Ward clinches baseball title again; LHS third in softball
Kaw Valley League, please welcome the 2004 Class 4A baseball champions.
Bishop Ward throttled Andover-Central, 20-8, Saturday in the 4A finals for its second consecutive state title. Next year, the Cyclones will be a member of the Kaw Valley League.
Ward dropped Chanute, 9-7, in the quarterfinals Friday in Salina before squeaking past Wellington, 3-2, Saturday in the semifinals.
Current KVL member Santa Fe Trail finished tied for third with Wellington. The Chargers defeated Larned, 12-2, on Friday before losing to Andover, 6-5, on Saturday.
Ward finished the season at 20-5, while Trail finished its campaign at 21-4.
In other tournaments, Goddard dropped Lawrence-Free State in the Class 6A finals in Lawrence by a 5-4 score in eight innings.
Seaman blanked Great Bend, 13-0, in 5A after squeaking past Wichita-Carroll, 2-1, in the semifinals.
Seaman won its quarterfinal with another shutout, a 15-0 decision against KC-Washington.
In 3A, Lyons defeated Baxter Springs in a slugfest, 15-9.
Lyons defeated Hays' Thomas More Prep, 7-4, in the semifinals and Cherryvale, 10-5, in the quarterfinals before reaching the finals.
In Class 2-1A, Pittsburg-Colgan topped Oxford, 14-4, for the state title. Colgan defeated Lucas-Luray, 15-0, in the quarterfinals and Elkhart, 9-2, in the semifinals.
Defensive battles were the theme for Lansing at the 4A state tournament in Salina.
The Lions opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory against Colby.
Eventual champion Spring Hill beat Lansing, 3-1, in the semifinals, leaving LHS with a consolation contest against Clay Center.
With the wind blowing in all day, the Lions outlasted the Tigers, 1-0, in nine innings.
Lansing finished the season 19-7.
Olathe East defeated Olathe North, 3-0 for the 6A championship Saturday in Lawrence.
East held its opponents scoreless during the entire tournament. East also defeated Topeka High, 6-0, and Maize, 3-0.
In 5A, Wichita-Carroll defeated Hays, 5-2 after defeating Bishop-Miege, 10-0, and Ottawa, 2-0.
Silver Lake won its first 3A state title since 1999 after defeating Hays' Thomas More Prep, 1-0.
The Eagles also defeated Humboldt, 5-0, and Frontenac, 12-1.
And in Class 2-1A, St. Marys won a state crown for the fourth time in five years and its third straight.
The Bears' first three titles in that span came in 3A. Saturday, St. Marys defeated Udall, 6-1.