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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Lady Express 16U edges out Rampage, falls to Elite

  • The McPherson Lady Express 16Us battled in both games played Sunday, splitting on the day with the Rampage and the Elite softball teams.
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  • The McPherson Lady Express 16Us battled in both games played Sunday, splitting on the day with the Rampage and the Elite softball teams.
    Against the Rampage in the first game Sunday afternoon, the two teams went back and forth, with the score tied at 3-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning.
    The Express defense held strong in the top of the fifth, as they sent the Rampage down in order. Emma Krehbiel kicked off a rally on the first offering in the bottom of the frame, as she drilled a fly ball to center field.
    Two straight walks had the bases loaded for Brooke Schrag, who hit a 0-2 pitch to center field that drove in Krehbiel and Olivia Rettig.
    Chelsey Knight then reached first on an error at second base, which allowed Teagan Pacey and Schrag to score, giving the Express a 7-3 win.
    Makayla Luce went the distance in the circle, giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits and four walks. She struck out three in five innings of work.
    The Express’s six hits were spread out over six batters, with Schrag and Mayci James both hitting doubles. Schrag led the team with two RBIs, while James had two stolen bases.
    The Express jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead in game two against the Elite after an RBI double from Luce and an RBI single from Madelyn Raigoza.
    Raigoza scored on an error to third base in the next at-bat.
    They tacked on one more run as Kaylee Hardin stole home to make it 4-1.
    The Elite fired back in the third, as they scored five runs and added a sixth in the fourth to go up 7-4. The Express loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but couldn’t drive anything home to drop the game 7-4.
    Luce led the offense with a 2-for-2 outing, including a double, with an RBI. Raigoza had the only other McPherson (2-2-1) RBI.
    Hardin and Megan Dean both stole two bases, each.
    Luce took the loss in three and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits with three walks. She struck out two.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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