Postponements have been few and far between this spring.
Heavy rains overnight both Saturday and Sunday, however, forced athletic directors into postpone and reschedule mode on Monday.
A varsity and JV baseball doubleheader (one varsity, one JV) between Pittsburg and Carl Junction was canceled with no makeup date. Keep in mind that a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader in Columbus was already postponed and league games take precedence over nonleague games. Softball played its games against Columbus whereas baseball did not on Apr. 20.
The Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League baseball and softball doubleheaders between St. Mary’s Colgan and Girard were postponed with a makeup date pending. It may be a wait until Colgan head baseball coach Mike Watt gets another shot at career win No. 500. Girard baseball already has a suspended game against Baxter Springs to finish on May 1, the second game of a twinbill which originally began on Apr. 9 before lightning played its hand.
Another CNC League doubleheader between Frontenac and Southeast has been moved from Monday to today.
High school golf
Colgan senior Michael Hudiburg won the first individual tournament of his high school career on Monday, shooting a 80 in the Riverton Invitational.
“He has been working very hard and I’m glad it has finally paid off for him,” Colgan head coach Luke Wachter said.
Hudiburg led Colgan to a first-place team finish.
Team results: Colgan 340, Frontenac 365, Baxter Springs 368, Girard 382, Galena 444, Riverton N/A.
Top 10: Hudiburg, Colgan 80; Drew Hill, Baxter Springs 80; Klay O’Brien, Girard 85; David Misasi, Colgan 86; Brandon Emerson, Colgan 87; Bailey Beykirch, Colgan 87; Judd Belew, Frontenac 87; Garrett Tackkett, Frontenac 88; Jesse Christman, Frontenac 90; Ty Albright, Galena 92.
Colgan results: Hudiburg 80, Misasi 86, Emerson 87, Beykirch 87, William Mitchelson 93, Freddy Elmer 99.
Frontenac results: Belew 87, Tackkett 88, Jesse Christman 90, Kyle Loy 100, Jake Christman 106.
Girard results: O’Brien 85, Aaron Boore 97, Jonathan Westhoff 98, Tyler Rusher 102, Garret Platt 102, Kyle Bauder 114.
Local makes hole-in-one
Zach Dainty aced Hole No. 12 at the Four Oaks Golf Course using a pitching wedge. Steven Basileaf, Jake Dainty, Gabe Welling, Jed Weber and Cole Spencer witnessed this ace.
Spencer takes part in KU Senior Day
Southeast High School alum and University of Kansas relief pitcher Ashley Spencer participated in Senior Day festivities Saturday in Lawrence as the Jayhawks defeated No. 24 Texas Tech 5-4.
Spencer, a two-year player at KU, was honored with a plaque and flowers along with fellow seniors Kelsey Alsdorf, Leah Daiber, Marissa Ingle and Liz Kocon. Down one run entering the bottom of the seventh, KU won on a walk-off RBI single by Mariah Montgomery. Spencer did not pitch in the game. Sunday’s game against the Red Raiders was cancelled due to thunderstorms.
McCormick leads NAIA in batting
Page 2 of 2 - Tabor College senior third baseman Adam McCormick finished regular season play leading the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with a .490 batting average in 48 games played this season, collecting 70 hits in 143 official at-bats.
Players trailing McCormick include Tabor teammate Art Corona at .457, Brian Carr of William Woods (Mo.) at .455 and Roemon Fields of Bethany at .450.
Of McCormick's 70 hits this season, 21 have been extra-base, 13 doubles, one triple and seven home runs. He's driven in 52 runs and shown discipline at the plate, 31 walks to 20 strikeouts.
In addition to his national leadership in batting average, McCormick ranks 14th in slugging percentage (.741), 28th in runs batted in per game (1.083), 29th in RBI (52), 40th in hits per game (1.458) and 48th in total hits (70). Corona ranks first in the nation in runs scored per game (1.340) and Matt Cardona first in the nation in fielding percentage (1.000).
Senior relief pitcher Nate Percy finished the regular season with a 3.75 ERA over 12 innings of work. He's walked two and struck out nine, allowing 14 hits and five earned runs. Percy and McCormick are Pittsburg natives on the Bluejays.
Tabor finished its regular season 39-11, 19-5 at home, 18-6 away, 2-0 neutral and 21-7 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Bluejays shared the KCAC regular season title with Sterling College, the first league title in Tabor history since the 1995-1996 season. Tabor plays Kansas Wesleyan (32-20) in the KCAC tournament Wednesday.
Tabor also hosts an opening round of the NAIA baseball tournament for the first time in program history May 10-14 at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson.
Jeck continues to start at WVU
West Virginia junior shortstop Stuart Jeck has been filling in for the injured John Polonius and his seasonal numbers include a .238 batting average, nine runs scored, 15 hits, no extra-base hits and seven RBI.
In the recent finale of a three-game series with arch-nemesis Pittsburgh, the Pittsburg native Jeck cracked a two-out two-run single to get the Mountaineers on the scoreboard during a 7-5 win that gave West Virginia a 2-1 series victory over Pitt.
Jeck's play was heralded in the Daily Athenaeum, the daily newspaper of West Virginia University: "Jeck, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, has done a nice job replacing injured shortstop John Polonius. He finished Sunday's game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. He batted .500 with four RBIs and three runs scored in the three-game series against Pitt."