Lady Beaver softball sweeps Southwestern Heights
Scott City, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–While it was the windiest day of competition this year, the Scott City Lady Beaver softball team didn’t let it phase them. Playing with momentum on their side after a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, the Lady Beavers had four home runs on the day, en route to a sweep of a potential regional opponent of Southwestern Heights 19-7 in five innings, and 18-3 in four innings in the second game at the Scott Recreation Complex.
Scott City 19, Southwestern Heights 7, Game 1 (5 Innings)
Southwestern Heights would grab leads after each of their first two at bats, leading 1-0 after a half an inning and 5-3 heading into the bottom of the second. After that, it was all Scott City. The Lady Beavers took their first lead at 3-1, thanks to a two-run home run by Kaitlyn Wolkensdorfer on a full count pitch. It was her first home run of the year. A couple errors turned into a four-run rally by the Lady Mustangs in the top of the second, highlighted by a two-run double by Tagan Couch. After that, it was all Scott City. The Lady Beavers would send 15 to bat in their 11-run second inning, that put them up 14-5. Tori Ford had a three-run triple, and an RBI double in the inning, while Amanda Lara and Ella Rumford each had two-run doubles. In the bottom of the third, Lara would double again and drive in two more runs to make it 16-5 Scott City. They would had three more in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by Rumford’s first career home run over the left field fence to make it 18-5. Southwestern Heights added a run in the top of the fifth to make the final 19-7.
Tori Ford and Amanda Lara each had three hits with four RBI, while Ella Rumford drove in four runs, including her two-run home run. Kaitlyn Wolkensdorfer had three hits and was a triple away from the cycle. Scott City had 16 hits, and committed four errors. Jacelynn Buffington went five innings in the circle to get the win, giving up seven runs, one earned, on three hits with six strikeouts. Tagan Couch drove in two runs on one hit for Southwestern Heights. Vianey Jimenez too the loss, giving up 18 runs, 12 earned on 15 hits with six strikeouts in three-plus innings.
Scott City 18, Southwestern Heights 3, Game 2 (4 Innings)
Southwestern Heights led 2-0 after a half an inning in the finale. That would be their lone lead for the rest of the night. Scott City would tie the game up in the bottom of the first inning, and plated three in the second, started by an Amber Latta RBI single, go give the Lady Beavers a 5-2 lead after two innings. In the third, Scott City batted around and scored four more runs, including a two-run single by Tori Ford, and RBI singles from Jacelynn Buffington and Gabby Martinez. After a Lady Mustang RBI groundout in the top of the fourth, Scott City put the game away for good, scoring nine runs. Latta’s two-run single would eventually be followed up by Ford’s three-run home run, and a Martinez solo shot. With two outs, Buffington reached first on an error, and two runs scored to end the game at 18-3.
Scott City had 12 hits in the second game, led by Tori Ford with three hits and six RBI, while Gabby Martinez had three hits and three RBI and Amber Latta had two hits and three runs driven in. Jacelynn Buffington gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits and three strikeouts in four innings to get the win. Southwestern Heights was only able to get four hits in game two, and they committed four errors. Morgan McDaniel gave up 14 runs, 12 earned on 10 hits with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Scott City has won four straight and improved to 7-7 on the year. They will host Goodland in a pair of key GWAC games on Tuesday. Southwestern Heights has dropped 14 straight and are now 2-14 on the year. They’ll face Hi-Plains League foe Elkhart on the road on Tuesday.
Coach Erin Myers Postgame