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This Week in Crusader Sports: Baseball Splits with Andale, Tennis Opens with Home Win

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Andale, Kan. – Buhler baseball split its double-header at Andale Monday. The Indians handed the Crusaders their first loss, 9-7, in game one. Buhler came back to claim game two, 14-7.

Buhler jumped in front early, 4-0, in game one. The Andale bats got hot in the second, scoring six runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Down, 9-5, the Crusaders added single runs in the fifth and sixth to pull within two. Buhler had the tying run at second base with two outs in the top of the second when Jeremy Gentry lined out to right field to end the game.

Logan Synder earned the loss in his first career start. Owen Schmidt worked four strong innings in relief, giving up just two hits and holding Andale scoreless.

The Crusaders outslugged the Indians in game two, putting up 14 runs on 15 hits. Matthew Eddy went four-for-four at the plate, driving in five runs. Eddy also tossed three solid innings in relief, allowing just one run on three hits.

Buhler travels to McPherson on Thursday for a single game at 6:00.

Softball

Buhler softball dropped two at Andale Monday, 9-2 and 9-1. Addy Matthews doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Crusaders in game one. Morgan Carson collected two hits and scored Buhler’s lone run in game two.

Tennis

Buhler tennis opened the season Tuesday with its home invite at the Buck Balzer Tennis Courts. The Crusaders won the event, earning one first, and three second-place finishes.

Amos Harder placed second in number one singles, as did Carter Darrah in number two singles.

In number two doubles, Eli Biggs and Merrick Manns started the spring off with a first-place effort. In number one doubles, Brock Hilger and Von Woleslagel finished second.

JV Golf

Seven Buhler golfers competed in their first high school tournament Monday at Crazy Horse Sports Club. Central Christian shot a 353 to win the Nickerson Invitational. Buhler placed seventh with a 442.

Jalen Crable was Buhler’s top individual finisher. The freshman shot a 99 to finish in a tie for 18th place.

Jalen Crabel – 99 (T18)

Nick Gazaway – 107 (T26)

Jace Heimerman – 110 (29)

Ryland Parker – 112 (T31)

Landon Hallier – 113 (35)

Brayden Adams – 119 (42)

James Dingler – 125 (T46)

Soccer

Tuesday night’s soccer matches at El Dorado were canceled due to adverse weather conditions. Buhler is home for the first time this season on Thursday against Circle. JV plays at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Track & Field

Buhler track & field competed Wednesday as part of a three-team invitational at Nickerson High School, earning a slug of top-five finishes.

Caleb Penrose won the boys pole vault with a top height of 12-0. In hurdles, Ella Fredrick took first in the girls 100- and 300-meter distances, and Zach Friesen was first in the boys 110.

Benjamin Clouse swept the boys 100- and 200-meter dash races. Camryn Goertz came home first in the girls 200. In the longer distances, Madison Gleason placed first in the girls 400, as did Hannah Khan in the girls 1600.

A complete list of Wednesday’s results can be found at https://ks.milesplit.com/meets/529493-nickerson-invitational-2023/results/894262?type=raw.

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