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GBHS taking back WAC starts with beating Indians

POSTED April 18, 2012 10:41 p.m.
Mack McClure Great Bend Tribune/

Press box photo of Great Bend’s Connor Sell b...

The last two springs, Hays High School has held baseball supremacy in the Western Athletic Conference.
It hasn’t always been this way.
During a 10-year stretch, from 2000 to 2009, Great Bend won at least a share of the conference championship nine times.
It’s safe to say if a team wants to win the WAC crown these days, it must go through Hays — just like the scenario with Great Bend in the not-too-distant past.
“In the WAC, with Hays, it’s always a tough task because they’re a very good team,” said Great Bend head coach Randy Beck, whose Panthers travel to Hays today for their WAC opener, with the first game of a doubleheader starting at 4. “If you’re going to win the WAC title, then you have to get Hays in two games and that’s definitely a goal of ours. It goes through Hays.
“We’ve got two beat two really good pitchers, Austin Unrein and Hayden Hutchison.”
Hays is currently 5-1 on the season while Great Bend is off to a 4-0 start.
The Panthers swept Scott City in their most recent games last Friday night in their official home opener at the new City of Great Bend Sports Complex, 14-4 in six innings, and 4-3 in the nightcap
Mitch Kottas, who robbed Scott City’s Devyn Eggelston of a two-run home run in left field during the one-run win with a leaping catch at the fence, figures to be the starting pitcher in today’s opener.
Kottas (1-0) pitched two strong innings in relief in game two against Scott City, getting the save for winning pitcher Braden Jones (1-0).
Bryce Beck (2-0) went the distance for the Panthers in the run-rule victory over Scott City.

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