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Chanute baseball preps for 4A state tournament

It's the Comets' 2nd trip to state in 4 years

Chanute preps for 4A state tournament

Chanute, KS - The Chanute Blue Comets have advanced to the 4A state baseball tournament after winning a regional title earlier this week.

The Blue Comets blanked Eudora on Tuesday for their second regional baseball title in the last four years.

"It was one of the best feelings I've ever had," says senior pitcher Mason Manbeck.

"We're just happy for the chance to be able to play at state," adds senior shortstop Corbett Kimberlin.

Chanute is one of three schools that are headed to the state tournament from the SEK league, along with Pittsburg and Fort Scott.

"Every game we play in the SEK is gonna be a hard fought game because it's so competitive, and for three of our teams to go.  It just shows how solid our league is," says Manbeck.

"We're cheering for Pitt in 5A, but we can't -- we can't root for Fort Scott too much," says Kimberlin.

If Chanute and Fort Scott both win their opening round games, the Blue Comets and Tigers will clash in the 4A state semifinals...

"It's nice to see them having success too.  And we're obviously going one game at a time, but if -- if we happen to meet them in the second round that would be awesome.  I think that would be really, really cool for our league," says Chanute head coach Zack Murry.

The last time Chanute was at state was 2016, but the Blue Comets failed to make it out of the first round.

"We had a couple of freshmen on that team -- in 2016 and this year as seniors we have different roles, so we're ready.  We're ready for that challenge and see what we can do," Kimberlin adds.

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