Editor's note: This is the final of a two-part series commemorating the 1955 GBHS state championship baseball team. Terry Knowles, a member of the 1955 Panthers, wrote the feature and, with teammates, recalls, 60 years later, that glorious season in the history of the GBHS baseball program.
May 08, 2015|
TERRY KNOWLES, Special to the Tribune
HAYS- Due to inclement weather, Thursday's GBHS baseball game against Hays at the Diamond Classic has been cancelled. Plans to reschedule the game are pending. The Panthers are scheduled to face Goddard and Word of Life at 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Larks Park in Hays.
WICHITA- Facing sudden death in a second overtime slot, Jessica Loera made the most of the opportunity and nailed the game winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Wichita Southeast Tuesday evening. Tuesday's win marked the second of a back-to-back for the Panthers following home competition on Monday against Thomas More Prep.
MAIZE- Wet field conditions, stranded runners and six errors proved costly for Great Bend as the Panthers fell in a 9-3 regional decision Tuesday to Salina-South in Maize. Tuesday's regional was called in the fifth inning due to an increasingly wet playing surface as rain showers continued to cause havoc for grounds crews.
Due to inclement weather forecasted for the area, today's 5A Region 1 softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex has been postponed and moved to Thursday, May 21. Starting times for the tournament remain as originally scheduled.
MAIZE- The Great Bend girls soccer team will face No. 3 seed Maize South (13-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening in the girls 5A Region 3 tournament hosted by Maize South. Great Bend (4-11-1) is listed as the 14th seed. Other Region 3 competition includes 11th seed Liberal (5-10-1) taking on Andover Central (10-5-1, 6th seed) in a 5 p.m. contest at Andover Central Tuesday. The Region 3 championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Maize South.
The 2015 WAC champion Great Bend softball team will take on Emporia at 4:30 p.m. in the second round of the Region 1 tournament Tuesday, May 19. The Great Bend Sports Complex will be the venue for this year's regional. The Great Bend vs. Emporia matchup will follow the tournament opener between Wichita Heights and Maize South at 3 p.m. The championship game will take place at or around 6 p.m. that evening at GBSC.
Great Bend faced a formidable foe but proved up to the task as the Panthers took a 2-0 sweep over visiting Hutchinson to close out the regular season Thursday. Following a 6-2 victory in game one, the Panthers found themselves in a battle but were able to hold off a Salt Hawk rally late in the game to win the second contest, 2-1.