Greyhounds cap 9-in-5 stretch with 8-inning win

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Fort Scott’s Sierra Sanderson slap bunts her way on base during the bottom of the fourth inning of Monday’s opening game against North Dakota State College of Science at the Betty Ruth Willard Complex. This was a part of a 10-run inning that led to a 19-5 win.
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Fort Scott Community College’s softball team has had a busy five days in which they played nine games, including Tuesday’s Jayhawk Conference-Division II opening doubleheader versus Labette at the Betty Ruth Willard Complex.

Friday and Saturday, the Greyhounds (1-1 conference, 14-7 overall) played five games in two days at the Crowder Bash in Joplin. They lost four of them, but all of those were to Division I teams and three of them have winning records.

Monday, the Greyhounds posted a sweep of the North Dakota State College of Science in non-conference play at the Betty Ruth Willard Complex as the Wildcats are making a spring break swing through Missouri and Kansas. Tuesday, FSCC split their conference opener with Labette, winning the second game in eight innings.

Friday and Saturday: Crowder Bash.

Fort Scott lost on Friday to Southeastern (Iowa), 8-7, when the Blackhawks (7-8) scored 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. That overcame a Greyhound rally in which they scored 4 in the top of the sixth.

The ’Hounds had 18 hits in that game with 3 each by Allie Rooks and Aimee Wimp, who also drove in 2 runs each. Sierra Sanderson, Hayley Bledsoe, Mikala Galvin, Madison Druse and Brooklyn Walters has 2 hits each. Bledsoe also drove in 2 runs.

Also on Friday, the ’Hounds defeated Division II Mineral Area, Mo., by a 3-1 score. Galvin had 2 of Fort Scott’s 7 hits.

The Cardinals scored first but the Greyhounds scored 2 in the top of the second. Bledsoe doubled with one out and Galvin reached on an error. Druse drove in Bledsoe with a groundout. Walters singled in Galvin.

Galvin hit a leadoff single in the fourth, moved up on two groundouts and scored on a passed ball.

Abby Cox allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in getting the complete-game victory.

In Saturday’s first game, Crowder (19-4), the host school, scored 4 times in the bottom of the first and again in the second and went on to an 8-0 win. Galvin and Druse had the only hits for the Greyhounds.

Next up, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (15-5), ranked No. 6 in Division I, took a 4-0 win with a pair of runs on the bottom of the first and 2 more in the fifth.

Shelby Choate had 2 of Fort Scott’s 4 hits. Galvin and Druse had the others. Taylor Makowski (7-2) allowed 3 walks while striking out 6.

Incidentally, two of NEO’s five losses this season came in this event (to Jefferson and Kirkwood).

Jefferson (14-5) was Fort Scott’s final opponent of the weekend, winning 4-3.

The Greyhounds took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on Shelby Choate’s 2-run home run, her fourth of the season. Allie Rooks walked ahead of the homer.

Hannah Karl’s 2-out, 3-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put the Vikings ahead. Fort Scott tied the score in the top of the sixth when Wimp was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Galvin’s double.

Jefferson won it in the bottom of the seventh when Taylor Barnes bunted her way on. She scored from second on Abby Rollet’s single.

Choate was 2 for 3 for the Greyhounds at the plate.

Monday: Fort Scott 19-3, North Dakota Science 5-0.

After both teams scored 3 runs in the first inning, the Greyhounds dominated the rest of the game. A 10-run fourth inning put things away against NDSCS (0-4), a Division III team that was playing just its third game of the season.

The Greyhounds had 17 hits, including 3 each from Sanderson and Walters and 2 from Choate, Wimp, Bledsoe, and Cox. Choate drove un 4 runs while Wimp had 3 RBI and Cox and Rooks 2 each.

Cox allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7.

All of the runs in game two scored in the bottom of the third. Rooks led off and doubled to right. Sanderson reached safely on a bunt with Rooks going to third. Sanderson stole second, then Wimp’s single scored Rooks. Galvin followed with a double to score Sanderson and Wimp.

Britney Smith was the only Greyhound with 2 hits. Hutsell allowed 6 hits and 5 walks but struck out 9 Wildcats.

Tuesday: Labette 12-2, Fort Scott 1-3.

The Greyhounds scored first in the opener when Choate’s single to right-center scored Rooks, who walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on Sanderson’s sacrifice. But even though they were able to get runners on base in every other inning, they left a total of eight runners stranded — including two others in the first.

Labette (3-1, 4-12) tied the score in the top of the second and added 3 in both the fourth and fifth innings. They scored 5 in the top of the seventh, 3 on Gwendolyn Smalley’s home run into the wind in center field.

Choate had 3 of Fort Scott’s 6 hits. Labette had 10 hits off Cox (7-4).

The Cardinals scored once in the top of the third and one more in the fifth as they took a 2-0 lead in the second game. Fort Scott got one back in the bottom of the fifth as Druse singled to lead off the inning, moved up when Walters’ ball wasn’t fielded cleanly by the second baseman, and scored on Smith’s single to right.

Druse led off the seventh with a single that took a bad hop near second base. She stole second and scored on Smith’s one-out single.

Choate led off the eighth and reached on an error. Wimp singled to right and Galvin followed up with a single to left to plate the winning run.

Smith went 3 for 3 for the Greyhounds while Druse was 2 for 3.

Hutsell (7-2) allowed 8 hit and 2 walks while striking out 4 as she hurled a complete game.

The Greyhounds won’t have long to rest as they entertain Division I Dodge City in a non-conference doubleheader at the complex Thursday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.


Friday’s Games

at Joplin

Game One

Fort Scott........................... 010 204 0 — 7 18 2

Southeastern (Iowa)..... 300 020 2 — 8 6 0

One out when winning run scored.

WP — Rosado (5-0). LP — Hutsell (5-1).

HR — Southeastern: Featheringill (1st, 1st inn., 2 on, 2 out).

Game Two

Fort Scott........................... 020 100 0 — 3 7 1

Mineral Area.................... 100 000 0 — 1 4 1

WP — Cox (6-2). LP — Rennick (0-2).

HR — None.

Saturday’s Games

at Joplin

Game One

Fort Scott........................... 000 00x x — 0 2 0

Crowder............................. 440 0xx x — 8 9 0

WP — Massanelli (9-1). LP — Bledsoe (0-1).

HR — Crowder: Miles (4, 2nd inn., 2 on, 1 out).

Game Two

Fort Scott........................... 000 000 0 — 0 4 3

NEO A&M........................... 200 020 x — 4 5 1

WP — Makowski (7-2). LP — Cox (6-3).

HR — Crowder: Marshall (6, 1st inn, none on, none out).

Game Three

Fort Scott........................... 002 001 0 — 3 5 2

Jefferson............................ 000 030 1 — 4 8 2

None out when winning run scored.

WP — Hill (6-3). LP — Hutsell (5-2).

HR — Fort Scott: Choate (4, 3rd inn., 1 on, 2 out). Jefferson: Karl (4, 5th inn., 2 on, none out).

Monday’s Games

Game One

North Dakota Science... 301 01x x — 5 5 0

Fort Scott..................... 315 (10)xx x — 19 17 2

WP — Cox (7-3). LP — Harder (0-1).

HR — ND Science: Veu 2 (2, 1st inn., 1 on, none out; 3rd inn., none on, 2 out).

Game Two

North Dakota Science... 000 000 0 — 0 6 1

Fort Scott........................... 003 000 x — 3 7 0

WP — Hutsell (6-2). LP — Harder (0-2).

HR — None.

Tuesday’s Games

Game One

Labette............................... 010 330 5 — 12 10 3

Fort Scott........................... 100 000 0 — 1 6 4

WP — Jones (2-3). LP — Cox (7-4).

HR — Labette: Smalley (2, 7th inn, 2 on, 2 out).

Game Two

Labette............................. 001 010 00 — 2 8 3

Fort Scott........................ 000 010 11 — 3 8 1

None out when winning run scored.

WP — Hutsell (7-2). LP — Van Deventer (2-6).

HR — none.