Headin' back to Salina...again!

Create: 05/18/2016 - 21:49

The now 17-5 Lady Crusader Softball Gals are 4A State Tournament bound!!
Congratulations to Coach Buck and the crew who defeated Mulvane in 5 innings (15-5) in the Regional 4A opener this afternoon out at Worden Park. The bats came alive and starting pitcher Brooke McCorkle went the distant in the shortened run-rule contest. Credit Baylee DeJarnett with a HOME RUN as well!
In the nightcap Championship game vs Winfield, it was Madi Lewellen on the mound and she would stay there for the duration. The Lady Vikings jumped out 1-0 early though when their first batter knocked one out. The score stayed 1-0 until the 6th inning when an Avery Rusk sacrifice bunt moved Madi Adams into scoring position at 2nd and eventually scored to knot it at 1 a piece. Ryleigh Buck would smack a HOMER and make it 2-1 and then Gracie Fink slid safely into HOME for the 3rd run on an RBI double by Erin Goodrum. Ta-duh!!! REGIONAL 4A CHAMPIONS!!!

In Winfield, at the 4A BASEBALL REGIONAL, the Crusaders jumped out on Mulvane and sustained the lead behind starting pitcher Therin Frame who went nearly 6 innings until relieved by Adam Hilt. The final was 5-2 Wellington and the Crusaders find themselves in the REGIONAL 4A Championship Game vs Rose Hill, the #1 seed.

 

Wellington made a statement first when Connor Phelps on the first pitch of the game busted a triple down the right field line, sliding into 3rd just beating the throw. Cameron Bartelson would get him in to score on a Fielder's Choice and Wellington went up 1-0 in the 1st. Almost like the girls game, the score stayed the same until the 5th inning when the Rockets put up 3 runs to pull ahead 3-1. The Rockets would score another in the 6th and you could feel the game slipping away. There were some awesome moments in the nightcap nonetheless, including a throw from left field by Skyler Struble to get a Rocket guy out at 2nd. Third baseman Chevy Nuss threw a steely eyed bullet to HOME to relieve a Rocket runner of his scoring duties. Cade Phelps went the distance on the mound for the Championship Final and added a double as well.
It was a day of GOOD BASEBALL...and a day of VERY GOOD SOFTBALL and a group of girls representing WHS are returning to State 4A action for the 4th time this school year - VOLLEYBALL * GIRLS TENNIS * BASKETBALL and now SOFTBALL! That deserves another ta-duh! TA-DUH!! Makes you proud don't it?
Check back for updates on State 4A schedules, game pics and more - CONGRATULATIONS LADY CRUSADERS! TAKE STATE!!

 

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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at shs74@wellington.cc or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.