Following titles in its respective regional tournaments, the Ottawa High School and Wellsville High School baseball teams are set for state.
Ottawa (12-10) beat Baldwin and Abilene Tuesday en route to its second straight regional championship. The team is the No. 6 seed in the 4A Division I State Tournament and will play the No. 3 seed Andover Central (16-6) 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Soden’s Grove, 1000 S. Commercial St., Emporia.
Wellsville out-scored its opponents by a combined total of 42-6 — including a 15-4 win over Oskaloosa in the championship game — to claim its 3A regional. The Eagles (19-4) are the No. 8 seed at 3A state, and are set to play top-seeded Thomas More Prep (22-1) 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Tointon Family Stadium, 1800 College Ave, Manhattan.
“We’ve had quite a few good practices,” Bryan Kindle, WHS head baseball coach, said. “I think the are anxious to get [to the state tournament]. They aren’t going to shy away from anyone.”
Kindle noted his team is peaking at the right time of the season.
“I think they had the mindset that they were going to make it back [to the state tournament],” he said.
If either or both teams win its first round game, they will play in the semifinals Friday.