TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn Rural is headed back to the state baseball tournament for the first time since 2001.
The Junior Blues say they're counting on their 10 seniors and solid pitching, backed up by good defense to carry them to a title.
Washburn Rural lost their first game of the season, then followed it up with a 17-game winning streak. They did drop two to Centennial League foe Manhattan before taking their two regional games to advance to state.
Coach Jay Mastin says coming out of the Centennial League, which sent six teams to state, has helped Rural feel ready for the tough competition ahead. He says his players are confident and competitive.
Senior Tyler Feist says he and his teammates plan to bring a lot of energy into the state tournament and believes they have a good shot at stringing together the three wins needed to take a title.
The Junior Blues are the second seed in 6A, behind Manhattan. The tournament will be played at KU's Hoglund Stadium in Lawrence.
Hear more from Mastin and Feist in the included video.
Posted by Melissa Brunner