CHEROKEE — Following a great season and a regional championship win, the Southeast High School baseball team received recognition from the Little League players in the community on Friday at the Little League fields in Cherokee.
Prior to first pitch of the Little League games, the players took a moment to applaud the efforts of the Lancers for a regional championship and a win in the state tournament.
SHS baseball coach David Dainty — a southeast alumnus and former Lancer baseball player — said it was a special night.
“It’s a great honor because all these kids started here and played baseball here when they were growing up,” Dainty said. “So to come back and get recognized for their accomplishments is an honor for them.”
Cole Burdette — a member of the SHS baseball team — said he appreciated all the support from the community.
“It’s a pretty good feeling,” Burdette said. “We were here once and I would assume the high school kids then wanted us to be like them, so it’s a pretty good feeling.”
Standing on the Little League fields brought back fond memories for many of the Lancers, as Burdette, Hunter Jameson, Jake Burns, Dylan Wilson, Caleb Fenimore and Triston Gardner were each part of the Cherokee Little League team which won the Kansas State Championship and went on to the regional tournament in Indianapolis in 2011.
Each member of the Little League teams honoring the Lancers received a copy of an autographed, team poster.
“It should be something that the little kids are looking up to,” Dainty said. “Hopefully they can be recognized on the same field some day.”