Holcomb, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–Two teams who return virtually their entire lineup from last year met on a windy Tuesday afternoon in Holcomb, as the Lady Longhorns played host to Scott City in GWAC play. It was also a rematch of last year’s regional final, where Holcomb rallied in the late innings to stun the Lady Beavers. It would be a doubleheader where Scott City combined for five home runs in the doubleheader, as they swept the Lady Longhorns 5-2 and 11-0.
Scott City 5, Holcomb 2, Game 1
Holcomb grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the first on a solo home run by Rian Rodrgiuez to lead 1-0. The Lady Beavers came and tied the game in the top of the second on an RBI single that scored Rhiley Stoppel. In the next inning, Stoppel’s RBI single gave Scott City a 2-1 lead that scored Cheyenne Cramer. Rodriguez would tie the game up for the Lady Longhorns in the bottom of the third, driving in Brooklyn Deniston with a double. Both teams went in order in the fourth inning. The Lady Beavers took the lead for good on a two-run home run by Malorie Cupp in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, and MacKayla Miller added some insurance on a solo home run on the first pitch of the sixth inning to make the final 5-2.
Cheyenne Cramer got the win, giving up two runs on five hits and recorded 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work. Rhiley Stoppel had two of Scott City’s seven hits and drove in a run. Korryn Johnson took the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits and had 11 strikeouts in a complete performance. Rian Rodriguez had two hits and drove in both Lady Longhorn runs.
Scott City 11, Holcomb 0, Game 2
The finale would see the Lady Beavers pull away in the late innings to pick up the win. It was a scoreless game through the first two innings, when Scott City scored three times in the third inning. PJ Suppes would hit a two-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence and out to give them the 2-0 lead. With two outs, Malorie Cupp hit her second home run of the day on a solo shot to left field for a 3-0 Lady Beaver advantage. Holcomb threatened in the fifth inning. They had two runners on base with one out, but were unable to get any runs home. Scott City would pull away with four runs in the sixth inning, as Cheyenne Cramer scored on a throwing error, Melany Duff singled in Ella Rumford, and Madison Miller had a two-run single to push the lead to 7-0. Suppes closed the scoring in the top of the seventh with a three-run home run, her second home run of the day to push the lead to 11-0.
Cheyenne Cramer scattered six hits in the win, and had 12 strikeouts. PJ Suppes had three hits and drove in five runs, while Melany Duff and Malorie Cupp had three hits and an RBI, and Madison Miller had an RBI. Korryn Johnson took the loss, giving up 11 runs, seven earned, on 15 hits with seven strikeouts. Ariana Jimenez had two of Holcomb’s six hits.
Scott City improved to 4-0 overall and in GWAC play, as they will play at Lakin on Friday. Holcomb drops to 2-2 overall, as well as in league play, as they are scheduled to face TMP-Marian on Thursday.
Coach Erin Myers Postgame