Class 3A Baseball - Where we Stand - April 22
When it comes to Class 3A Baseball, you could seemingly expect one name to be at or near the top of the ledger on a routine basis - Scott City. And the Beavers haven't disappointed again.
Before last week's play was hindered by Mother Nature, the Beavers (9-1) had established themselves as the favorite to come out of the Class 3A Colby Regional. Six of their nine wins have come by 10 runs or more, and quickly avenged their lone loss with a rout of Holcomb to split a twinbill in early April.
One more factoid to add to the Beavers' ledger - they are 2-0 in games decided by one run, and 3-0 in games decided by three or fewer runs. That could bode well for them if they want to make a deep playoff run. Scott City next will face Goodland on April 27 in a doubleheader.
Lakin is currently second in the region at 8-4. They, however, have already played Scott City twice, losing in 10-run games both times. The Broncs also split a doubleheader with Class 4A Ulysses and with Class 2A Elkhart. Lakin will get back into action on April 29 when they host Hugoton.
The Cowboys will enter their twinbill with Scott City with a 5-3 mark, which has them tied with Holcomb, whom they will play on Friday. Two of Goodland's losses came at the hands of Garden City, with the other happening at the hands of Hugoton. In 3A or below competition, the Cowboys have allowed just 14 runs - eight of them coming in the loss to Hugoton.
While Holcomb (5-3) has the distinction of holding the lone win over Scott City, the Longhorns
still have Goodland, Lakin and Class 4A Ulysses waiting. In their five wins, Holcomb has scored at least 10 runs in each game. In their three losses, they scored a total of five runs. The Longhorns will have a busy couple of days ahead - they will play Southwestern Heights today and Goodland on Friday.
Also in the middle of the standings are both Hugoton (6-6) and Southwestern Heights (5-5). Both teams scored runs like they were going out of style when the two met on April 9 - the Eagles got the best of both contests, 27-20 and 19-15. The Mustangs have yet to register a win against a Class 3A opponent, while Hugoton has won fie in a row. They next play at Lakin on April 29.
Both Cimarron (2-8) and Colby (0-8) have struggled to find consistency this season. The Bluejays have wins over Syracuse and Ulysses this season, but are winless in both of their doubleheaders in the region. Colby has not recovered after dropping their season-opening double-dip to Goodland, and have allowed double-digit runs in every game so far this season.