Goodland softball takes two from Scott City
Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Entering Tuesday’s doubleheader in Scott City, two teams were seeing their seasons going in opposite directions, with the Lady Beavers entering with a four-game winning streak. On the other end, Goodland came in with a five-game losing skid. In the end, the Cowgirls would be the ones leaving with the wins, as they won the first game 12-6, and took the finale in five innings 19-7.
Goodland 12, Scott City 6, Game 1
Scott City would find themselves down all day, and it started in the second inning. After both teams were retired in order in the first, the Cowgirls would score the first runs, thanks to walks. They scored two runs in the top of the first on RBI walks to lead 2-0. Scott City pulled to within 2-1 in the bottom of the second on a Melany Duff RBI single, scoring Gabby Martinez. Goodland scored two more runs in the third to lead 4-1, and saw the Lady Beavers rally with a pair of RBI groundouts by Ella Rumford and Kaitlyn Wolkensodorfer. After the Cowgirls scored a run on an error in the top of the fourth, Scott City tied the game at five on a Martinez RBI double. In the fifth, Goodland took the lead and never surrendered. They would hang a four spot in the fifth, taking advantage of two of the five Lady Beaver errors in the game. Katelynn Frazier drove in a run and later scored on a throwing error to aid in the scoring. Both teams added a run in the sixth. Martinez drilled a solo shot over the center field fence to pull Scott City to within 10-6, but the Cowgirls would add two in the top of the seventh inning to pick up the 12-6 win.
Atalee Amthor drove in two runs in the first game for Goodland, while Brooke Livengood Anna Gutierrez and Katelynn Frazier had two hits apiece. Livengood went all seven innings in the circle to pick up the win, giving up six earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and five walks. She threw 134 pitches. Gabby Martinez had three hits and drove in two runs for Scott City, wile Ella Rumford had two hits and an RBI. Jacelynn Buffington took the loss, giving up 12 runs, nine earned, on eight hits, with nine strikeouts, but had 11 walks. Seven of those walks were in the second and third innings.
Goodland 19, Scott City 7, Game 2 (5 Innings)
The Cowgirls picked up from where the left off in game one. In fact, they would score a run in 10 consecutive innings, from the second inning in game one to the fourth inning in game two. Goodland scored a run in the first inning, and blew the game wide open in the second inning with six runs, highlighted by an Anna Gutierrez two-run double, as they led 7-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning. Scott City would score on a two-out error, as Kaitlyn Wolkensdorfer scored to pull the Lady Beavers to within 7-1. A four-run third inning for the Cowgirls extended their lead to 11-3 after three innings. Goodland would add eight more runs in the fourth inning, after Gutierrez drove in two more runs to give them a 19-3 lead. Scott City scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Ella Rumford hit a two-run double that scored Lyndi Rumford and Amber Latta. Ella would later score the third run of the inning on a wild pitch to make it 19-6 Goodland. The Lady Beavers scored in the bottom of the fifth on a Shelby Patton RBI fielder’s choice, to make the final 19-7.
Anna Gutierrez had three hits and drove in four runs, while Taighe Weeter had two infield hits and drove in three runs for Goodland. Gutierrez went three innings to pick up the win, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits on just 28 pitches. Ella Rumford and Lyndi Rumford had two hits apiece for Scott City in game two, while Ella drove in two runs. She took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned on four hits with two strikeouts and six walks in two innings of work.
After Tuesday, Scott City drops to 7-9 overall, and 4-4 in GWAC play. They’ll host Stanton County on Thursday and are at Holcomb next Tuesday. Goodland improved to 4-8 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Cowgirls have three doubleheaders next week, as they visit Hugoton on Tuesday, and host Lakin and Cimarron on May 2 and 3.
After Tuesday, Colby swept Holcomb to claim their first GWAC title since 2013, while Goodland, Holcomb and Scott City are currently in a three-way tie for second. Ulysses and Hugoton were postponed due to rain on Tuesday.
Coach Erin Myers Postgame