Bluejay baseball team returns to State

The Sabetha Bluejay baseball team celebrates after clinching the 3A Regional Championship against the Maur-Hill Ravens on Thursday, May 16.

The Sabetha Bluejay baseball squad will travel to Emporia on Thursday, May 23, to compete in the 2019 Class 3A State Baseball Championships. The Jays, last year’s 3A state champions, will attempt to duplicate last year’s march to the state title when they will battle Baxter Springs in their opening game.

The Jays were crowned regional champions after winning all three of their games in the 2019 Class 3A Regional Baseball Tournament held at Somerset Park in Sabetha. The Jays turned in three solid performances to defeat Pleasant Ridge, Hiawatha and Maur Hill on the way to the championship.

The Jays used clutch hitting and solid pitching to capture the three games. The Jays pounded out 34 hits on their way to scoring 34 runs in the three contests, while the Jay pitchers held the opponents to a total of 10 hits and only seven runs.

Game One

On Tuesday, May 14, the Jays took on the Rams from Pleasant Ridge and defeated the Rams in five innings 11-1. Senior Joe Gruber hit a three-run home run over center field to end the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Jays jumped out early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and pounded out eight hits while scoring 11 runs.

The Jays featured a balanced hitting attack with Gruber, junior Gabe Garber, and sophomore Drew Schmelzle each picking up two hits. Gruber, who had the home run and a double, and Garber each knocked in three runs apiece.

Garber picked up the win for the Jays with five solid innings of pitching — allowing only one run on two hits and giving up just one walk while striking out seven.

Game Two

Also on May 14, the Jay pitching remained solid in game two against the Hiawatha Red Hawks, with freshman Jalen Worthley going five innings — allowing no runs on just one hit with four strikeouts and giving up four walks. The Jays scored 10 runs on 10 hits and once again ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Garber, junior Braden Argabright, and senior Kamden Brownlee led the offensive attack for the Jays with two hits apiece with Argabright hitting a triple and Brownlee hitting a home run over the left field fence. Schmelzle continued to swing a hot bat and knocked in three runs while Argabright and Brownlee each knocked in two.

The win propelled the Jays into the championship contest against the undefeated Maur Hill Ravens, who entered the contest with a 19-0 record.

“Our first two rounds in the Regional tournament were very similar games,” said Head Coach Aaron Frey. “We came out and hit the ball very well. Our pitchers gave up only one hit in each game. We played solid defense, and it was all a very good recipe for success.”

Game Three

On Thursday, May 16, The Jays wasted little time in the contest as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one inning and never looked back on their way to the 13-6 victory.

The Jays amassed 16 hits in the contest, with Schmelzle and junior Jake Longabaugh each picking up three hits. Longabaugh knocked in four runs, while Schmelzle and Argabright knocked in three runs apiece. Schmelzle had a triple and a double, while Longabaugh and senior Ryan Stapleton each hit doubles. Stapleton, Argabright, Garber and Gruber each collected two hits in the game, with Gruber also knocking in a pair of runs.

Argabright was on the mound for the Jays and held the Ravens to three runs on three hits while walking five batters and striking out three. Gruber came on in relief in the fifth inning and gave up three runs on four hits while walking three batters and striking out four.

“We faced Maur Hill for the second straight year in the championship game,” Frey said. “They were a very solid team as you would expect an undefeated team to be. We hit the ball very well again, getting 12 hits and scoring 13 runs. I think putting three up in the first put the pressure on them, which worked out well for us.”

“Our pitchers competed very well on the mound even though they didn’t have their best stuff,” Frey said. “They were able to minimize damage which is what competitors do! We ended up scoring 34 runs in the three games. Our goal all year was to be playing our best baseball now and I believe we are.”

The Jays will play Baxter Springs, who has a 17-5 record, in the opening game of the state tournament. First pitch will be at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in Emporia.

Regionals vs. Pleasant Ridge

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Joe Gruber

2

3

2

3

0

0

Drew Schmelzle

2

2

2

0

0

0

Gabe Garber

3

0

2

3

0

0

Kamden Brownlee

1

1

0

0

0

0

Braden Argabright

3

1

1

1

0

0

Mason Spellmeier

3

1

1

1

0

0

Jake Longabaugh

2

0

0

1

0

0

Jalen Worthley

1

2

0

0

2

1

Ryan Stapleton

1

1

0

1

1

1

Sabetha

3-1-4-0-3 | 11-8-0

Pleasant Ridge

0-0-0-0-1 | 1-2-0

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Gabe Garber

5.0

64

0.609

2

1

0

7

1

0

 

Regionals vs. Hiawatha

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Joe Gruber

3

2

1

1

1

0

Drew Schmelzle

3

1

1

3

0

0

Gabe Garber

4

2

2

0

0

1

Kamden Brownlee

3

2

2

2

0

1

Braden Argabright

2

2

2

2

2

0

Mason Spellmeier

3

0

1

0

0

0

Jake Longabaugh

3

0

0

1

0

2

Kaleb Evans

1

1

0

0

2

1

Ryan Stapleton

3

0

1

1

0

1

Sabetha

0-2-2-4-2 | 10-10-1

Hiawatha

0-0-0-0-0 | 0-1-3

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Jalen Worthley

5.0

76

0.566

1

0

0

4

4

0

 

Regionals vs. MH-MA

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Joe Gruber

4

2

2

2

1

1

Drew Schmelzle

4

2

3

3

1

0

Gabe Garber

5

2

2

0

0

1

Kamden Brownlee

3

0

1

0

1

0

Braden Argabright

3

3

2

3

2

0

Mason Spellmeier

4

1

1

0

0

1

Jake Longabaugh

5

0

3

4

0

0

Jalen Worthley

0

1

0

0

0

0

Brycen Hartley

2

0

0

0

1

1

Ryan Stapleton

4

2

2

0

0

0

Sabetha

3-0-2-3-1-0-4 | 13-16-2

MH-MA

1-0-0-1-1-2-1 | 6-7-2

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Braden Argabright

4.0

97

0.567

3

3

2

3

5

0

Joe Gruber

3.0

83

0.578

4

3

2

4

3

0

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