Just a little down today … 88 is gone. Dude, I used to wear that number b/c of that guy. Sad day for Chiefs fans. KC management never ceases to amaze me.
We’re almost in the postseason for spring sports — strange to me that these sports exist in kind of a vacuum, it seems like, starting under the radar when nobody wants to think about anything but hoops. I think it makes for kind of an uphill climb to grab any of that audience in the spring, most of whom have some sort of sports-induced hangover from following their teams non-stop from when practices started in August. In other words, you gotta do something great to get that kind of pub in the spring. You know?
Fort Hays State junior second baseman Tyler Robbins was the MIAA player of the week after some big outings for the Tigers, who have definitely helped their cause within the league by the strong showing this spring — I’m just saying, when you go from one league to another, you put yourself under a microscope because everybody wants to see if you’re going to be competitive or not, if you’ll help their profile. In some sports, FHSU falls short. In others they don’t. Now fifth place anywhere isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it shows they can be competitive in baseball. FHSU went 4-0 last week and Robbins was 10-of-17 hitting (.588) with 6 RBI and six runs. The Cherry Creek (Colo.) product spent a couple of years at Garden City CC, if you need him. Kansas Wesleyan catcher Brian Burke and KWU pitcher Dale Harder swept KCAC honors.
Emporia State is still in the hunt to finish second in the MIAA standings — they only trail Missouri Western by a game — and a big part of that success is 5-foot-3 third baseman Miranda Campbell. I put her height in there because I wanted to follow it with some catchy phrase — “packs a punch for her size” … “greatness in a tiny package” … “so don’t underestimate her”??? Nothing works. So how about she’s just …. really good! The Hornets went 5-1 last week and Campbell absolutely killed it — she hit .500 (8-for-16) with a homer, 8 RBI and seven runs. She missed the cycle by a single against Newman, too, going 5-for-5. Nice. Ottawa took home both KCAC honors with Scranton product Ashley Mundy your position player and Ashley Renaldi as your pitcher.
Here’s how the rest of your KCAC shook out …
GOLF: Jack Hiscock, Bethany
TRACK: Aric Cherry, Southwestern (Men); Ericka Joiner, Southwestern (Women)
FIELD: Max Brown, Ottawa (Men); Courtney Harris, Ottawa (women)
And on that note, I’m out.
And here’s this vid, just because I thought it was pretty damn awesome: