York College baseball coach Brian Walth believes his team already has a spot in the NAIA Tournament and will be competing for a higher seed this week at the Kansas Conference Tournament in Great Bend, Kansas.
The Panthers (41-13) are the second seed in the tournament after sharing the regular season title with Tabor and open this afternoon against Kansas Wesleyan.
“The conference champ, which was decided by a tie breaker so Tabor College got the automatic bid, and the conference tournament winner gets an automatic bid”, said Walth. “The good thing is we were ranked 16th in the nation so we are set up to get a bid anyway.”
Walth says the conference tournament will be good preparation for a regional because the double-elimination format will test a pitching staff.
“If you win straight through it is three games but if you lose one game in a tournament or regional you could play up to six games. So you need pitching and it will challenge your depth.”
The winner advances to Thursday night to play the winner of the game between Sterling and Oklahoma Wesleyan.