Prep Diamond Roundup: Lady 'Hounds short of seniors, long on offense
SWEET SPRINGS -- The absence of upperclassmen due to the annual senior trip forced the Sweet Springs baseball team to cancel Friday's home game against Leeton, but the Lady Greyhounds had the numbers to persevere and walked away with a 14-10 victory.
Of course, it wasn't easy -- especially since among the missing seniors was Shelley Rennison, the only pitcher Sweet Springs had used. Freshman Kara Kreisel wasn't the answer, walking nine batters and giving up eight runs during her first start.
The Lady Bulldogs got two-run hits from sophomore Samantha Ribas and freshman Marissa Anstine during the top of the second inning, scoring six times to take an 8-2 lead. However, junior Valerie Wulff relieved for the Lady 'Hounds in the fourth and, after that, Leeton (4-7) managed just one earned run.
Sweet Springs had a pair of six-run frames in the fifth and sixth. The first rally was keyed by a single by freshman Jennifer Vogelsmeier which knocked in two runs. The Lady 'Hounds went ahead after sophomore Nicole Haesemeyer tripled to begin the next set, followed by RBI singles from sophomore Breanna Schelp and Vogelsmeier and junior Amber Winfrey's two-run single.
Vogelsmeier and junior Jaime Vickrey each had three hits for Sweet Springs (7-5), which closes the season Tuesday at LaMonte.
Windsor 3, Santa Fe 2
ALMA -- A good Windsor softball team had a week to stew over going two and out at the I-70 Conference Tournament and took their frustration out Friday on a Santa Fe club which was still celebrating its championship the previous day.
The Lady Greyhounds built a 3-0 lead and fended off a late comeback bid for a 3-2 decision at Alma. Senior Marci Mullins singled and score on freshman Danielle Drenon's base hit in the top of the first inning. An error allowed junior Jenna Berney to come in after she singled in the second. Berney also singled in the seventh, rounding the bags on senior Erin Crow's double to put Windsor (11-5) up by three runs.
A two-out single by freshman Holly Schmidt kept the Lady Chiefs alive and back-to-back RBI doubles from senior Heather Gieselman and freshman Ashton Smith gave them hope. However, an infield pop-up on the next pitch ended the season for Santa Fe (9-4).
Santa Fe 12, Windsor 2
ALMA -- What was good for the goose was good for the gander Friday at Alma.
While visiting Windsor was knocking off I-70 Conference Tournament champion Santa Fe on the softball field, on the baseball diamond the Chiefs were making mincemeat of the Greyhound squad which claimed the title the day before -- rolling to a 12-2, six-inning victory.
The ball was flying out of the yard, with the teams combining for six homers -- including solo shots by Windsor seniors Jimmy Stamper and Nate Neel for a 2-1 lead after junior Zach Brown's tater in the bottom of the first.
Other than those two mistakes, junior Cody Smith got the job done for Santa Fe on the mound -- striking out five, giving up just four other hits and issuing just one walk to the Greyhounds (11-3). Hence, when the Chiefs' bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth, they were able to do some good.
Senior Corey Wagner's RBI single was followed by a three-run blast by junior Dusty Wood and another homer by senior Jared Moenkhoff to make it 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Santa Fe scored six more times in the sixth, junior Billy Own cracking a dinger with a man on base and the game ending on junior Adam Eastin's two-run single.
The Chiefs (8-2), who banged out 12 hits to improve their team batting average to a whopping .413, begin play in the Class 1, District 15 Tournament at Concordia next Monday against Sweet Springs.