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Sabetha Caps Off Magical Year With A 3A State Baseball Championship
By Jonny Kane
Copyright: MSC Sports

Like every story throughout history, each one needs a proper ending. 

The 2017-18 Sabetha boys athletic season received its proper ending Friday evening, as the Bluejays baseball team claimed the Class 3A State Championship in Manhattan with a 10-5 win over Hays-Thomas More Prep. 

The win gave Sabetha their third team state championship of the year, after the Bluejays football and golf teams each claimed titles earlier this year. 

Sabetha got to the championship game after an impressive win in the semifinals in the first game of the day Friday morning, as the Bluejays flew by Marion-Lost Springs Centre 9-4. 

The Bluejays started quickly scoring one run in the first inning. Joe Gruber led off the game with a walk, stole second and came around to score on an RBI-single by Gabe Garber. 

Marion was able to tie the game at one with a run in the third, but in the fifth inning the flood gates opened for the Sabetha offense. 

The Bluejays plated eight runs on eight hits while sending 13 batters to the plate. Braden Argabright and Riley Herrmann each had two hits in the inning while each collected RBIs as well. 

The Bluejays wouldn’t score again the rest of the way, but Sabetha was able to hold off a late rally by Marion who plated three runs in the fifth to pull within four but never got any closer.

Joe Gruber picked up the win on the mound tossing the final 2 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and one walk and striking out two, as he came on in relief for Trevor Kramer who allowed 4 runs on 6 hits to begin the ballgame. 

At the plate Gabe Garber finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Braden Argabright also went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI to go along with Riley Herrmann who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. 

In the championship game the Bluejays started just like they did in the semifinals jumping out to a quick lead over TMP, as Sabetha plated three runs in the top of the first inning on three hits and one error. 

Joe Gruber led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a RBI-triple from Gabe Garber. Garber would then score on a RBI-single from Brandon Brownlee, who would also come around to score on a RBI-double from Seth Burdick. 

TMP came right back though and scored a run in the bottom of the first, but the flood gates opened up once again for the Sabetha offense in the second.

The Bluejays plated four more runs in the top of the second recording just two hits, but one of the two hits was a bases clearing 3-RBI triple off the bat of Gabe Garber. 

Sabetha would then score just one run in the third on a RBI double from Riley Herrmann, but the Bluejays really put the game out of reach with two more runs in the fourth. 

TMP tried to rally a comeback scoring two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but the deficit was just too much to overcome. 

Gabe Garber once again led the Bluejays offense going 3 for 4 with two triples, a single and four RBIs, while Joe Gruber scored two runs to go along with a two-hit day for Seth Burdick. 

Joe Gruber once again got the win in relief tossing the final 2 2/3 of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit while walking three and striking out two. 

The win capped off a 23-3 season for the Bluejays in just their second season as a varsity sport, and Sabetha sends off eight seniors; Brett Stallbaumer, Riley Herrmann, Trevor Kramer, Brandon Brownlee, Preston Bruning, Blake Frey, Seth Burdick and Brayden Becker.


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