Success found on El Dorado road trip Tuesday...

Create: 03/29/2017 - 06:17

For weeks, unseasonable temps and dry, dry, dry....and then SPRING SPORTS commence!! :) We all knew this would happen, cold, rainy - welcome to SPRING in Kansas!

Rain was almost a non-issue Tuesday at El Dorado but then Mother Nature unleashed on the 2nd Varsity Baseball Game in the bottom of the 4th, putting an end to the evening's nightcap event. The game will be completed - a date for that not yet determined -when played, it will start in the bottom of the 4th, 1 out and the Crusaders up 8-1. We'll keep ya posted on the reschedule for all of that!

All good news to report on the other "3" completed games for season opening day 2017!

In GAME #1, the Varsity Boys dominated winning 9-2 with Senior Adam Hilt on the mound and with the win. Adam pitched 4.1 innings, struck out 8 and walked only 1. In relief, Junior southpaw Cade Phelps fanned the last 2 batters in the 5th (6 strikes on 8 pitches). Junior Trey Cary took the reigns after that and brought the Crusaders home for their first VICTORY of the year!! The boys in red put up 8 hits (7 singles and a double) // Frame 0/3 (3 walks), Hilt 1/3 (1 walk), Phelps 2/4, C. Nuss 1/3 (1 walk), Troutman 1/4, Jones 0/3, Cary 0/1, J. Nuss 0/2 (2 walks), Burnett 0/3, Ferguson 1/1, Driskell 2/4 double & single.

Game #1: WHS 6 EHS 3 (Gage Cunningham winning pitcher)
Game #2: WHS 9 EHS 2 (Cade Fairbanks winning pitcher) 


The Lady Crusaders meanwhile, put up 27 runs in two games vs the Lady Wildcats of El Dorado, winning GAME #1 16-5 and GAME #2 11-9. 

In GAME #1, chalk up Madison Lewellen's first win of the season - Madison went 6 innings, allowed 4 hits and 5 runs (2 ER), 12 strikeouts and 1 base on balls. The bats were HOT all evening as well, despite the cooler temps.

HITTING: Rusk 2/3 (triple), Buck 1/5 (double), McCorkle 3/4 (2 doubles), Lewellen 1/4,  Jones 1/4, Hain 1/4, Parkey 0/2, Templeton 2/3, Rausch 2/4

In GAME #2, chalk up Brooke McCorkle's first win of the season, Brooke went 4.1 innings, allowed 8 hits and 9 runs (5 ER), 8 strikeouts and 3 base on balls.

HITTING: Rusk 2/4 (double), Buck 1/4 (double), McCorkle 2/4, Lewellen 2/4 (double), Jones 3/4, Templeton 1/4, Parkey 0/3, Fink 1/3 (double), Rausch 2/3 (triple)



Next action for both Baseball and Softball will be THURSDAY, on the road at Andale HS! Baseball gets underway at 4PM, Softball @ 4:30PM - GO BIG RED - Keep it goin'!!!

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Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at or on Facebook or at any Crusader and/or Knight event year-round.