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Jayhawk-leading Cowley sweeps KCKCC in softball twinbill

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

The old axiom that good softball pitching beats good hitting never rang more true than in Kansas City Kansas Community College’s doubleheader loss to Jayhawk Conference leader Cowley College Sunday.

Two Cowley hurlers held the Lady Blue Devils to just seven hits in 5-1 and 9-1 conference wins. The sweep kept the Lady Tigers (20-11) unbeaten in Jayhawk play at 8-0 while KCKCC fell to 10-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

The Blue Devils go back on the road to Cloud County Tuesday and Ottawa JV Wednesday before returning home Saturday to host Labette in a twin bill starting at 2 p.m.

“Two bad innings really did us in,” KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery said. Cowley scored all of its runs in the fourth inning of the 5-1 opener and six runs in the third inning of the second game.

KCKCC sophomore Megan Sumonja retired the first 10 hitters in the opener only to have the next six Tigers reach base in a 5-run fourth inning that included a 3-run double and an RBI triple and double. The Tigers finished with nine hits while Sumonja struck out five, walked two.

Allison Kasick doubled and Amy Grace-Wilson, Mikaela Hoffart and Katherine Stringer singled for the Blue Devil hits. KCKCC’s lone run came after 12 Blue Devils had been retired in a row on a walk, a single by Hoffart and Grace-Wilson’s sacrifice fly.

The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead into the third inning of the nightcap only to have the Tigers explode for 14 hits over the next three innings against three KCKCC hurlers.

Kaylynn Stratton, who had two of KCKCC’s three hits, led off the first inning with a single, stole second and scored on Wilson’s two-out single.

Carley Strawn got the win for Cowley, striking out four, walking one and retiring 10 of the last 12 hitters she faced.

Ninth inning run lets KCKCC sweep pair from Labette

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s ‘thrill-a-minute’ baseball team did it again Sunday.

Trailing Labette 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Blue Devils tied it and then won it 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the ninth – the ninth time in 16 games KCKCC games have been decided by one run including four in extra innings.

Coupled with a 13-3 5-inning win in the opener, the Blue Devils improved to 10-6 in the Jayhawk Conference and pulled back into a fourth place tie with Johnson County. Allen County and Fort Scott top the standings at 12-4 followed by Cowley at 11-5. Home against Saint Mary today at 3 p.m., the Blue Devils resume conference play Thursday when they play host to Highland in a 1 p.m. twin bill.

Chase Redick’s line drive single to leftfield with two out and the bases loaded won the nightcap 4-3 for the Blue Devils. Albert Woodard’s two-out single ignited the winning rally and after a walk to Tyler Pittman, the Cardinals intentionally walked Alex Phillips and Redick foiled the strategy by ripping a 1-1 pitch to left.

Limited to just three hits and four base-runners over the first six innings by Cody Oliphant, the Blue Devils finally broke through in the seventh, scoring three times on a hit batsman and singles by Brandon Green, Josh Schumacher and Pittman.

The rally made a winner out of Turner sophomore righthander Cowan, who turned in his best pitching effort of the season. His pitch count limited early in the season because of an injury last fall, Cowan went the 9-inning distance allowing just seven hits, striking out seven and walking one. After giving up two runs in the first, Cowan allowed only one run and five hits over the final eight innings.

Trailing 2-0 in the opener, the Blue Devils exploded for 13 runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings in the 13-3 win. Southpaw Shae Stephens ran his record to 4-1, allowing six hits while striking out five and walking two.

Josh Schumacher, who had three hits, got the Blue Devils’ scoring started in the third on with a leadoff triple.

After a walk and two errors, Drew Holtgrieve and Easton Fortuna put KCKCC ahead 4-2 with run-scoring singles. Pittman doubled in two runs and Phillips singled in two more in a 6-run fourth inning after the Blue Devils loaded the bases on a single by Brandon Still and bunt hits by Brandon Green and Schumacher.

The Blue Devils then ended it with a 3-run fifth on two walks, a single by Schumacher, double by Woodard and single by Pittman.

Weather foils outstanding starts for No. 9 KCKCC golf team

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Weather continued to wreak havoc with Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 9 ranked golf team this spring.

Snow canceled the second round of the Ottawa Spring Invitational with the Blue Devils just a stroke out of first place and rain and cold forced KCKCC to withdraw from Saturday’s Graceland Invitational after taking the lead in Friday’s opening round.

“We played well but it was cold and rained all day Friday and with us scheduled to play a practice round Sunday and 36 holes Monday in the Jayhawk Conference opener at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, it just made good sense to withdraw, come home, dry out and get ready for the conference,” KCKCC coach Gary Shrader said.

Rain forced a delay in the start of the final round Saturday in the Graceland Invitational at Mozingo Lakes in Maryville, Mo.

“For teams from Iowa that drove four or five hours, they wanted to get in some rounds but with the conference Sunday and Monday, we didn’t need more rounds in such inclement weather,” Shrader said.

With an 8-over par 296, the Blue Devils held a three-shot lead over Mount Mercy at the halfway mark of the 11-team tournament made up of KCKCC and 10 four-year colleges. Culver-Stockton was third at 299 followed by Graceland, 309; Lindenwood, 311; Simpson, 313; Iowa Lakes, 318; Waldorf, 328; Graceland B, 350; and Central Missouri, 355.

Bonner Springs sophomore Marc McClain led the Blue Devils with an even par 72 that tied him fourth in medalist standings with Micah Morris of Coyle, Okla., a stroke back in sixth at 73. Sophomore Jeremy Dunham of Derby was tied for 10th at 75 with freshman Nick Wagner of Wichita Maize South tied for 16th at 76.

In addition, sophomore Matt Thayne of Hesston tied for 34th with an 81 while sophomore Evan Shartzer of Blue Valley North and freshman Bobby Armstrong of Bishop Carroll were another stroke back at 82 in a tie for 36th.

The Blue Devils trailed Bethany College by just one stroke 310-311 in the Ottawa Spring Invitational at Eagle Bend March 13. Ottawa was third at 316 in the nine-team tournament when snow forced cancellation of the second round.

Dunham led well-balanced KCKCC scoring with a 76 followed by Armstrong with a 77, Wagner and Morris, both 78; and Shartzer, 81.