More smiles than frowns Friday on the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Tournament Trails. "3" of "4" Wellington baseball teams in State Tournament action at "3" different locales came away with VICTORIES and remain in the hunt for State Titles and more! Here's what went down:
SENIOR BABE RUTH UPDATE - congrats to the Wellington Host Team who bounced back from Thursday's first round loss, defeating Independence Friday 7-3! DeAndre Washington went the distance on the mound - Coach Jeff Frazee indicated DeAndre pitched one heckuva game! DeAndre was named MVP and the WOW Award went to Caleb Reichenberger. Congrats to them! A win today in their 3rd pool play game for Wellington Host Team vs Cottonwood Valley (@ 5:30) will place our local boys (Host Team) in bracket play on Sunday for the State Championship Coach Frazee indicated after Friday's victory! Awesome - GO RED!!
Unfortunately, in an earlier game on Friday between Walnut Ark Valley (mostly Wellington boys) and Parsons, WAV came up short 2-9 and fall to 0-2 in pool play with their last pool play game today at 3:00 vs Liberal. MVP honors went to Brayden Higginbotham and WOW Award to Derek Driskell. Congrats to both of them! It will be difficult to advance to bracket play on Sunday now. Let's get that win today anyways and go out with a smile!! Keep up the hustle and grab a "W" away from Liberal!
After 2 days of action at the State Sr. Babe Ruth Tournament being held here in Wellington, here are the "pool play" team records heading into DAY 3 today:
LIBERAL 2-0 (beat Parsons and Junction City)
ABILENE 2-0 (beat Wellington and Cottonwood Valley)
WELLINGTON (HOST) 1-1 (lost to Abilene, beat Independence)
COTTONWOOD VALLEY 1-1 (beat Independence, lost to Abilene)
JUNCTION CITY 1-1 (beat Walnut Ark Valley, lost to Liberal)
PARSONS 1-1 (lost to Liberal, beat Walnut Ark Valley)
INDEPENDENCE 0-2 (lost to Cottonwood Valley and Wellington)
WALNUT ARK VALLEY 0-2 (lost to Junction City and Parsons)
TODAY'S SCHEDULE (@ Hibbs-Hooten)
Parsons vs Junction City 10:00AM
Independence vs Abilene 12:30PM
Liberal vs Walnut Ark Valley 3:00PM
Cottonwood Valley vs Wellington (Host) 5:30PM
The top 4 finishers above after today's games will square off Sunday in single elimination bracket play beginning at 10AM - more details once they are available! GOOD LUCK TO WELLINGTON and WALNUT ARK VALLEY - let's get 'er done today!!
In Peabody on Friday, Wellington's 15 yo's began their quest for heavy duty hardware at the Babe Ruth State Tournament being held there this weekend. Same pool play format as above, the Wellington boys took it to Chanute on Friday in round 1 pool play action, downing them 19-3! Cade Fairbanks was named MVP and Travese Love received the WOW Award! Pool play continues today vs Cottonwood Valley @ 7:30pm! Awesome start gentlemen - let's make it 2-0!
Last, but certainly not least, those Wellington 10 yo's who have dominated in post season tournament action, continued to do so in round 1 pool play at the State Cal Ripken Tournament in Harper on Friday. The now 6-0 in post season play Wellington squad defeated Cottonwood Valley 8-0, having outscored their last 6 opponents by the cumulative total of 74-9! Brody Weir was named the MVP and Jagger Norris snagged the WOW Award. Coach Jimenez after the first pool play contest praised Parker Thornton and Riley Payne as well, each had 2 huge hits that contributed greatly to the eventual outcome. Way to go guys - you are on a roll - good luck today vs Lakin at 6:00PM!
More Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken updates coming this weekend - stay tuned - GO WELLINGTON!!