Area baseball and softball teams are fine-tuning their games for high school state tournaments getting underway later this week.
For the Seaman High School baseball team, the story going in is a bit different this year. The Vikings are the defending 5A champion, but they're the eighth seed, with an even 11-11 record.
They lost 13 seniors from last year's team. Still, coach Steve Bushnell hopes big wins at regional have the Vikings hitting their stride at the right time. He admits the team is going in as a huge underdog, which is "kind of unchartered waters," but he believes it's a role his players accept and that they are looking forward to the opportunity.
Junior catcher Reid Fehr agrees, saying the team has no pressure going into the tournament, so they can have fun and play their game.
Seaman opens state play Thursday against Wichita Heights at K-State's Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan.
Hear more from Bushnell and Fehr in the included video.
Posted by Melissa Brunner