The Hornets come into the Class 5, District 15 postseason tournament as a four seed. They will take on Winnetonka, the fifth seed at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 11. The game will take place at Liberty High School and there will be a cost of $5 for all fans for admission (no passes allowed.)
The Hornets have not won their opening District tournament game since 2016 when they defeated Fort Osage in the opening round 3-2, Liberty in the second round 4-1, but falling to Liberty North 6-0 in the championship round. They face off against the Griffins who they played their wildest game of the year against earlier in the season, only to fall in extra innings 20-16. NKC has reached the second round of the tournament four times in the last 10 years, but has failed to reach the semi-final round in the same time span.
Winnetonka has struggled since beating the Hornets in early April. They finished their regular season with a 5-14 record, losers of four of their last five.
Other District Information:
- The Hornets and Griffins have met twice in the District tournament over the past 10 years with Tonka winning both times in 2011 and 2009 when both North Kansas City and Winnetonka were in Class 4.
- NKC has gone 2-12 against Winnetonka since 2009 with their last win coming in 2015, an 8-5 win at home.
- Northtown is averaging 6.2 runs per game, and Tonka is only averaging 3.3. The Griffins are allowing an average of 9.6 per game with the Hornets at 6.7.
- With a win over Winnetonka, the Hornets would face one-seed Liberty on Monday afternoon at 4:00. NKC and the Blue Jays are no stranger to one another in the district tournament, having played both in 2017 and 2016. In 2016, the Hornets reached the District championship game after beating Liberty. The Hornets are 1-1 in those games. Liberty holds a 6-2 advantage in the series dating back to 2008.