Kaws make it to the championship game
by Clarke Davis
The Perry-Lecompton baseball team made it to the championship game in the state tournament at Pratt Friday and had to settle for second, defeated by KC Ward Bishop, 5-2.
The game was marred when the umpires tossed out the Kaws’ Zach Linquist in the fourth inning, claiming he deliberately ran into the opposing catcher while scoring a run at home plate.
Linquist was the team’s top hitter and relief pitcher.
Coach Kent Houk disagreed with the call and said, “I’m not saying we would have won … I just wish the kids could have decided the outcome in a game of that magnitude.”
Perry-Lecompton had a 19-3 record entering the tournament and defeated Goodland, 3-1, and Baxter Springs, 2-1, in the openers.
Mitchell Bond pitched the first game followed by Drew Scrimsher and Linquist in the second. It was a recipe that the coach planned to repeat in the final game.
Regardless of the outcome of the championship, the coach had nothing but praise for a team that basically came from nowhere to go all the way.
Six seniors, Linquist, Scrimsher, Jacob Bond, Eddy Brandon, Douglas Shuck, and Daniel Munoz-Crow, played their last high school game.
The coach said the team is losing a tremendous amount of talent, but the other players now have the experience and know the thrill of winning.
This was the baseball team’s first trip to state.
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