 8-1 in the regional final.

At 19-3, Cheney will enter state with one of the top seeds and will be among the favorites to bring home its first softball title in school history.

Bluestem - Class 2-1A

No. 1 Regional/No. 3 Overall (15-5)

For the second straight year, Bluestem's baseball and softball teams are heading to state.

The Lions' programs had struggled for years, but with outstanding pitching and clutch hitting, Bluestem is on the rise.

The Lions beat Yates Center 13-3 and Flinthills 13-0 to move on to the Class 2-1A state tournament in Pratt.

Soccer

Derby - Class 6A

No. 2 Central/South Central / No. 4 Overall (12-3-1)

The Panthers are through to the quarterfinals, thanks in large part to a freshman.

Brianna Moore lit up the Wichita area in her first season of high school soccer. She scored 25 goals in the regular season, third most of any player in the City League or AVCTL. That was on dispalay again in Derby's 4-1 regional final against North.

Moore scored two goals Thursday, one of which set the school record for goals in a single season (34).

Derby will be one of the top seeds heading into ithe Class 6A tournament in Olathe.

East - Class 6A

No. 3 Central/South Central / No. 5 Overall (13-3-2)

The Aces have found another gear.

Coming off its first City League title since 2004, East won its regional torunament with a 3-1 victory against Garden City on Thrusday.They are heading back to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year.

East has relied heavily on its defense, but center back Brynn Walker got in on the scoring with a header to help her own cause.

If the Aces win their quarterfinal match, they will go on to the final four in back-to-back seasons.

Valley Center - Class 5A

No. 1 Central/South Central / T-No. 2 Overall (14-1-1)

The Hornets just keep cruising.

Valley Center beat Newton 2-0 in its regional final Thursday to advance tot he Class 5A quarterfinals.

The Hornets went up 1-0 with about 30 minutes to play and then Emma Girtz smashed home the clincher less than 10 minutes later.

Valley Center will enter the Class 5A tournament as one of the favorites with one of the highest seeds.

Maize - Class 5A

No. 2 Central/South Central / No. 4 Overall (14-2-0)

Perhaps no team had a more perfect regional final than Maize.

The Eagles beat Goddard 8-0 and restedtheir starters for much of the second half.

Five different players scored.

The high scoring outpout comes at the right time for Maize and will carry that momentum in to what could turn out to be one of the most contested 5A tournaments in recent years.

Kapaun - Class 5A

No. 5 Central/South Central / No. 10 Overall (11-2-2)

The Crusaders came out on top of the closest regional final in Class 5A.

Kapaun beat Eisenhower 1-0 after Hadlie Lowe's header with 15 minutes to play found the back of th net. The Crusaders will seek their second trip tot he final four in three years.

Eisenhower's defense was stiff, and goalkeeper Harley Johnson made 10 saves on the 11 shots she faced, but Kapaun's attack proved too potent.

Carroll - Class 5A

No. 6 Central/South Central / No. 11 Overall (12-3-1)

It was an upset in seeding, but Carroll has the talent.

The Golden Eagles beat Maize South 2-0 on Thursday to qualifiy for the Class 5A semifinals. Freshman Khloe Schuckman scored both goals, including this stunner to get things going.

Carroll is looking to improve on last season's 1-0 ouster to St. Thoams Aquinas in the seminfals last season.

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Carroll beat Maize South 2-0 to win its Class 5A regional tournament and qualify for the quarterfinals. Hayden Barber The Wichita Eagle

McPherson - Class 4-1A

No. 1 Central/South Central / No. 1 Overall (15-1-1)

No team outside of Kansas City, Topeka or Wichita has ever won a girls soccer state title.

The Bullpups look as if they culd be the first. McPherson beat Andover Central 6-0 to win its regional tournament and qualify for the Class 4-1A quarterfinals.

McPherson has one of the most potent offenses in Kansas, outscoring all other teams in the City League and AVCTL.

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