For the next couple of days, Fort Osage baseball coach Chris Walker doesn’t have to worry about the weather. For the third time in four years, Walker is taking his Indians baseball team to Bartlesville, Okla., where they will play five games over a two-day stretch.
For the next couple of days, Fort Osage baseball coach Chris Walker doesn’t have to worry about the weather.
“Well, I don’t have to worry about the weather in Independence,” joked Walker, “but we’re in trouble if it’s raining at Bartlesville.”
For the third time in four years, Walker is taking his Indians baseball team to Bartlesville, Okla., where they will play five games over a two-day stretch.
“We leave on Friday morning, get to Bartlesville, get off the bus and start playing,” the Indians coach said. “The kids are antsy to get playing and I’m ready to get on a baseball field.
“We’ve been on our field three times the past three weeks – now, I’m not complaining, because every team is in the same boat – but it’s going to be nice to get in some warm weather and play some games.”
The only person on the Indians team that might be more excited about the trip down South than Walker is Division I signee Bret Sutton.
“We’re going to get to see live pitching, it’s going to be warm – five games in two days – you can’t ask for more than that,” said Sutton, who has signed with Western Kentucky.
“This is it – my senior season, and I want to make the most of it. I don’t care about my personal stats or anything like that. I want to be a leader on this team and I want to help this team get to state.
“And I think we can do it. We’ve reached the district championship every year I’ve been here and we’ve always come in second. We’re going to work hard to find a way to win that championship this year.”
Walker likes his team, and he savors watching Sutton play one final season.
“Let’s talk about the great Fort Osage baseball players – the (Brent) Wilhelms, (Bill) Overbecks, (Chris) Franckas and, of course, Albert Pujols,” said Walker, who played for a state championship Indians team and coached under Dave Fry on another state championship squad, “you can add the name Bret Sutton right alongside all those great players.
“He goes to bed thinking about baseball and he wakes up thinking about baseball. You just love coaching a kid like that. We’re going to miss him. But before he goes, we’re going to do everything we can to get this team to state.”
TOURNAMENTS CANCELLED: Because of Wednesday’s rain, many area baseball teams will have to wait until next week to start their seasons.
The Lee’s Summit KC Metro Leadoff Tournament was cancelled completely on Wednesday and will not be made up. That tournament involved several local teams, including William Chrisman, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit West.
The Raytown Schools Tournament also was cancelled and will not be made up. That tournament involved Truman, Van Horn, Oak Grove, Raytown and Raytown South. Raytown will play at Oak Grove on Friday, weather permitting.
In girls soccer, the Tiger/Bronco/Titan Invitational hosted by Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North and Lee’s Summit West was cancelled before it even got a chance to start. That tournament also included Blue Springs and Raytown South.