Tiger softball steamrolls opponents

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

After suffering a home sweep at the hands of defending Southeast Kansas League champion Independence at home a week ago, Fort Scott High’s softball team has taken out its frustration on its last two league opponents, outscoring them 65-9.

Friday at Don Hewett Field, the Tigers rolled Labette County by scores of 15-0 and 19-8. Fort Scott needed only 9 hits to win the opener and cranked out 19 in the nightcap.

Monday at Coffeyville, the Tigers steamrolled the Golden Tornado, 19-0 and 13-0. They enjoyed an 18-run third inning in the opener and hit three home runs in the doubleheader.

These were the ninth and 10th times in the program’s history that Fort Scott scored at least 30 runs in a doubleheader. The school record is 36 runs in an 18-0, 18-10 sweep of Parsons on April 12, 2011.

The second-place Tigers improved to 9-2 in the SEK and 10-3 overall, their only other loss coming to two-time defending Class 4A-Division I State Champion Spring Hill. Labette County, which doesn’t play again until Thursday, fell to 2-4, 5-5. Coffeyville, which scored big in sweeping Parsons last Friday, dropped to 2-8, 2-12.

Friday: Fort Scott 15-18, Labette County 0-9.

Lane Bohlken allowed just 2 hits in the opener, which was called after 3 innings. The Tigers scored 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning. LCHS needed three pitchers to get out of that inning; the first two failed to get an out.

Mia Bryant was 2 for 2 at the plate with a pair of doubles and 3 runs batted in. Lexi Milburn was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. Aubrey Ard drove in 2 runs and Bohlken had 2 hits herself.

Though the Grizzlies were able to score runs in the second game, the Tigers never trailed. They led 5-0 after one inning and 11-6 after three.

Kenady Poyner and Sami Bradbury each had 4 hits for Fort Scott. Milburn had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Ard, Bryant, Bohlken and Montana LaRoche each has 2 hits. Bradbury also drove in 4 runs.

Mia Bryant pitched 4 innings in relief, allowing one run on 4 hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Monday: Fort Scott 19-13, Coffeyville 0-0.

Fort Scott head coach Brian Pommier posted on his Twitter account following these games that LaRoche, Bryant and Milburn drove in 11 runs in the doubleheader on three swings.

Milburn and LaRoche hit grand slams in the top of the third inning. Milburn’s came first and it was on the first pitch she saw during her at-bat. LaRoche’s came later in the inning after she took the first pitch for a ball.

Bryant’s homer, her second of the season, was a 3-run shot in the first inning of the second game. It also came on the second pitch she saw following ball one.

Milburn was 3 for 3 with 4 runs batted in during the opener while Ard was 3 for 4 and drove in 6 runs. Poyner, LaRoche and Jenny Denton each had 2 hits. LaRoche had 5 RBI.

Bohlken (6-1) allowed 2 hits and struck out 2. This game was also called after three innings.

Game two went five innings. Bradbury, Bryant, Bohlken and Milburn each had 2 hits while Kyra Pryor was 3 for 3 and drove in 3 runs.

Milburn was the winning pitcher. She allowed 4 hits and struck out 5.

The Tigers will host Paola in a non-league doubleheader at 4:30 Thursday.

Friday’s Games

Game One

Labette County 000 xxx x — 0 2 4

Fort Scott..... (12)03 xxx x — 15 9 0

Two out when game ended.

WP — Bohlken (5-1). LP — Back.

HR — None.

Game Two

Labette County 015 012 0 — 9 12 7

Fort Scott.......... 515 205 x — 18 19 6

WP — Bryant (3-1). LP — Rexwinkle.

HR — None.

Monday’s Games

Game One

Fort Scott..... 10(18) xxx x — 19 15 1

Coffeyville......... 000 xxx x — 0 2 4

WP — Bohlken (6-1). LP — D.Rooks.

HR — Fort Scott: Milburn (1, 3rd inn., 3 on, none out), LaRoche (1, 3rd inn., 3 on, 1 out).

Game Two

Fort Scott.......... 321 07x x — 13 13 3

Coffeyville......... 000 00x x — 0 4 6

WP — Milburn (1-1). LP — Braschler.

HR — Fort Scott: Bryant (2, 1st inn, 2 on, 1 out).