Sedgwick alum Brylie Ware having huge year at Neosho CC

Brylie Ware of Sedgwick is having a monster freshman season at Neosho CC. (Photo:Neosho CC Baseball)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Apr 5, 2016

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Brylie Ware, a 2015 alum of Sedgwick High School in the Wichita area, is having a monster year as a freshman at Neosho County Community College. In fact, his numbers almost seem like they are made up. The Panther third baseman is hitting .554 with 17 HR and 80 RBI in his 35 starts this year. Ware is averaging over two hits per game and has 72 on the season, to go along with 18 doubles and four triples.

"Offensively, he has had an unreal year. He is one of the better hitters I have seen in my 30 years. He has video game type of numbers so I am a bit surprised with the numbers as a first year player, but I knew he could hit, just not quite these type of numbers." Neosho County head coach Steve Murry said.

Everyone knew Ware could hit at the 2A and 3A level in high school, where he hit a career state record for batting average of .631 in his four year as a starter, but to do it at the NJCAA level is a whole different ballgame. Ware hit .706 as a junior in high school, just off the single season state record of .710 by Josh Workman of Silver Lake in 2004. Ware was not just a baseball star either in high school, he was also a two-time all-state selection as a high school quarterback. Although Ware has been shining offensively and the transition has been easy for him, the defense is still a position he is adjusting to.

"He is trying to get comfortable to a new position at third base, he is adjusting to having to play a little faster. As far as offense, there was no adjustment for him. Hitters hit, no matter the level." Murry said.

Ware is a serious contender at this point for National Player of the Year honors. His batting average and home runs are both second in the country while his RBI total is ranked number one in the NJCAA.

Neosho County is off to their best start in school history as the Panthers have opened up the 2016 campaign with a 30-5 record, including a 23-0 mark at home. Neosho is also 15-5 in the very loaded Jayhawk Conference. Teammate Ryan Toliver (Fort Osage, MO) is not far behind Ware in average, hitting .540 this season.  Fort Scott alum and freshman Mason Knopp leads the pitching for Neosho County this season with a 5-0 record (3.48) in 44 innings pitched. Sophomore Trent Latta of Iola has also went 5-0 in 33 innings pitched for the Panthers, while freshman Craig Karnes of Baxter Springs has went 2-0 and leads the team with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings pitched. Sophomore Drew Johnson of Maize has stepped up big as the closer with seven saves this season.

"We are 30-5 but the losses have been very disappointed because most have been self induced. We could be really good but we need to the small things way better to be as good as I feel we have the ability to be." Murry said.

Neosho CC is back in action on Tuesday as they take on Ottawa University at 2 p.m. in Chanute.