Humboldt’s state title dreams dashed

A bid for a state championship turned to heartbreak Friday. The Cubs erased an 8-0 deficit with an eighth-run fifth, but Humboldt fell in extra innings, 9-8, to Wichita Collegiate in the Class 3A state playoffs.



May 25, 2023 - 8:33 PM

Mason Sterling bats against Hoisington Thursday in the Class 3A state playoffs. Sterling had a two-run single for the night. Photo by Quinn Burkitt / Iola Register

MANHATTAN — Desperation turned into exhilaration and then frustration Friday for Humboldt High’s baseball team.

The Cubs, in a bid for the school’s first-ever state baseball championship, staged a jaw-dropping eight-run comeback to erase an 8-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning against Wichita Collegiate.

But the magic ended there as Collegiate regained its composure, and then put across a run in the top of the eighth inning to secure a 9-8 win in the Class 3A state semifinals.

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