Scott City softball starts season with sweep of Ulysses

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Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–It has been two years since Scott City put a team on the field for competition. There were many unknowns on Tuesday afternoon in the season opener for the Lady Beavers, as they opened their 2021 campaign up with the Ulysses Lady Tigers. It would be a good day for Scott City, as they would pick up a sweep with wins of 14-0 and 12-2, with both games ending in the fifth inning.

Scott City 14, Ulysses 0, Game 1
Scott City would take advantage of 12 walks in the first game and dominated despite having just six hits. The Lady Beavers would lead 3-0 after the first inning, and open the game up with eight runs in the second inning to take an 11-0 lead. In that inning, Hannah Tucker would have a two-run double, and Rhiley Stoppel would drill a three-run home run over the centerfield fence. Following a scoreless third inning, Malorie Cupp opened the three-run fourth inning with a solo home run over the left field fence. Ulysses would have just three baserunners, and two of them would be run down between third base and home plate, and the third was picked off. 

Cheyenne Cramer had quite the high school debut, as she picked up the win, striking out eight batters and gave up a walk and no hits in five innings. She threw just 60 pitches. Cramer also had two hits and drove in two runs. Rhiley Stoppel had three RBI and Hannah Tucker added two. Yasmin Heredia took the loss, going just two innings, giving up 11 runs on three hits. Devani Manzano pitched the other two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. 

Game 1 Box Score

Scott City 12, Ulysses 2, Game 2
The Lady Beavers would have a slight scare early on, but were able to pull away for the win. After Scott City led 4-0 after the first inning, the Lady Tigers had their first two hits of the season in the second inning, and pulled to within 4-2 on the two-run single by Grace Murray. The Lady Beavers would put four more runs on the board in the bottom half of the frame, as Tori Ford, Rhiley Stoppel and Makayla Miller drove in runs. Scott City added two in the third and scored a run apiece in the fourth and fifth inning to complete the sweep and win in run rule fashion. 

Cheyenne Cramer went all five innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and had nine strikeouts. Tori Ford drove in three runs and had four hits, while Rhiley Stoppel had three hits and three RBI. Devani Manzano took the loss, giving up 12 runs, seven earned, on 13 hits. Ulysses would have five errors. Laura Porras and Grace Murray each had a hit. 

Game 2 Box Score

Ulysses is 0-4 overall, 0-2 in GWAC play, as they will play at Lakin on Thursday. Scott City is 2-0 overall, 2-0 in league play, and will host Holcomb next Tuesday.