Girard native and Kansas senior pitcher Tanner Poppe tossed his best game of the season Wednesday and the Jayhawks defeated the Baker Wildcats 8-0 at Hoglund Ballpark.
Poppe retired the Wildcats 1-2-3 in the first, a sign of the smoothness achieved by Poppe during his seven innings of work. He allowed only a single hit, fielded a sharply-hit grounder behind his back in the second, retired the side five innings, fanned seven, walked none and reached only 70 pitches on the good old pitch count to improve his overall record this season to 3-3 and drop his ERA to 4.38.
The game was scoreless for the first 5 1/2 innings, until the Jayhawks scored two in the sixth, three in the seventh and three in the eighth.
Alex DeLeon provided all the necessary offense with a 3-for-5 at the plate with one home run and three RBI, as well as the RBI double which plated the first run.
The Jayhawks own a 27-18 overall and 9-9 Big 12 record headed into a three-game weekend series with Baylor. Kansas stands in fifth place, behind West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor and conference leader Oklahoma.
The Pittsburg State baseball team will hold its Junior Gorilla Camp on June 5-7 at Al Ortolani Field for youths 6-14.
The camp will offer instruction from 8 a.m.-noon each day in the following areas: hitting, pitching, catching, infield play, outfield play, baserunning and team defensive concepts.
Games will be played each day as campers learn the fundamentals of baseball from Pitt State players and coaches, including head coach Matt Murray.
The camp requires a registration fee of $80.
The Gorillas will also be holding three select camps for 60 players 15 and older — 24 pitchers, 28 position players and eight catchers.
The camp features evaluations and instruction on pitching, hitting and defense by the Pitt State coaching staff. A “pro style” tryout, primary position drills and live games will be included, as well as a concise evaluation at the conclusion of camp.
Pre-registration is encouraged due to the limited number of participants.
For more information, please contact Eric Miller at 620-235-6550 or to register online, visit www.gorillabaseballcamps.com.
Pittsburg offers a summer team for Pittsburg and St. Mary's Colgan players, not on the American Legion team, which will be administered by Colgan head coach Mike Watt and PHS head coach Keith Matlock.
Players must have played baseball for their respective high school team in the current season, available to players 17 and under, and the roster will be limited to 18 players with tryouts necessary to limit roster size at 18.
Page 2 of 3 - The schedule includes home and home games with Humboldt, Columbus, Independence, Riverton, Coffeyville and Arma, plus an appearance in the Pittsburg Wood Bat Tournament and a single game in early July against Frontenac.
The registration fee is $50 with players having an opportunity to play 30 games.
NOTE: We listed this incorrectly as a Pittsburg High program in Friday's paper when in fact it's a Pittsburg program benefiting both Pittsburg High and Colgan players. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.
High school track
BAXTER SPRINGS — The Frontenac girls and the Riverton boys won the Baxter Springs Invitational on Tuesday.
On the girls side, Frontenac freshman Lauren Hipfl won the discus with a toss of 104 feet, 6 inches and placed second in the shot put at 31-1. Alexis Robinson tied for first in the high jump at 4-10, tied with Nina Spence of Baxter Springs.
Kinsella Brunetti finished second in both the long jump at 15-1/2 and the 100-meter dash in 13.28 seconds. Bailey Rhuems took second in the triple jump at 30-6 1/2 and both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays finished second.
Colgan won both the 4x400 and the 4x800 and Megan Thompson won the shot with a mark of 32-1. Rachel Farmer took second in both the 1,600 (6:02.02 seconds) and the 3,200 (13:44.92).
Girard senior Kinsey Casley won the javelin with a mark of 111-11 and freshman Brinkley Born won the pole vault at 7-0.
Virginia Smith of Southeast won the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.42.
Spence won the 800 in 2:39.21 and Pittsburg State recruit Paige White earned wins in the 1,600 and the 3,200 in 5:51.20 and 12:23.40, respectively.
On the boys side, Southeast sophomore Ryan Rakestraw won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump at 5-8. Austin Lovewell won the 800 in 13.53. The Lancers' 4x800 placed second behind Riverton. Rakestraw added a third place in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 44.07.
Colgan senior Jonny Adamson swept at Girard and he came back at Baxter with a sweep of the 1,600 and the 3,200 (incorrect times listed on results). Conner Dayton finished second in the long jump at 20-7 and Ian Duncan placed third in the high jump at 5-6.
Northeast junior Noah Popejoy tossed a personal best 43-7 in the shot, taking first place honors. Sophomore distance runner Michael Toms set a personal best 11:05.74 in the 3,200, good for third place.
Frontenac senior and Pitt State recruit Taylor Johnson won the pole vault by four feet, his 13-0 better than the 9-0 by Garrett Barnaby and Caleb Egbert of Girard. Frontenac added a second place in the 4x100.
Nathan Hughes of Girard finished third in the 800 in 2:13.72.
Page 3 of 3 - Team results, girls: Frontenac 112, Galena 101, Southeast 62, Girard 61, Colgan 55, Baxter Springs 48, Columbus 44, Riverton 27, Erie 27, St Paul 22.
Team results, boys: Riverton 104, Baxter Springs 77, Columbus 60, Southeast 55, Erie 48, Colgan 47, Northeast 46, Galena 43, Frontenac 36, Girard 26, St. Paul 16.
High school golf
COFFEYVILLE — In one of the nicest days of the year for golf, nine schools competed at the Coffeyville Invitational on Tuesday.
Labette County won the medal sweepstakes with a composite socre of 345, followed by Iola at 349 and Fort Scott at 354, three teams within 10 shots of one another.
Austin Krewson of Labette County won the individual sweepstakes with a very consistent 18 holes of golf, 40 on the front nine and 40 on the back nine for his winning round of 80.
Krewson defeated Drake Dieker of Iola and Troy Watson of Caney Valley, each of whom shot 80 — both golfers 41 on the front and 39 on the back.
Pittsburg was led by the 26th place finish of Justin Wuerdeman, 96.
Team results: Labette County 345, Iola 349, Fort Scott 354, Independence 360, Coffeyville 361, Chanute 397, Caney Valley 406, Parsons 411, Pittsburg 411.
Top 12: Austin Krewson, Labette County 40-40—80; Drake Dieker, Iola 41-39—80; Troy Watson, Caney Valley 41-39—80; Logan Taylor, Independence 42-40—82; Jonathan Allen, Fort Scott 38-44—82; Shane Walden, Iola 39-45—84; Gilvon Darkis, Labette County 43-43—86; Calvin Hugo, Independence 46-41—87; Logan Vacca, Coffeyville 43-45—88; Conner Antonetti, Fort Scott 44-45—89; Drew Dwyer, Labette County 43-46—89; Grant Hendrix, Coffeyville 44-45—89.
Pittsburg (411): Justin Wuerdeman 48-48—96; Calvin Thyer 50-53—103; Jake Austin 49-55—104; Jon Commons 46-62—108; Alex Smith 55-55—110; Quentin Sams 49-63—112.
High school baseball
St. Mary's Colgan defeated Riverton in a pair of JV baseball games Tuesday at JayCee Ballpark, 10-1 and 10-0.
Andrew Stewart, Joe Kolarik and Sawyer Esch combined to one-hit Riverton in the opener and not to be outdone, second game starter Nate Brown pitched a no-hitter. Both games lasted four innings.
In the first game, Brown doubled, Cooper Hutchins and Michael Lomshek hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the fourth and Ryan Kinyon hit a walk-off two-run double.
Brown supported himself at the plate in the second game with a 3-for-3 effort, two doubles and three RBI.