State baseball tournament moving to Maize High near Wichita; Tonganoxie team departs Monday

Tonganoxie High and Nickerson line up for lineup announcements Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina.The game was called with the game still scoreless in the second inning due to lightning and then rain. The game will resume and the tournament will continue, but when that will be is still to be determined. Enlarge photo

May 26, 2019, 12:08 p.m. Updated: 27 May 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Yes, there has been another revision to the Class 4A state baseball tournament and it involves a new venue.

Tonganoxie High baseball players and their state counterparts are hoping the latest update does the trick.

The updated state schedule has games resuming at 11 a.m. Tuesday, but they are moving to the KT Woodman Sports Complex, 11600 W. 45th St. in Maize near Wichita.

Officials hoped to get all quarterfinal games in Thursday at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina with a rolling schedule that started every game 25 minutes after the previous one concluded.

The bracket originally had THS playing at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, but the schedule move didn’t really affect it. The game against Nickerson started around that time.

With the game still scoreless and the Chieftains batting in the top of the second, umpires cleared the field due to a lighting delay. Minutes later, a downpour dropped heavy rain on the ballpark and the tarp came out to cover the infield.

The game originally was to resume at 1 a.m. Sunday, but KSHSAA officials announced late Saturday that today’s schedule also would be scratched. It now will lead off bracket play on Tuesday morning if no other postponements are needed — on the Maize High School campus. Dean Evans Stadium has a grass surface, while MHS has an artificial turf surface.

The Tonganoxie High baseball team headed out Monday for Wichita. The team practiced Monday afternoon at Lawrence High, which has a turf field.

On Thursday, No. 1 Fort Scott (22-1) defeated No. 8 Piper (8-13) by a 3-1 score. No. 4 Buhler (20-3) then blanked No. 5 Chanute (13-8) in a 9-0 game. Fort Scott and Buhler will play in the first semifinal game.

No. 7 Mulvane (10-11) then upset No. 2 Wichita Trinity (18-2) with a 7-0 shutout of its own.

Mulvane will take on the winner of No. 3 Nickerson (16-2) and No. 6 Tonganoxie (12-9).

Some state tournaments were played out this weekend.

In Class 6A, No. 1 Haysville-Campus defeated No. 2 Free State, 3-2, in nine innings in Lawrence. Haysville-Campus finished the season at 23-2, while FSHS finished at 21-4.

In Class 5A, No. 4 Seaman (20-5) defeated No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas, 13-1, in Wichita. Aquinas finisehd the season 21-4.

In Class 2-1A, top-seeded Elkhart finished off a perfect 22-0 season with a 3-2 victory against No. 2 Marion, 3-2, in Great Bend. Marion finished the season 20-2.

Class 3A still is to be determined. No. 2 Minneapolis (20-3) is to play No. 3 Sabetha (20-3) at noon Monday in Emporia. The winner will take on No. 1 Rock Creek (22-3) after the semifinal game.

State track finishing up today

Delays and adjustments also have been the norm at the state track meet in Wichita.

All events should be finished up midday today at Cessna Stadium.

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