Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Eagle softball snaps tourney drought

By The Herald Staff | 5/14/2014

La CYGNE — The Wellsville High School softball team had won three straight Pioneer League regular-season titles, but never garnered the tournament championship.

The Eagles were determined to end the drought Tuesday against Prairie View in La Cygne. Wellsville rolled to a 7-2 win.

La CYGNE — The Wellsville High School softball team had won three straight Pioneer League regular-season titles, but never garnered the tournament championship.

The Eagles were determined to end the drought Tuesday against Prairie View in La Cygne. Wellsville rolled to a 7-2 win.

“It was a big thing for us,” Wellsville coach Chris Rose said. “The last two tournament championships we were beaten by Prairie View. We had good energy. We played our game.”

Wellsville led 7-0 until giving up a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Raegan Beckley picked up the win.

“She pitched phenomenal,” Rose said. “She had good command of her pitches. She worked ahead in the count. She did a good job of working out of jams.”

Moriah Kayhill had three hits. Ashley Sparks had two RBIs. Rose said Wellsville scored five runs with two outs.

“We extended the inning and saw more pitches,” he said.

Wellsville (18-2) completed the best season in program history. It was the 60th win for the seniors.

Wellsville received the No. 2 seed in the Humboldt regional and plays 5:30 p.m. Monday in the first round against No. 7 West Franklin (1-17) in Wellsville.

“It is going to be a difficult regional,” he said.

Central Heights (9-11) is the fifth seed and plays 5:30 p.m. Monday at No. 4 Jayhawk-Linn (16-2).

Central Heights

The Vikings topped Anderson County, 10-9, in the league tourney. Sarah Bell had four RBIs.

Kirby Laird, Kenzie Hayward, Whitney Kraus, Lindsay Folsom and Bell had one hit each.

Laird, Hayward and Tess Cotter had the other RBIs.

West Franklin

POMONA — West Franklin ended the regular season Tuesday at home with 17-1 and 17-4 losses to Burlington. It was the final home game for senior Brittany Crump.

“She has done a great job this season adjusting to where her team needed her on the field,” West Franklin coach Michelle Haupt said. “She’s a strong player and this team will miss her.”

Avery Mead had two hits to pace the Falcons. Brittany Shaffer had two stolen bases.

Crump had a hit and a stolen base.

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