Heelan set to make a run in Des Moines

The Crusaders are returning to State for the 16th time in school history

By Alex Walker | awalker@kcautv.com

Published 07/24 2016 09:19PM

Updated 07/24 2016 09:19PM

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Tuesday morning, Bishop Heelan will make its 16th trip to the state baseball tournament, but first since 2013.

After missing out the last two seasons, the Crusaders hope to add another positive chapter to their legacy. Tuesday at 11am, Heelan will face off with Harlan in the Class 3A Quarterfinals. Back in late May, these teams met here in Sioux City and the Cyclones blanked the Crusaders 12-0.

However, in the latter parts of the season, Heelan has been a different team. The guys have won five of their last six games to advance to a place they have been dreaming about all year.

"It's one of your goals that you set when you get into high school is you want to get in the state tournament and I made it as a freshman, but now I'm playing that starting role and now it means a whole lot more to me now that I'm playing this year," said Heelan senior Bailey McBride.
 
"Couldn't be happier for these two kids, as much work and time they've put in to baseball," said Heelan head coach Andy Osborne. "Both of them [Bailey and Will] will go on and play college baseball. To finish their season in Des Moines is special for them."

"I'm so excited for it," said Heelan senior Will Karrer. "Me and Bailey have been working hard for the past five years here and just to have it end at Principal Park is unbelievable."
 
 
 

 

 

 

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