IOLA — The Wellsville High School softball team showed it can overcome mental mistakes and lack of timely hitting by staying the course.
The Eagles had some of those facets raise up in its doubleheader sweep Tuesday over Iola in Iola. Wellsville won 10-4 and 5-2.
“We scored a majority of our runs with two outs and extending innings on offense is something we really strive to do and we did that well in both games,” Wellsville coach Chris Rose said. “We made some mental errors that we shouldn’t have made that cost us some runs both offensively and defensively. With the weather being the way it was, we seemed to struggle with keeping our intensity and focus were it needed to be for seven innings.”
Wellsville led 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning of the opener when the Eagles opened the door for Iola.
“We had a few lapses on defense and didn’t get a couple of calls that led to some late runs for Iola,” Rose said. “I was really pleased that we responded in the seventh inning, when Iola came back and made it a 7-4 game, by getting three more runs in the seventh to push the game out of reach for them.
“The pace to this game was really slow, so it was hard for our girls to get into a rhythm and play the way we want to play.”
Raegan Beckley had seven strikeouts. Justine Dougan had three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Tori Broers had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Moriah Kayhill set the tone by reaching base.
The nightcap was a grind-it-out affair for the Eagles.
“Which was something I think we needed since all of our wins have been by sizeable margins,” Rose said.
The Eagles left the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings of a 2-2 game. Wellsville came through in the fifth with three runs, all coming with two outs.
Beckley had an RBI single. Hollie Geist battled with a long at-bat and ripped an RBI triple. She scored on a passed ball.
Beckley had 10 strikeouts in the nightcap.
“Raegan Beckley pitched great and showed a tremendous amount of toughness on the mound,” Rose said. “She seemed to have her best stuff in the late innings. Raegan hit her spots well and seemed to throw harder as the game went, which was amazing with the weather getting worse as the game went on.”
Wellsville (6-2, 6-0) plays today at Eudora and returns home Tuesday to face Osawatomie.