Eagles sweep Lindsborg in doubleheader
CANTON – The Canton-Galva baseball team finally found their offense on Friday as they swept a home doubleheader from Lindsborg Home School Junior Varsity 12-1 and 15-0.
An 11 run first inning was the highlight of game one for the Eagles as they pounded out 11 hits in the game to gain the 12-1 victory.
Xavier Westbrook led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in, while Chase French and Nick Pearson both went 2-for-3 and Brandon Huff had but one hit but knocked across three runs. Logan Miller also hit for a double in the contest. Andrew Prieb started the game on the mound for the Eagles and got the win while French and Brayden Minson came on in relief.
Game two was much of the same as Canton-Galva pounded out 12 hits and poured across nine runs in the bottom of the third in taking the 15-0, three-inning shutout win.Landon Everett was the man on the mound for the Eagles and he scattered just two hits while striking out two in getting the shutout victory.
Brayden Collins, Keaton Littrell, French, Minson and Huff all got two hits, while Collins pounded out two doubles and knocked across four runs in leading the offensive attack. Littrell hit for a triple and Minson got a double as well.
The Eagles are now 4-6 for the season and will get 10-day break before returning to the diamond on Tuesday, April 23 when they travel to Little River.
Lady Teutons hammered by Trinity
INMAN – It was a rough day on Friday for the Inman softball team as they were belted twice at home as Hutchinon Trinity rolled into town and took both ends of a doubleheader in a very decisive fashion, winning 14-2 and 23-5.
In game one, the Lady Teutons fell behind early when Trinity pushed across seven runs in the first inning as they rolled to the 12 run victory.
Inman only managed four hits while Trinity pounded out 10, plus had help from the Inman defense as the Lady Teutons recorded eight errors. Rachel Harman had the one offensive highlight for Inman by getting a double. Hope Schriner took the loss while Kennedy Shober came on in relief for the Lady Teutons.
When Inman didn’t think it could get worse, it did in game two as they committed another eight errors, and despite the defensive issues, the game was tied going into the fifth inning when Trinity scored twice, and then erupted for 16 runs in the top of the seventh.
Kennedy Shober went 4-for-4 for the Lady Teutons while Macy DeWitt hit for a double. Shober was on the mound for Inman for all but the final batter and took the loss.
Now 1-7 for the season, the Lady Teutons will be on the road Tuesday, April 16 when they travel to Sedgwick.
Wildcats drop two to Marion
MARION – It was a rough road trip on Friday for the Moundridge baseball team as they traveled to Marion and got popped 11-1 and 16-1 as Marion swept the doubleheader. The two losses dropped the Wildcat season mark to 7-3.
Moundridge had a rough time generating runs in both games, getting just three in game one with Jon Schlosser leading the offense with a triple.
Collin Kohl took the loss for the Wildcats on the mound as he gave up five hits and three runs in just over four innings while striking out four. Wyatt Falco and Anthony Everhart pitched in relief.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats managed four hits, but still only pushed across one run while Marion jumped out to a huge lead after getting 10 runs in the bottom of the third on their way to the 16-1 victory.
Falco had the offensive highlight for Moundridge by hitting a double, while Cross Lintecum began the game on the mound for the Wildcats and went two and a third innings, giving up eight hits, six earned runs and striking out two. Schlosser and Cody Hazelton pitched in relief.
Next up for the Wildcats will be on Tuesday, April 16 when they travel to Little River.
Lady Wildcats lose heartbreaker to Marion
MARION – Bouncing back from a devastating 11-1 loss in game one, the Moundridge softball team nearly pulled off the split of a road doubleheader at Marion on Friday only to have the Warriors score on the final play of the game in game two to take a sweep with the 17-16 win.
It was all Marion in game one as the Warriors pushed across six runs in the first and never looked back on their was to the 11-1 win. Moundridge only managed three hits in the game, while Marion pounded out 13 and took advantage of five errors by the Lady Wildcat defense.
Ellen Durst had the lone offensive highlight for Moundridge in game one by hitting for a double, while Zizi Sebrant took the loss on the mound for the Lady Wildcats in giving up 13 hits, 11 runs and striking out three.
It was not just a slugfest in game two with each team getting 17 hits, it was also a defense nightmare as Marion committed eight defensive errors and the Lady Wildcats recorded nine as Moundridge ended up on the wrong end of the excitement when Marion singled across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 17-16 victory.
Erin Durst led the Lady Wildcat bats by hitting for the cycle as she went 5-for-5 with two singles, a double, a triple and a home run while also scoring and knocking in three runs. Zizi Sebrant went 3-for-5 and had four runs batted in while scoring twice and hitting for a double. Moundridge also recorded nine stolen bases in the second game battle.
Mackenzie Elmore started the game for Moundridge and went two innings, giving up two hits, six runs, zero earned runs and striking out two. Sebrant came on in relief for the final four and two-thirds and gave up 10 hits and 11 runs of which six were earned while taking the loss.
The Lady Wildcats will return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 16 when they travel to Little River.
Lady Vikings split with Larned
LARNED – The Smoky Valley softball team traveled to Larned on Friday and returned home with a doubleheader split, scoring a 17-13 slugfest win in game one before dropping a 14-5 verdict in the nightcap.
The split leaves the Lady Vikings with a season mark of 3-5 as they prep to return to the field on Tuesday, April 16 on the road at Lyons.
With Larned leading 13-6 after five innings in game one, Smoky Valley erupted for nine runs in the top of the sixth and held on for the 17-13 victory.
It was a slugfest as Larned pounded out 14 hits, and the Lady Vikings smacked out 12 while both teams also struggled on defense as Larned was tagged for nine errors and Smoky Valley was tagged for six.
Lauren Barnes went the distance for Smoky Valley on the mound, allowing the 14 hits and 13 runs, though only five were earned. Barnes also scored two strikeouts.
Lindsey Gerlach had three hits to lead the Lady Viking offense, while Lana Clark, Addison Haiden and Claire Broxterman each had two hits. Madi Tolle hit a home run while Gerlach, Broxterman and Kira Haxton each hit doubles.
In game two, Larned scored eight times in the bottom of the second and never looked back in their 14-5 win.
While Larned had 11 hits, the Lady Vikings struggled to get runs across despite nine hits in the game. Again defense played a mark in the battle as Smoky Valley and Larned combined for nine more errors in the field.
Liv Morgan took the loss for the Lady Vikings after giving up 10 runs, only four were earned, in just two innings. Abby Hipp came on in relief and closed out the final four innings, giving up four hits, four runs, two earned runs and striking out three.
As for the bats, Gerlach and Addison Haiden each had two hits for Smoky Valley, with Gerlach and Kira Haxton both pounding out doubles along the way.
Vikings lose two at Larned
LARNED – It continues to be a rough season for the Smoky Valley baseball team as they dropped both ends of a road doubleheader on Friday at Larned, losing game one 15-10 before getting buried 11-1 in the nightcap.
The two losses now puts the Vikings at just 1-9 for the season as they prep for a road trip to Lyons on Tuesday, April 16.
In game one, Larned scored in every inning including six in the bottom of the sixth on their way to the 15-10 win. Smoky Valley made a valiant effort in the final two at bats, scoring four runs in the sixth and another three in the seventh only to come up short.
Brandon Malm led the offensive bats for Smoky Valley by hitting 4-for-5 with two doubles, while Chris Mullen went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Bruster Bengston also hit well by going 3-for-5, and Ty Miller hit for a double. Malm was the losing pitcher of record for the Vikings.
Larned jumped out to a 9-0 advantage after just three innings as they finished off the sweep of the Vikings with the 11-1 hammering in the nightcap.
Chris Mullen had another strong game at the plate for Smoky Valley by pounding out another double while finishing 2-for-4 in the game. Bruster Bengston took the loss on the mound.
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