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Wellsville softball takes second in tourney

By The Herald Staff | 5/8/2013

IOLA — The Wellsville High School softball team can’t get over the hump in the Pioneer League championship game. Wellsville fell for the third straight time in the title game.

The Eagles lost 5-2 Tuesday to Prairie View in Iola. The Eagles were the regular season champions.

IOLA — The Wellsville High School softball team can’t get over the hump in the Pioneer League championship game. Wellsville fell for the third straight time in the title game.

The Eagles lost 5-2 Tuesday to Prairie View in Iola. The Eagles were the regular season champions.

Prairie View scored twice in the second inning with the help some of Wellsville errors.

“We have really been struggling at the plate as a team of late and our confidence at the plate was definitely shaken with a two-run deficit in a championship game,” Wellsville coach Chris Rose said. “The pressure mounted and we tried to do way too much and started pressing and getting out of the things that we had done early in the season that made us productive hitters.  

“We did have a lot of balls that we hit hard but right at girls and they made the plays. If we have a line drive or hard ground ball go six inches one way or the other things would have been different also, so it was just one of those type of nights that things didn’t go right at the plate either.”

Wellsville broke through with some hard hits in the sixth inning. Moriah Kayhill walked, stole second and scored on an error.

Ashley Sparks ripped a triple and scored on Justine Dougan’s single.

“We really had the makings of a big inning but we just couldn’t find gaps,” Rose said. “We hit two screaming line drives that inning that ended up being caught.

“Raegan Beckley pitched pretty well but we just gave up some untimely hits and had some untimely mistakes that Prairie View capitalized on.”

Wellsville advanced to the title game with wins over Osawatomie (5-3) and Anderson County (12-5) Monday in Wellsville.

The Eagles offense struggled against Osaswatomie, but built a 5-0 lead heading into the seventh. Beckley had a perfect game through six innings.

“I think she was really pressing in the seventh and kind of got out of what she did the first six innings that got her to that point,” Rose said.

“To Osawatomie’s credit, they had a lot of energy in the last inning and strung together some hits and got themselves back into the game.”

Hollie Geist had two hits and Dougan drove home two runs.

Wellsville rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to down Anderson County. Wellsville used a three-run third and a five-run fourth to build a 9-3 lead.

Tori Broers had a three-run double in the fourth inning. Broers, Ashley Ebeck, Kayhill, Sparks had two hits each.

Wellsville plays today at home against Eudora.

Wellsville (11-3) garnered the second seed in the Burlington regional. The Eagles play 4:45 p.m. Monday against West Franklin in Emporia.

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