Lady 'Hounds lose thriller to open season
HOUSTONIA -- Freshman Whitney Brown's single with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning provided the game-ending run in Northwest of Hughesville's 10-9 decision over the Sweet Springs softball team Thursday at Houstonia.
Brown's hit followed a triple by sophomore Ashton Miller, spoiling the comeback from a three-run deficit made by the Lady Greyhounds in the top of the seventh. A two-run homer by freshman Stephanie Krause keyed Sweet Springs' rally, while an RBI single by sophomore Caroline Tyler tied the game.
The top of the order did most of the damage for the Lady Mustangs (1-0), accounting for six of their seven hits and seven runs, two crossing on a homer by sophomore Kelcey Dankenbring which gave them a 6-4 lead in the third.
The Lady 'Hounds committed six errors to allow five unearned runs during the contest. Junior Jennifer Vogelsmeier had three singles and drew a walk in her first four at-bats, scoring each time.
Krause drove in four runs with fours hits and junior Megan Dohrman had two RBIs for Sweet Springs (0-1), which hosts I-70 Conference rival Santa Fe today.
Concordia 7, Santa Fe 3
CONCORDIA -- The loss of all-I-70 Conference shortstop Michelle Aversman had immediate consequences for Santa Fe.
The position held down by Aversman, who injured her knee near the end of the basketball season, was responsible for three of the Lady Chiefs' six errors Thursday during a season-opening 7-3 loss at Concordia -- which they had beaten last April for the league tournament title, thanks in part to an Aversman homer.
Sophomore Jordan Payne smashed a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning to stake the Lady Orioles (1-0) to an early lead, which she held by pitching six shutout innings. Singles by junior Anna McKnight and senior Nicole Metcalf and a hit-batter loaded the bases for junior Brianne Lankrahr, whose two-run double extended the margin to 7-0.
Santa Fe rallied in the seventh with two walks and a single by junior Ashton Smith to pack the sacks, which were cleared by freshman Emily Warner's double. However, Payne was able to get out of the jam without any more runs crossing.
Smith had two hits and was on base three times for the Lady Chiefs (0-1).
Concordia 11, Santa Fe 1
CONCORDIA -- Defense was the first liability of youth for the freshman-laden Santa Fe baseball team Thursday.
The Chiefs committed seven errors to let in seven unearned runs during an 11-1, five-inning loss at Concordia. Santa Fe had three boots in both the first and third innings, which led to seven runs -- two scoring on back-to-back doubles by sophomore Joey White and freshman Kevin Sartin.
The Chiefs scored their lone run in the second when sophomore Jimmy Hensley tripled and came in on a passed ball.
Sophomore John Miller had three hits and scored twice and seniors Scott Riesterer and Kyle Knight each provided two RBIs for Concordia (1-0).
Riesterer only gave up three hits and struck out seven Santa Fe batters. The Chiefs (0-1) play at Sweet Springs today.
Northwest 9, Sweet Springs 3
HUGHESVILLE -- Sweet Springs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but was blanked the rest of the way by Northwest of Hughesville during a 9-3 road loss Thursday.
Singles by senior Jake Hunter, junior Dane Schnakenberg and freshmen Ethan Smith and Quinn Jones gave an early lift to the Greyhounds -- but Mustang hurlers Colby Higgins and Ian Wiskur didn't allow another hit the remainder of the game.
Northwest caught up during a three-run fourth inning -- keyed by Higgins' single for two tallies -- and sealed the win with four runs on four walks, two errors and a single in the sixth.
Sophomore Will Alexander had a pair of doubles to pace the Mustangs (1-0).
Hunter struck out five batters in five innings for Sweet Springs (0-1.)