Three Wildcats named to all-league baseball team

Louisburg sophomore Madden Rutherford earned second team All-Frontier League honors for his efforts this past season. Rutherford was the Wildcats’ No. 1 starter and among the team leaders in batting.

 

The Louisburg High School baseball team had its ups and downs during the 2018 season as it finished the year with a 7-15 record after a loss to state tournament qualifier, Paola, in the regional tournament.

Still, a few Wildcats were recognized for their efforts when it was all said and done.

When the All-Frontier League Baseball Team was released last week, three Louisburg players found themselves among those honored.

Sophomore Madden Rutherford was the highest honored Wildcat with second-team honors, while senior Garrett Caldwell and sophomore Garrett Harding each finished with honorable mention selections.

“Our league is always very competitive and has a number of quality players,” Louisburg coach Joel McGhee said. “Each year we nominate our top performers and see how other coaches in the league viewed the competition throughout the season. This will be an even more elite group to join in the following seasons as we add the new teams to the league. We were represented well and are happy to see that our underclassmen are being noticed throughout the league.

“These three provided great at bats throughout the season. All three guys were in the middle of our lineup and they did a great job getting timely hits and driving in runs.”

Rutherford was named to the all-league second team in the outfield, but also served as the team’s No. 1 starter. In six starts, he had a 5.12 ERA and struck out 23 batters in 28 innings pitched. He also committed just three errors in 19 games.

At the plate, Rutherford had a .408 average with 10 RBIs, three doubles, a triple, a home run and scored 15 runs.

“Rutherford was our ace and consistently filled up the strike zone, keeping us competitive in a challenging league,” McGhee said. “He was extremely valuable on defense, playing multiple positions in the infield and outfield.”

Senior Garrett Caldwell ended his Wildcat campaign with an honorable mention all-league selection.

Caldwell earned all-league honors for the second straight season for his work at third base. He was a fixture in the Louisburg lineup as he batted .329 on the season and had 23 hits, three doubles, two triples, two home runs and had 22 RBIs.

“Garrett had a solid performance at third base this year and provided good leadership for our team,” McGhee said. “He showed great hustle on the base path and was willing to do what was necessary to win games. He put together a very good season in his final year at Louisburg.”

Harding also spent time in a few different spots for Louisburg as he served as the team’s first baseman, designated hitter and pitcher, which garnered him an all-league selection at the utility spot.

Sophomore Garrett Harding recently earned honorable mention all-league honors as a utility player.

In 21 games, Harding led the Wildcats with a .418 average and finished the season with 23 hits, a double, a grand slam and 20 RBIs. On the mound, he had 2.47 earned run average in 11 innings of work and defensively he committed just one error.

“Harding was another versatile tool, but spent a majority of his time at designated hitter,” McGhee said. “He pitched very efficiently in his outings throughout the season and provided us with quality defense at first base. He performed very well at the plate, which is what earned his honorable mention spot on the all-league team. He did not hit a lot of extra base hits, but got very timely hits that plated a significant number of runs.”

ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE BASEBALL

FIRST TEAM

INFIELD: Darren Winans, senior, De Soto; Kurt Golubski, senior, Paola; Chad Bones, junior, Ottawa; Kaleb Shaffer, senior, Ottawa

OUTFIELD: Khalil Thrasher, senior, Eudora; Jackson Burrell, senior, Spring Hill; Nick Modes, senior, Paola

CATCHER: Chandler Bloomer, senior, Ottawa

PITCHER: Conner Mackay, senior, De Soto; Jared Parenti, senior, Ottawa

UTILITY: Anthony Slaughter, senior, De Soto

 

SECOND TEAM

INFIELD: Bryce Mohl, senior, De Soto; Cody Lucas, senior, Spring Hill; Nash Dreiling, senior, Paola; Chris Wilks, senior, Baldwin

OUTFIELD: Jack Barger, senior, De Soto; Peyton Garvin, senior, Eudora; Madden Rutherford, sophomore, Louisburg

CATCHER: Evan Peuser, sophomore, Paola

PITCHER: Tyler Barkemeyer, junior, De Soto; Jake Schrock, senior, Baldwin

UTILITY: Michael Daggett, sophomore, Paola

 

HONORABLE MENTION

INFIELD: Conner Mackay, senior, De Soto; Bryce Towles, senior, Spring Hill; Luke Angermayer, senior, Paola; Owen LaMar, senior, Ottawa; Jake Schrock, senior, Baldwin; Garrett Caldwell, senior, Louisburg

OUTFIELD: Connor Strouse, senior, De Soto; Zade Barker, sophomore, Spring Hill; Wyatt Johnston, senior, Paola; Garrett Owings, senior, Baldwin

CATCHER: Corbyn Meyers, sophomore, Spring Hill; Garrett Borth, senior, Baldwin

PITCHER: Jayden Pierce, junior, Eudora; Garret Trimmer, junior, Paola; Chance Crowley, senior, Ottawa

UTILITY: Cameron Reynolds, junior, Ottawa; Ty Bennett, junior, Baldwin; Garrett Harding, sophomore, Louisburg




2018 Male Athlete of the Year Nominees

For the past two years, Louisburg Sports Zone has given out Athlete of the Week awards during each of the three sports seasons. I do it to recognize special athletic achievements and highlight them a little bit. So this year, I wanted to take it a step further.

This year Louisburg Sports Zone will be handing out an Athlete of the Year honor to a male and female athlete at Louisburg High School. I wanted the opportunity to recognize those who exemplify what it means to be an “athlete.”

Although I am giving out the award, I wanted the process to subjective, so I asked the head coaches at LHS to help me out. I asked each coach to send me nominations of who they thought exemplified the Athlete of the Year honor. They will then vote for their top 3 male and female and then I will tabulate the results and determine the winner. In the next couple of weeks, I will announce this year recipient.

Below are the male nominees for this year’s award in alphabetical order by last name. Congrats to all those who were nominated and best of luck!

2018 LOUISBURG SPORTS ZONE

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

 

Blue Caplinger – Junior – Football, Wrestling, Track and Field

Caplinger played a big role for the Wildcat football team as he shared quarterback duties to start the year and then moved over to the tight end spot, but his biggest impact came on defense where he earned honorable mention all-Frontier League honors. He finished the season with 32 tackles and two interceptions from his secondary spot.

On the wrestling mat, Caplinger was a state qualifier for the Wildcats at 160 pounds and finished his season with a 34-14 record. He won titles at two different tournaments and holds the team record with most career reversals with 71.

Caplinger also fared well on the track where he ran sprints and relays for Louisburg. Caplinger was a member of the 4×400-meter relay team that finished seventh in the state in Class 4A, and also ran on the 4×100-meter relay team that qualified for the Kansas Relays.

 

Cade Holtzen – Freshman – Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field

Holtzen thrived on the wrestling mat this past season as he earned the Wildcats’ lone state medal. He finished sixth overall at 113 pounds and became the second freshman in school history to place at state with a 45-6 record.

He also broke two team records in the process. Holtzen currently holds the mark for most wins in a season (45), most nearfall-2 (23). He also led the Wildcats in five other statistical categories.

Holtzen was a Frontier League and regional runner-up and won tournament titles at four different competitions.

He also ran on the Louisburg varsity cross country team and ran distance races for the Wildcat track team.

 

Austin Moore – junior – football, wrestling, track and field

On the football team, Moore was named a team captain and had success on both sides of the ball. As a running back, he recorded 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, he tallied more than 70 tackles from the linebacker spot.

Moore was named to the all-Frontier League first team on both sides of the ball and was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Topeka-Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle. He was also named an all-state, all-purpose player by K-Preps. Moore was also selected as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and recipient of the BAC Award.

On the wrestling mat, he was also a team captain and recorded a 43-7 record. Moore was a state qualifier at 195 pounds and was a regional runner-up. He won the team’s Workhorse Award and set a program record with 38 pins. Moore also had the highest GPA on the team.

Moore threw the javelin for the Wildcat track and field team as recorded a season best throw of 151 feet in the regional meet and finished eighth.

 

John Wyatt Reece – Senior – Cross Country, Track and Field

Reece became the first state cross country medalist in several years for Louisburg High School. He finished 11th overall at the Class 4A meet in Wamego to earn a medal and also earned all-state honors for his effort.

He also finished runner-up in the Frontier League meet and currently holds the third fastest time in school history. He earned first-team all-league honors. Reece also competed at the CCCNC National Race where he medaled individually and was a part of the second place team.

In track, Reece qualified for state in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and finished ninth at state in the 3,200. He was also a regional runner-up in both events.

Reece was a Kansas Relays qualifier and medalist in the 2,000-meter steeplechase and currently holds the school record.

Reece has signed with Southwest Minnesota State next season and will run for the Mustangs starting next fall.

 

 

Madden Rutherford – Sophomore – Football, Basketball, Baseball

Rutherford took over the starting quarterback role as a sophomore for the Wildcat football team and became a dual-threat athlete at that position. He finished with 670 yards through the air and had eight touchdowns. On the ground, he racked up 318 yards and two more touchdowns. His performance helped him to a second-team honor on the all-Frontier League team.

On the baseball diamond, Rutherford was the Wildcats’ top pitcher on the season and also did his job out on in the field as he earned second team all-Frontier League honors as an outfielder. Rutherford started six games this season and pitched 28 innings with a 5.12 earned run average and struck out 23 batters. At the plate, he finished the season with a .408 average, three doubles, a triple, a home run and had 10 RBIs. He also ended the year with only three errors in 19 games.

Rutherford also saw a lot of varsity time for the Wildcat basketball team as he played in 17 games.

 

Grant Ryals – Senior – Soccer, Golf

Ryals led the Louisburg boys soccer team as he garnered first team all-league and all-state honors this past season. He served as team captain the past two seasons and scored seven goals and had 11 assists from the midfield spot.

His 11 assists put him fourth in the all-time Louisburg single season record and his 23 career assists place him second all-time.

Ryals will continue his soccer career at William Jewell College next season.

Ryals was also a member of the Louisburg varsity golf team and was a part of several runner-up team finishes with the Wildcats.

 




All-Frontier League Baseball, Girls Soccer and Softball teams

ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE BASEBALL

FIRST TEAM

INFIELD: Darren Winans, senior, De Soto; Kurt Golubski, senior, Paola; Chad Bones, junior, Ottawa; Kaleb Shaffer, senior, Ottawa

OUTFIELD: Khalil Thrasher, senior, Eudora; Jackson Burrell, senior, Spring Hill; Nick Modes, senior, Paola

CATCHER: Chandler Bloomer, senior, Ottawa

PITCHER: Conner Mackay, senior, De Soto; Jared Parenti, senior, Ottawa

UTILITY: Anthony Slaughter, senior, De Soto

 

SECOND TEAM

INFIELD: Bryce Mohl, senior, De Soto; Cody Lucas, senior, Spring Hill; Nash Dreiling, senior, Paola; Chris Wilks, senior, Baldwin

OUTFIELD: Jack Barger, senior, De Soto; Peyton Garvin, senior, Eudora; Madden Rutherford, sophomore, Louisburg

CATCHER: Evan Peuser, sophomore, Paola

PITCHER: Tyler Barkemeyer, junior, De Soto; Jake Schrock, senior, Baldwin

UTILITY: Michael Daggett, sophomore, Paola

 

HONORABLE MENTION

INFIELD: Conner Mackay, senior, De Soto; Bryce Towles, senior, Spring Hill; Luke Angermayer, senior, Paola; Owen LaMar, senior, Ottawa; Jake Schrock, senior, Baldwin; Garrett Caldwell, senior, Louisburg

OUTFIELD: Connor Strouse, senior, De Soto; Zade Barker, sophomore, Spring Hill; Wyatt Johnston, senior, Paola; Garrett Owings, senior, Baldwin

CATCHER: Corbyn Meyers, sophomore, Spring Hill; Garrett Borth, senior, Baldwin

PITCHER: Jayden Pierce, junior, Eudora; Garret Trimmer, junior, Paola; Chance Crowley, senior, Ottawa

UTILITY: Cameron Reynolds, junior, Ottawa; Ty Bennett, junior, Baldwin; Garrett Harding, sophomore, Louisburg

 

 

ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE GIRLS SOCCER

FIRST TEAM

Caitlin Countryman, junior, Baldwin

Josie Boyle, sophomore, Baldwin

Mackenzie Mohl, sophomore, De Soto

Jordan Zade, freshman, De Soto

Morgan Laplante, junior, De Soto

Bailey Belcher, senior, Louisburg

Mackenzie Scholtz, sophomore, Louisburg

Sara Watson, senior, Spring Hill

Mallory Smith, junior, Spring Hill

Anna Watson, senior, Spring Hill

GOALIE: Taylor Rogers, senior, De Soto

 

SECOND TEAM

Anna Burnett, sophomore, Baldwin

Caitlin Walton, senior, De Soto

Alexa Rosetta, senior, De Soto

Alex Schemmel, senior, De Soto

Kate Erpelding, freshman, Eudora

Alex Pascua, freshman, Eudora

Erin Lemke, sophomore, Louisburg

Amanda Wray, senior, Ottawa

Jasmine Diaz, senior, De Soto

Kaylen Dawson, sophomore, Spring Hill

GOALIE: Emery Mounce, sophomore, Spring Hill

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Lauren Russell, freshman, Baldwin

Samantha McKinney, senior, Baldwin

Ashley Panagakis, junior, De Soto

Krista Rush, junior, De Soto

Nicole Whitten, senior, Eudora

Kaitlyn Lewer, junior, Louisburg

Trinity Moore, sophomore, Louisburg

Savannah Reinhart, senior, Louisburg

Lexi Dillon, freshman, Spring Hill

GOALIE: Shay Whiting, senior, Louisburg; Britney Smith, senior, Ottawa

 

ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE SOFTBALL

FIRST TEAM

INFIELD: Kamryn Shaffer, senior, Ottawa; Molly Rison, junior, Louisburg; Betsy Parmley, senior, Baldwin; Sierra Smith, sophomore, Eudora

OUTFIELD: Sienna Hall, senior, Baldwin; Audrey Flowers, junior, Baldwin; Elizabeth Hays, senior, Spring Hill

CATCHER: Gaige Pinkerton, freshman, Spring Hill

PITCHER: Jordan Johnson, senior, Paola; Kyla Etter, junior, Eudora

UTILITY: Regan Smith, senior, Spring Hill

 

SECOND TEAM

INFIELD: Jenna DeVore, senior, Ottawa; Hannah Menefee, junior, Paola; Paige Cooper, sophomore, Spring Hill; Kennedy Doherty, senior, Eudora

OUTFIELD: Justine Kennington, junior, Ottawa; Aubrey Weatherbie, sophomore, Paola; Devin Pucell, senior, Eudora

CATCHER: Emma Grossoehme, freshman, Baldwin

PITCHER: Layney Steging, junior, Spring Hill

UTILITY: Hannah Pearce, senior, Paola

 

HONORABLE MENTION

INFIELD: Halle Schindler, junior, Paola; Kayla Willey, sophomore, Louisburg; Avery Karlin, freshman, De Soto; Kellee Wiggins, senior, Baldwin; Megan Kennedy, junior, Eudora

OUTFIELD: Alli Kerns, junior, Ottawa; Jordan Diehl, sophomore, De Soto; McKInley Markley, senior, Baldwin

CATCHER: Jocelyn Woods, senior, Ottawa; Josie Bedford, senior, De Soto; Alaina Howe, senior, Eudora

UTILITY: Karson Griggs, junior, Louisburg




Spring Hill takes two from Louisburg on Senior Night

Louisburg senior Garrett Caldwell tags out a Spring Hill runner in a cloud of dust during the Wildcats’ game with the Broncos on May 7 at Lewis-Young Park. Caldwell and fellow senior Nate Swenson were both honored during a Senior Night ceremony.

 

As Garrett Caldwell and Nate Swenson made their way onto the Lewis-Young Park field for the second game of a doubleheader with Spring Hill, they both knew it would be the final time they would step foot on their home dirt.

The Louisburg seniors were certainly going to make the most of it.

After Louisburg fell to Spring Hill 14-4 in the opener, both players did all they could to try and get a win in their final game, but came up just short in a 6-5 loss on May 7.

In between games, Caldwell and Swenson were both honored with their parents during a Senior Night ceremony for recognition for what they gave to the program.

Both players gave it all they had in their final home game.

Nate Swenson winds back for pitch during the Wildcats’ second game with Spring Hill on May 7.

Caldwell went for 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, an RBI and a stolen base, while Swenson also had a single to go along with four innings of relief work. He gave up just two unearned runs in four innings on four hits.

Spring Hill opened the second game with a 3-run first inning, but the Wildcats struck back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on a 2-run double from junior Noah Larson that scored Caldwell and Garrett Harding.

Louisburg (7-13) trailed Spring Hill 6-3 in the sixth inning when the Wildcats cut into the Broncos’ lead once again. Caldwell singled home Logan McClellan, and then two batters later, Larson drove home this third run when he singled home Caldwell.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats could get no closer as they ended their regular season with a loss.

Larson led the Louisburg offense with a three hit performance, including a double and 3 RBIs. Michael Rogers and McClellan also had a pair of hits for the Wildcats.

In the opener, the Wildcats found themselves down three runs to Spring Hill in the third inning, only to make a rally with one big swing of the bat. With the bases loaded, Harding, a sophomore, connected on his first varsity grand slam to give the Wildcats a 4-3 lead.

The lead didn’t last long as the Wildcats committed a pair of errors that led to eight Spring Hill runs in the top of the fourth inning and Louisburg trailed 10-4 and would get no closer.

Rogers and Harding each led the Louisburg offense with a pair of hits. Jakob Krause had a pair of stolen bases and Rogers added another.

Although its regular season came end, the postseason is just beginning for Louisburg. The Wildcats are the No. 4 seed in the Fort Scott regional tournament and they will meet No. 1 seed Paola at 2 p.m. today.

If the Wildcats advance, they will meet the winner of Spring Hill and Fort Scott in the regional championship game at 5 p.m.

 




Ottawa hits five home runs to sweep Louisburg baseball

Louisburg sophomore Madden Rutherford makes a pitch Tuesday during the first game of the Wildcats’ doubleheader with Ottawa. 

 

OTTAWA – The Louisburg baseball team hit the road for the final time in the regular season Tuesday when it traveled to Ottawa for a doubleheader.

It didn’t go as the Wildcats would have hoped as they fell 11-4 and 12-1 to Ottawa and are now 7-11 on the season.

Louisburg nearly picked up a win in the opener as it took an early 3-1 lead into the fourth inning before the Cyclones struck for three runs in the fourth inning to take a one run lead.

The Wildcats tied the game in the fifth inning when Madden Rutherford opened the inning with a double and then scored on a single by Garrett Harding. That momentum didn’t last long as Ottawa scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and then scored six times in the sixth to seal the win.

Rutherford got the start for Louisburg and limited Cyclones to five runs over five innings and struck out four. Harding led the Wildcat offense with a pair of hits to go along with 3 RBIs.

Jakob Krause, Beckett Rasmussen and Logan McClellan each finished the game with two hits, while Krause and Garrett Caldwell each added a double to their line.

Louisburg had a tough time keeping in the Cyclones in the park as Ottawa combined for five home runs between the two games, including three in the nightcap, in which the Cyclones jumped out to a 9-1 lead after two innings and never looked back.

Harding had two of the three Wildcat hits in the second game and Krause added the other. For the game, Ottawa pounded out 11 hits to go along with its 12 runs.

The Wildcats will try and end their regular season on a good note today when they host Spring Hill for a senior night doubleheader. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.




Krause helps Louisburg to split of Anderson County

Louisburg shortstop Nate Swenson turns a double play Thursday during the Wildcats’ home doubleheader with Anderson County at Lewis-Young Park. The Wildcats won the opener 8-0, before falling in the second game.

 

Coming off a pair of losses to De Soto earlier in the week, the Louisburg baseball team needed a little pick-me-up.

And Jakob Krause was able to give it to them.

Krause pitched a complete game shutout Thursday in the doubleheader opener against Anderson County at Lewis-Young Park and helped the Wildcats to an 8-0 victory to get back on the winning track.

The Wildcats were unable to get the sweep as they lost, 3-0, in the nightcap. Still, the Wildcats had plenty of positives to build on, especially in the opener.

Krause, a junior, pitched seven innings and allowed no runs on six hits and struck out three batters as he gave the Wildcat pitching staff some much-needed rest.

Louisburg’s offense did its job in backing him up as it scored eight runs on eight hits and took advantage of five Anderson County errors. Krause helped his own cause as he finished with a pair of hits and 2 RBIs.

Sophomore Madden Rutherford also drove in a pair of runs and had two hits to help the Wildcats. Catcher Chase Norton finished with two singles and senior Garrett Caldwell recorded 2 RBIs on a single in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Sophomore Garrett Harding added an RBI and Michael Rogers finished with a double. Gabe Rader and Logan McClellan each scored a pair of runs.

Beckett Rasmussen makes contact with a pitch Thursday against Anderson County.

The Wildcats (7-9) took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning where it scored three more times and added two more runs in the sixth to seal the win.

Louisburg had a difficult time getting anything going in the nightcap as Anderson County shutdown the Wildcats’ offense. Anderson County scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to pull away. The Bulldogs also took advantage of four Wildcat errors.

Jakob Krause, Andrew Krause, Noah Larson, Rutherford and Beckett Rasmussen each singled for the Wildcats in the loss.

Larson got the start for Louisburg and kept the Wildcats in the game as he pitched six innings and gave up just one earned run on four hits and struck out two.

Louisburg returns to action today when it travels to Ottawa for a doubleheader as it is the Wildcats’ lone contests of the week. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

 

De Soto blanks Louisburg

Louisburg had a tough time with the De Soto pitching staff last Tuesday at 3&2 Baseball Complex in Lenexa.

The Wildcats found themselves on the wrong end of a pair of shutouts against De Soto. Louisburg lost the opener, 4-0, and fell in the nightcap, 9-0.

Sophomore Madden Rutherford started the opener and tried to keep the Wildcats’ in it. He pitched complete game and gave up two earned runs on eight hits and struck out two.

Louisburg catcher Chase Norton tracks down a De Soto player on a rundown last Tuesday.

De Soto’s Conner Mackay was tough on the Wildcats as he struck out 13 batters in the complete game shutout and limited Louisburg to two hits, which were singles by Beckett Rasmussen and Logan McClellan.

The nightcap was much of the same for Louisburg as De Soto jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and never looked back. Jakob Krause had a pair of singles to lead the Louisburg offense, while Rutherford added a double. Garrett Harding also singled as the Wildcats totaled four hits.




Louisburg sweeps Osawatomie, Wildcats on 3-game win streak

Louisburg sophomore pitcher Garrett Harding was one of three Wildcats to earn a win this past week after Louisburg swept Osawatomie on Thursday and split with Baldwin on April 17.

 

The Louisburg baseball team spent the first two weeks of the season away from home and finally had a chance to host a pair of doubleheaders Thursday against Osawatomie and April 17 against Baldwin.

After splitting two games with Baldwin, the Wildcats put together the right combination of pitching and offense against Osawatomie as Louisburg earned the sweep at Lewis-Young Park with a 10-0 and 15-2 victory.

The Wildcats, which took three of four games on the week, evened their record to 6-6 on the season and are now riding a 3-game winning streak.

“Getting the wins was a great way to build some momentum as we are set to play a competitive De Soto team this week,” Louisburg coach Joel McGhee said. “We had great defensive and offensive play that allowed us to have a successful week.”

Juniors Jakob Krause and Noah Larson each got complete game victories against Osawatomie and kept the Trojan hitters off-balance.

Krause pitched five innings in the opener and gave up just two hits and struck out eight batters. He found himself in a tough situation in the first inning as Osawatomie loaded the bases, but he got out of the inning by stranding all three runners.

Larson pitched five innings in the nightcap and gave up two earned runs on five hits and also struck out five batters.

Louisburg junior Jakob Krause pitched a complete game shutout Thursday against Osawatomie.

“Krause and Larson both threw very well against Osawatomie,” McGhee said. “Jakob started off the first inning well with a strikeout and a pop-up, however the pop-up was dropped. At that point you could tell that he was trying to take things into his own hands and was a bit shaken. When he came out in the second, he settled down and took control of the game. He got ahead early in counts and threw strikes consistently. We can’t ask any more of our pitchers.

“Larson filled up the zone in the second game as well. He worked ahead and allowed the defense to work behind him. He got the leadoff batter out in four of the five innings. It built confidence for Larson and for our defense. He threw first pitch strikes to a majority of the batters that he faced and made Osawatomie work to get runs by getting hits.”

Louisburg’s offense also had a big fourth inning in each game.

The Wildcats broke open a scoreless contest in the opener with a 9-run fourth inning and took advantage of three Osawatomie errors and were hit by a pitch twice.

Larson led the Wildcat offense with a pair of hits, scored twice and had an RBI. Sophomore Garrett Harding had a big 2-run single in the fourth inning, while Krause, Chase Norton, Garrett Caldwell, Madden Rutherford and Michael Rogers also had RBIs.

In the nightcap, Louisburg jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then scored two more runs in the third and broke the game open with another 9-run fourth inning. The Wildcats scored their 15 runs on 15 hits and were also helped by six Osawatomie errors.

Harding had a big day at the plate as he finished 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Larson and Caldwell also finished with a pair of hits as both had a triple and Larson had 2 RBIs.

Rogers and Rutherford also had two hits each, while senior Nate Swenson finished with 2 RBIs.

“As a team we had a good approach at the plate,” McGhee said. “We strung together series of hits and moved runners around the bases. We advanced runners on steals and hit and runs, and saw a majority of our base runners cross the plate. A big part of our success was putting the ball in play and we limited the number of strikeouts. We gave ourselves a chance and had some hard hit balls rather than losing opportunities to strikeouts.

“The big innings were great. We’ve been on both sides of them this season and have felt both the positive and negative impacts. It is great to be on the positive side and build momentum that pushes us out front. Our guys feed off the energy that builds and do a great job of taking advantage of those moments.”

Louisburg will try to keep its winning streak alive when it returns to action Tuesday as it travels to De Soto for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

 

Louisburg earns split with Baldwin

In its home opener on April 17, Louisburg faced a little adversity as the Wildcats lost the first game of their doubleheader with Baldwin, 12-0.

The nightcap, however, was a different story as the Wildcats had two big innings that propelled them to a 10-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Garrett Harding calmed the waters for Louisburg as he allowed just one run on three hits and also struck out a pair of batters.

“Garrett helped establish how game two was going to end,” Louisburg coach Joel McGhee said. “He threw two 1-2-3 innings, got the leadoff batter out in five innings, and had two innings that he threw 13 or fewer pitches. He challenges each batter he faces, making the batters work to get hits. He steps on the rubber and throws hard – a pretty no non-sense approach. He does a good job locating his pitches, allowing the defense to back him up.”

Louisburg junior Noah Larson connects for a base hit on April 17 against Baldwin at Lewis-Young Park.

The Wildcat offense gave Harding an early lead to work with as they scored four runs in the first inning and added six more in the sixth to all but seal the win.

Harding helped his own cause as he led the Wildcat offense with three hits and 3 RBIs, while Garrett Caldwell had a single, a double and 2 RBIs and Nate Swenson also had a pair of hits.

Beckett Rasmussen also finished the game with two hits, while Chase Norton and Jakob Krause each had a double.

“Things went south quick in the first game against Baldwin,” McGhee said. “We gifted several extra outs and Baldwin took full advantage of them and their bats came alive. They had some hard hit balls to the gaps and ran the bases well. We could have kept our heads down in game two, but the guys bounced back. They were not going to stay down and got a big win for us.”




Wellsville sweeps Louisburg baseball

Louisburg second baseman Michael Rogers looks in a throw while a Wellsville runner tries to steal a base Thursday in Wellsville. Louisburg came up short in the doubleheader as they suffered a pair of losses, 5-1 and 11-7.

 

WELLSVILLE – The road wasn’t too kind to the Louisburg High School baseball team Thursday when it traveled to Wellsville for a doubleheader.

The Wildcats just didn’t have enough pitching to keep up with the Wellsville bats.

Wellsville chipped away at the Wildcats in the opener and eventually pulled away for a 5-1 victory. Louisburg had a five-run lead late in the nightcap, but the Eagles responded for 10 runs in two innings to steal an 11-7 win from the Wildcats.

In the opener, Louisburg (3-5) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after three straight walks and Gabe Rader eventually came around to score on a groundout by Beckett Rasmussen.

That would be all the offense the Wildcats could muster as they recorded five hits overall on singles from Jakob Krause, Garrett Caldwell, Madden Rutherford, Garrett Harding and Chase Norton.

Krause got the start for Louisburg and pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, but just one of them were earned as the Wildcats committed four errors in the game. Logan McClellan pitched three innings of relief and gave up another earned run, before Andrew Krause pitched the final inning.

Wellsville tied the game in the bottom of the second and then scored two more in the third and one in the fifth and sixth innings to seal the win.

Louisburg was able to get the bats going in the second game as they took a one-run lead into the top of the fifth inning and scored more four more times to go up 6-1.

In that inning, Louisburg took advantage of two Wellsville errors and a walk to load the bases. Nate Swenson reached on another Wellsville error to score Caldwell.

Norton then came through with an RBI single to score Rutherford and Michael Rogers singled home two more runs to give Louisburg a five-run lead.

Louisburg catcher Chase Norton tags out a leaping Wellsville runner Thursday.

That lead didn’t last long as Wellsville responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth and four more in the sixth to take a 11-6 lead. Louisburg added a run in the seventh, but the Wildcats could get no closer.

Rogers led the Wildcat bats in the nightcap with a pair of singles and 2 RBIs, while Rutherford and Caldwell each had a double. Norton also had two RBIs for Louisburg.

Noah Larson started the game for Louisburg and struck out six batters in four innings of work, while giving up six earned runs. Andrew Krause pitched the final two innings for the Wildcats.

Louisburg will try and snap its four-game losing streak tonight when it hosts Baldwin for its home opener at Lewis-Young Park. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.




Wildcats fall to Eudora in walkoff fashion

Louisburg sophomore Madden Rutherford makes a pitch Tuesday during the Wildcats’ doubleheader at Eudora. The Wildcats fell in walkoff fashion in the opener, 11-10, and lost the nightcap 9-6.

 

EUDORA – For six innings, everything seemed to being going right for the Louisburg baseball team.

Louisburg had a 5-run lead going into the final inning of play Tuesday in Eudora and appeared to have a win all wrapped up.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it didn’t have a happy ending.

Eudora rallied for six runs in the seventh inning and came away with an 11-10 walkoff win over Louisburg and took that momentum into the nightcap. The Cardinals started the second game with nine straight runs, and despite a late rally of their own, the Wildcats fell 9-6 and left Eudora with a pair of losses.

Louisburg (3-3) got a strong start in the opener from sophomore Madden Rutherford as he took the game into the fifth inning and gave up four earned runs and also struck out four.

In turn, the Wildcat offense backed him up as they scored three runs in the first, two in second, fourth in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 10-5 lead.

Jakob Krause relieved Rutherford in the fifth, finished off the inning and pitched a strong sixth before running into trouble in the seventh when Eudora started finding holes and the Wildcats couldn’t stop the bleeding.

“Our defense struggled to support Rutherford’s effort in the first game,” Louisburg coach Joel McGhee said. “The mound becomes a very tough and lonely place to be when extra outs are provided to the offense.”

Louisburg first baseman Noah Larson gets ready to make a tag on a runner Thursday.

Senior Garrett Caldwell led the Wildcat bats with a four-hit performance to go along with 2 RBIs. Nate Swenson and Rutherford both had 2-hit games and had 2 RBIs. Rutherford recorded a triple and Swenson added a double to his line.

Junior Beckett Rasmussen also finished with 3 RBIs and fellow junior Noah Larson finished with a double.

In the nightcap, Eudora picked up right where it left off as it scored three runs in the first and second inning to take a 6-0 advantage and then tacked on three more in the sixth to grab a 9-0 lead into the final inning.

The Wildcats certainly didn’t back down as they scored six times in the seventh. Larson and Garrett Harding each had base hits that scored runs. Louisburg also scored thanks to two Eudora errors and a wild pitch to help get them back in the game.

Chase Norton and Rutherford led the Louisburg offense with three hits each, while Caldwell, Larson, Harding and Michael Rogers each finished with an RBI.

“Offensively things went well, we made solid contact and moved around the base path,” McGhee said. “We took a few chances to try and get things started in the second game and showed great hustle in those plays, but Eudora’s defenders made plays to get outs. As a team we took advantage of Eudora’s mistakes in the top of the seventh and fought till the end.”

After Eudora jumped out to a big lead, Harding came in for relief and calmed things down as he pitched four innings and gave up three earned runs on just four hits.

“Rutherford and Harding pitched quality games,” McGhee said. “Both filled up the zone and got the ground balls and fly balls we wanted. Neither gave up many hard hit balls. Harding came in the second game and threw three shutout innings and was very efficient and had quality defensive support.”

Louisburg will try and bounce back today when it travels to Wellsville for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.




Wildcats pound out 37 runs in sweep of Prairie View

Louisburg’s Jakob Krause was one of several Wildcats who found success at the plate Thursday against Prairie View. Louisburg earned the sweep over the Buffalos and are now 3-1 to start the season.

 

LA CYGNE – Up and down the lineup, the hits kept coming and there wasn’t much Prairie View could do to stop it, either.

The Louisburg bats came alive Thursday during a doubleheader at Prairie View High School as the Wildcats pounded out 37 runs on 23 hits in a sweep of the Buffalos.

Louisburg rolled to a 19-3 victory in the opener, and the hits didn’t stop in the nightcap as the Wildcats picked up where they left off in an 18-2 win. It was night where everyone got in on the action.

“Everyone came ready to play,” Louisburg coach Joel McGhee said. “We started off early and continued to plate runs inning after inning.  It was a fun night to be a part of and the team enjoyed it. We started the game by plating 11 runs, which can make you a bit nervous, knowing that you might head to the field to relax. But the guys came out and had a great focus in the field. They put together two very good games.”

Although several Wildcats contributed offensively, none was bigger than Garrett Caldwell. The Louisburg senior had three hits in the first game that included an inside-the-park home run and a triple, which led to 7 RBIs.

Caldwell finished with five hits and 9 RBIs between the two games, and his 3-run inside-the-park home run helped propel the Wildcats (3-1) to an 11-run first inning to start the doubleheader.

“Garrett had a solid performance,” McGhee said. “He was seeing the ball well and made solid contact. He had some hard hit balls to the gap that allowed runners to move extra bases. He also showed great hustle on the base path himself, stretching a deep line drive to center into a home run and following that up with a triple later in the game.”

Jakob Krause, Beckett Rasmussen, Chase Norton and Madden Rutherford each had 2 RBIs in game one. Rutherford scored his on a 2-run home run in the fourth inning to help seal the win for Louisburg.

Rutherford also picked up the win for the Wildcats as he pitched four innings and gave up just two earned runs to go along with six strikeouts.

The strong hitting continued in game two as Louisburg scored two runs each in the first two innings, and then broke the game open with a 5-run third and a 7-run fourth to put the game away.

Michael Rogers and Nate Swenson each had 3 RBIs to lead the Wildcats in the nightcap and Rogers had the Wildcats’ lone extra base hit with a double. Caldwell and Garrett Harding each had a pair of RBIs.

“Our offensive performance was contagious,” McGhee said. “Once we got momentum going it started to spread. We had good approaches at the plate and put ourselves in position to get the pitches we wanted to see. We had timely hits and took advantage of the extra outs we were given.”

Krause provided the Wildcats with another strong start as he went four innings and gave up just one earned run. Swenson finished the game by pitching the fifth inning and struck out the side.

“Our pitchers came out and threw well,” McGhee said. “They filled up the zone and gave the defense the opportunity to work behind them. We hit a few patches that we struggled to find the zone, but battled back to get outs.”

Louisburg will try and keep its winning streak alive today when it travels to Eudora for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.