Spearville High School enters the Class 2-1A state softball tournament at the Trusler Sports Complex in Emporia as the No. 1 seeded team.

    “We figured we had a pretty good shot at being a top three or four (seed),” Spearville head coach Casey Rynerson said. “Just the way it played out, we are extremely happy with being a No. 1. Seed.”


Spearville High School enters the Class 2-1A state softball tournament at the Trusler Sports Complex in Emporia as the No. 1 seeded team.
    “We figured we had a pretty good shot at being a top three or four (seed),” Spearville head coach Casey Rynerson said. “Just the way it played out, we are extremely happy with being a No. 1. Seed.”
    The Lancers will start off by playing Yates Center at 5 p.m. on Friday.
    “We don’t know a lot (about them),’ Rynerson said. ‘They are from Eastern Kansas, so their softball competition is quite a bit tougher down there. I think they will be a pretty solid team.”
    This year, marks the third consecutive season Spearville has made it to the state tournament.
    The Lancers have not made it past the first round in their previous trips, losing to St. Marys, the eventual state champion, both years.
    “They were disappointed they have not gotten farther the last couple of years,” Rynerson said, “ but on the same hand, we lost to the state champion both years.    
    “We gave them pretty good games, but the final score I don’t think reflects how good the game actually was. They’re happy to be back, but they want to do a little bit more this year.”
    St. Marys handed Spearville a 12-4 loss last year to eliminate them from the tournament.
    Spearville won’t have to worry about St. Marys this year because it moved up to 3A.
    This season, the Lancers’ first round opponent, Yates Center, has a 9-12 overall record, while Spearville is 22-1.
    “I don’t think their record necessarily reflects how good they are going to be,’ Rynerson said. ‘They play bigger schools and a lot better competition then what we play around here in Southwest Kansas.”
    Getting to the state tournament, Spearville did not have to beat a team with a winning record in its regional. The Lancers played 7-13 Elkhart and 10-12 Satanta, in which they run-ruled both in five innings.
    If Spearville gets out of the first round, they would go up against either Cottonwood Falls or Inman, who both have winning records.
    During the regular season, the Lancers had no trouble putting up offense as they hit .459 as a team.
    “The intensity level from the girls is tremendous,” Rynerson said. “They have been working their tails off. I think they will tell you the same thing. They have been pretty tired by the end of practice because they have been working pretty hard.”
    Spearville had six players hit above .500, but Sarae Kistler and Taylor Offerle had less than 22 plate appearances.
    The Lancers top hitter in the regular season was Elle Stein who hit .582 with 33 RBIs. Alison Helfrich added 36 RBIs while hitting .548.