Bluejays finish 15-8 season at State Championship Tournament

Sophomore Christian McAfee fires this pitch across the plate during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.

The Sabetha Bluejays wrapped up the 2022 season when they fell to the Columbus Titans in the opening round of the 3A State Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.

The Titans got on the board first in the first inning with two runs scored. Sabetha finally scored their first run in the fourth inning, but the Titans extended their lead in the fourth, making the score 3-1.

Then, Sabetha tied things up in the top of the fifth. Columbus then took the lead again in the sixth by scoring one additional run. Sabetha scored in the top of the seventh to tie the score at 4-4. Columbus managed one final score in the bottom of the seventh to take the win and advance to the semi-final round. The final score was 5-4.

Sophomore Christian McAfee led the Bluejays at the plate going two for three and one RBI scored. Also collecting hits for the Jays were sophomore Aiden Lang, juniors Matthew Garber and Nohl Niehues, and freshman Mitchel Kramer.

McAfee started on the mound for Sabetha. He allowed three runs on four hits during the first five innings. He also tallied seven strikeouts and three walks. Kramer stepped in to pitch the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits, and walked two batters. Junior Josh Hermann closed out the game on the mound allowing zero runs on zero hits, but tallied one walk.

The Bluejays finished the 2022 season with a 15-8 record.

5.26.2022 State vs. Columbus Titans

#

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Matthew Garber

4

0

1

1

0

0

Marcus Bauman

4

1

0

1

0

0

Josh Herrmann

4

0

0

0

0

1

Tristan Wittwer

3

0

0

0

1

2

Christian McAfee

3

0

2

1

0

0

Nohl Niehues

3

1

1

0

0

1

Jonathan Reyner

3

0

0

0

0

1

Aiden Lang

3

0

1

0

0

0

Mitchel Kramer

2

1

0

0

0

0

Sabetha

0-0-0-1-2-0-1 | 4-5-2

Opponent

2-0-0-1-0-1-1 | 5-6-5

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

SO

BB

HR

Christian McAfee

5.0

98

59.2

4

3

2

7

3

Josh Herrmann

0.0

14

35.7

0

0

0

0

1

Mitchell Kramer

1.0

32

50.0

2

2

2

0

3

Freshman Mitchel Kramer takes a large lead off of third base during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Junior Matthew Garber runs to first base after hitting the ball during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Junior Nohl Niehues takes a lead off of first base during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Junior Josh Herrmann fires the ball back to the pitcher during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Sophomore Marcus Bauman rounds third base as Coach Hamilton urges him to home during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Senior Tristan Wittwer keeps an eye on the ball during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Sophomore Jacob Grimm covers first base during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.
Sophomore Aiden Lang smacks the ball into the field during the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 26, in Manhattan.

Heather Stewart219 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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