The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 28, 2013

Baseball celebrations continue for Cedeno family

Pat Cedeno, who won College World Series, watches his sons win 3A state title

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Pat Cedeno is quite familiar with postgame celebrations.

The Pittsburg High School graduate helped the Wichita State Shockers win the College World Series in 1989.

However, the former Division I pitcher said watching his sons Christian and Ryan help the St. Mary’s-Colgan Panthers capture the Class 3A state championship was a unique experience.

“I was sitting there thinking that it can’t get any better than this,” Pat Cedeno said. “There’s a sense of pride that overcomes you when your kids have that type of success. “To go through that this past weekend is almost beyond description. To see what they’ve done is phenomenal.”

The Panthers capped a championship season by earning a 10-0 run-rule win over Silver Lake on Friday in Manhattan.

Christian Cedeno, a junior, was named the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches Class 3A pitcher of the year on Tuesday. Ryan Cedeno, a freshman, was a catcher and key batter in the Panthers’ lineup.

At Wichita State, Pat Cedeno received all-Missouri Valley Conference honors as he posted a 13-4 record in his senior season for the Shockers.

“I’m blessed with having the opportunity to see them grow up, develop and enjoy the game I love,” Pat Cedeno said.

Pat and Julie Cedeno and daughters Taylor, 21, and Delaney, 11, all were in Manhattan to watch the Panthers in the state tournament.

But Pat was absent from a very important game this season.

Christian tossed a seven-inning perfect game and Ryan was 4-for-4 in a 9-0 victory over Galena. Pat, who works at Watco, was on a business trip in Oklahoma.

“I had to miss that,” Pat said. “I was getting texts every inning from my wife. It was kind of funny. She would send me texts at the end of every half inning, and she would tell me pop fly, groundout, strikeout. About the fifth inning, I noticed I hadn’t seen a hit or a walk. Then I thought she was just texting me the outs. I wasn’t going to ask any questions for superstitious reasons.

“They had a commanding lead in the top of the seventh. Then it took about 15 or 20 minutes before her next text. I was getting a little nervous, hoping they held on to the lead. Then her next test just said, ‘perfect game.’”

Despite the missed game, Pat has been able to watch Christian and Ryan progress as baseball players.

“Christian is light years ahead of me as pitcher compared to when I was in high school,” Pat said. “He can throw three pitches for strikes. He understands how to pitch. I used to throw it as fast as I could and if I could throw a curve ball every once in a while I would. I had no sense of how to pitch. He’s way ahead of me there.”

Ryan also is developing as a pitcher.

“He’s got a very strong arm,” Pat said. “For him, he’s not quite as far along, but he has every ability to be as good of a pitcher as I ever was. He certainly has the tools to do it.”

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