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The baseball team opens play this weekend, and track and tennis are in action too.

Cats win!
Cats win!
JT VanGilder

Wherever you live, I hope you have shelter, heat, and water. Everything else is gravy.

Previously on BotC...

In case you missed it, Drew Schneider brings you some (mostly bad) news about the 2021 recruiting cycle. For whatever reason, the Wildcats are missing out on some of the biggest names in Kansas. What gives? Some of this is related to the Covid19 pandemic, of course, but we’re losing out on recruits to similarly situated programs, and that hurts. The NCAA Division I Council’s recent decision to extend the recruiting dead period to May 31 will also have a negative impact.

If that wasn’t depressing enough for a Friday afternoon, here’s Luke Thompson with the latest Big 12 Power Rankings. It’s hard to believe, but there really is a team in the conference that is worse than Kansas State.

Baseball

If football and basketball have you feeling unsatisfied, you’ll be pleased to know you can now turn your back on those sports and just focus on baseball instead. That’s right, the BatCats are back in action this weekend.

Kansas State opens its 2021 campaign on the road at the Sanderson Ford College Classic in Surprise, Arizona, where they will play Oregon State, Gonzaga, and New Mexico. Look out for LHP Jordan Wicks, a unanimous pick for preseason Big 12 co-Pitcher of the Year, and the only Wildcat to make the preseason all-conference team.

Tennis

The tennis team’s spring season continues this week, when Kansas State hosts Wichita State today and then Arizona on Sunday. Play is already underway at the Body First Tennis Center.

Track

The track athletes get their final indoor meet at home this weekend at the Steve Miller Open. Not all athletes will be in competition, as some are likely to rest up in preparation for the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lubbock, which begins next Friday.

Volleyball

Kansas State was slated to play Wichita State in a spring home-and-home series, but that series has now been postponed. The weather situation in Texas forced Wichita State to reschedule an existing matchup with SMU. The Volleycats and Shockers will attempt to reschedule the series later in the season.

And finally, here’s your weekend moment of zen: