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Sedgwick baseball reflects on historic, state-championship season

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:50 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A year of success for Sedgwick baseball, the Cardinals won their first ever baseball state championship in school history and received several 2A All-State honors.

Sedgwick head coach Doug Mabry said, “In 2019 we made a state tournament appearance, and we had some starters returning from that team and some guys who have really worked their tails off to become really good baseball players for us.”

Mabry said expectations were pretty high for the team going into the season but still trying to maneuver COVID, they couldn’t be sure of anything.

“When you get to a certain point in the season and the state polls start to come out and you start seeing your team and your school at the one, two spot in the state, that’s when you start to realize that other people think you can,” said senior pitcher Nolan Crumrine.

After winning Sedgwick’s first ever state title in baseball, Crumrine was named 2A/1A Pitcher of the Year. The experience Crumrine and senior Austin Wilkes gained in the 2019 state tournament prepared them for this time around.

“Just to finally get that one state title that we’ve been looking for,” said third and first baseman Austin Wilkes. “It’s just something I’ve been wanting to do my whole entire high school career and for many years came up just short and it was just really nice to get over the hump and win one.”

Four Cardinals finished with All-State honors and seven with Heart of America Honors.

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