What a day---
I’m not sure how many people are paying attention, but yesterday may have been one of the greatest ever for Wichita State baseball at the Valley Tournament, not so much in terms of what they accomplished—but how they accomplished it.
Scoring 20 runs on 25 hits in two games is impressive enough—but throwing back to back shutouts is jaw dropping. Garrett Brummett, Zach Beringer and Chris Gardner didn’t allow Southern Illinois or Indiana State single score in two must win games. Gardner’s complete game against the Sycamores was masterful, as he served a steady diet of off speed stuff that they simply couldn’t digest.
Where that kind of performance has been this season is a question I’m sure that Brent Kemnitz would love an answer to. Gardner had a very nice Freshman season, but, for whatever reason, hasn’t been able to gain any traction this season—that is until yesterday.
What a thrill it must have been for him to deliver when his team needed to have it the most.
The Shockers need to beat Indiana State today to reach tomorrow’s final against Illinois State, who’ll pitch today’s game is anyone’s guess. It’s more than likely that a reliever will start and that the entire game will be pitched by bullpen committee. When you’re WSU that’s not a bad thing as their bullpen is the strength of their team. Indiana State is in a similar situation so it should be interesting.
Redbirds look human---
After two games looking unbeatable Illinois State was fortunate to win against Evansville last night, getting three unearned runs in their 5-3 win. Getting to Saturday’s final in just three games gives them a tremendous advantage over whoever will meet them, the fact that they’re at home doesn’t hurt either. A betting man would clearly take the Redbirds.
This is a huge weekend for my brethren at Catch it Kansas and Eyewitness Sports. The culmination of the high school sports season makes for one of the busiest weekends of the year. I know how hard all of them work to bring you the most complete coverage of high school sports anywhere; I hope you’re able to enjoy the fruits of their considerable labor.
With my responsibilities for the Missouri Valley Conference and ESPN completed tonight, I’ll be heading back home. The timing is great because I’ll be able to listen to sports play by play all the way back. The Cardinals will be on—so will the White Sox, Cubs and Royals in areas that I’ll be driving through, so will the Miami-Indiana NBA playoff game. There’s nothing that makes the trip go by quite like sports on radio—I love it. It’s also fun to roll around the dial and find local broadcast of games, at this time of the year generally high school baseball. You never know where you’ll hear a good story, or a style that speaks to you.