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Softball season ends without a win

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ARKANSAS CITY -- Fort Scott Community College's softball season came to and end without a victory here Saturday as the Greyhounds were swept by top-seeded Cowley in the Region VI Division II District D first-round playoff series.

Cowley (43-6) won the best-of-3 series 2 games to none by sweeping a Saturday doubleheader 8-0 and 11-3. Fort Scott's season came to an end with no wins in 47 games. Going back to last season, the Greyhound program has lost its last 54 games overall and its last 35 in Jayhawk Conference play.

Just three seasons ago under Lauren Sigwing, who is now the head coach at Eastern New Mexico University, the Greyhounds finished 36-23, fifth in the conference. They made a deep run in the postseason, finishing second in the regional tournament to Cowley. Fort Scott is just 28-107 since then under Malinda Berglund.

The 0-47 season just completed is the worst in school history, obscuring back-to-back seasons of 2-32 and 3-32 in 2005 and 2006.

Cowley advances to double-elimination bracket play this weekend at Topeka where the Tigers will play ninth-seeded Pratt. Due to rain, the Beavers (22-30) had to play all three of their games at Cloud County Sunday. After losing game one 6-1, Pratt won game two 6-5 and game three 9-0.

Fourth-seeded Labette and 12th-seeded Hesston will play on the other side of the bracket. Labette swept KCK Saturday while Hesston swept Dodge City.

The District E Tournament will also be held in Topeka this weekend. It features second-seeded Highland, third-seeded Johnson County, No. 10 Brown Mackie and the winner of the Independence-Allen series, which was tied 1-1 with game three scheduled for Monday.

Each district's champion advances to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

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13 girls started the spring season, the lowest roster number of any KJCAA team or any team that they faced. With this very low number of players, the FSCC took on some of the heaviest non-conference competition of any KJCAA team. They took on DMAC, East Central Iowa, Iowa Central, Marshalltown...while other KJCAA teams scheduled lower level competition to pad their records. Some KJCAA schools even cancelled their games against DMAC and Central Iowa when they realized how strong of a team they were.

12 girls attended the last games at Cowley. This is what should be remembered of this season. All but 1 player finished the season. Despite what seemed to be insurmountable odds, this team never gave up. Never quit. Continued on. At the end of the season, this team had 10 players able to play, with 1 out to a torn ACL and another out for personal reasons. Had any players become frustrated and quit...there would not have been any softball.

You have Assistant Coach Heather Arnold to thank for that! Without her leadership and guidance, this team would not have made it through the season.

-- Posted by Hound4Life on Tue, May 1, 2012, at 3:04 PM

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