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.