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Creighton Hansen has always had a flair for the dramatic.

In May, Liberty Christian’s 6-3 pitcher delivered the walk-off RBI double to send the Warriors into the TAPPS Division I state final. Last Friday, two months after helping the Warriors claim their second straight TAPPS Division I championship, the Liberty Christian graduate announced his decision to play baseball at the next level.

Hansen committed to Wichita State on Twitter after considering offers from several other colleges.

“I’m really pumped,” Hansen said. “I’ve been waiting a long time. It came a little later than expected, but I’m excited to finally say I’m going.”

Hansen remained uncommitted well into the summer before settling on the Shockers. He said Wichita State’s coaching staff was one of the major deciding factors in his decision.

“The coaches were the difference-maker for me,” Hansen said. “When I met them I was like, ‘This is where I want to go.’”

Despite his semifinal heroics for Liberty Christian at the plate, Hansen said he plans to pitch at Wichita State. He hit .327 for the Warriors last spring, driving in 20 runs. On the mound, he sported a 1.89 ERA and a 4-1 record to go along with 50 strikeouts.

By committing to Wichita State, Hansen becomes the ninth Liberty Christian player to sign with a college.

“Liberty is a tough program. It really separates kids that don’t want to play from the kids that do,” Hansen said. “It makes you realize how badly you want to play at the next level. I think that’s why we had so many kids that found places to go. They wanted it that badly.”

REECE WADDELL can be reached at 940-566-6869.

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