LADY DRAGONS SWEEPS BY COYOTES IN HOME OPENERFebruary 20, 2013
HCC Sports Information
The 2013 home opener for the Hutchinson Community College softball team wasn’t quite what the Lady Dragons anticipated on Tuesday at Fun Valley.
The Kansas Wesleyan University Junior Varsity made it four-straight victories over Jayhawk Conference competition as the Coyotes had a combined 25 hits against three HCC pitchers in sweeping Hutchinson 13-3 and 7-3.
Kansas Wesleyan defeated Pratt 8-0 and 8-0 on Sunday
Coming off an afternoon where they hit five combined home runs in a doubleheader on Monday, the Lady Dragons fought an uphill battle all day against Kansas Wesleyan. HCC had just six hits and committed a season-high four errors in the first half and had just five hits and stranded seven runners in the nightcap.
The Lady Dragons (3-3) will have a full week before taking the field again when the Lady Dragons play host to Brown Mackie College in the first district games of the season at 2 p.m. next Tuesday at Fun Valley.
GAME 1 RECAP – KWU 13, Hutchinson 3
The Lady Dragons fell down 9-0 after 3 1/2 innings before finally getting something started against Coyote starter Hannah Holt.
Kansas Wesleyan touched HCC starter Sidney Dey (2-1) for eight hits and six runs in a season-low 3 2-3 innings in suffering her first career loss. Kaila Pickens allowed nine hits and seven runs, three earned, in 3 1-3 innings of relief.
HCC’s only offense came in the fourth inning when freshman Rylee Nave singled home sophomore Mariah Wedel and sophomore Sydney Locke singled in sophomore Taylor Rains. Megan Short scored on a wild pitch for the third run of the inning.
Before Hutchinson’s three-run fifth, KWU had four runs in the third and five-more in the fourth. The Coyotes, who had two players with three hits and four with two outs, pounded out 17 hits against HCC.
Asia Budd, Wedel, Rains, Short, Rains and Nave and Locke all had hits. None were for extra base hits; the first time in five games the Lady Dragons didn’t have an extra-base hit.
GAME 2 RECAP – KWU 7, Hutchinson 3
HCC once again fell behind 3-0, but HCC fought back to pull within one run twice at 3-2 and 4-3 after six inning.
Sophomore Kelly Buckman, who threw a gutsy performance to keep the Lady Dragons in the game, but the Coyotes broke it open with three runs in the seventh inning.
Buckman (0-2) threw a complete game. She allowed eight hits, seven runs, six earned runs and four walks while striking out five.
The Lady Dragons had a season-low five hits led by freshman MaKenzi Shackley, who went 2 for 4. Wedel, Budd and Nave had the only other hits. Budd had the only extra-base hit, a double.
Kansas Wesleyan out-hit the Lady Dragons 8-5 in Game 2. Starter Elizabeth Brown earned the win for the Coyotes, striking out seven in 4 2-3 innings.
NOTES – Freshman Rylee Nave has hit safely in all six games so far in 2013. … Freshman Megan Short, who earlier on Tuesday was named Jayhawk Conference Division I Player of the Week – has hit safely in all five games she played. She did not play in the second game on Tuesday.