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Lady Blue Devils divide; another ranked foe next

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Kansas City Kansas Community College split a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday before continuing the toughest starting schedule in the Jayhawk Conference.

The Blue Devils (6-6) posted a 6-2 win over North Dakota State College of Science, a two-year college in Wahpeton, N.D., before dropping the nightcap 6-3. The split came a day after being swept at No. 4 ranked Highland Tuesday, which came on the heels of two losses to a Johnson County team ranked in the NJCAA Top 10 in the preseason rankings.

Next up, yet another clash with a Top 20 team, at No. 15 Cowley College Friday followed by another twin-bill at Independence on Saturday. It’s the first of six straight road games for the Lady Blue Devils, who do not return home until a March 27 twin bill against Fort Scott.

Shannon Greene scattered eight hits, striking out seven and walking none in the 6-2 win over North Dakota State. The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead on a pair of doubles in the first inning but didn’t score again until KCKCC had posted a pair of 3-run innings.

The Blue Devils managed just five hits but four came in the 3-run fourth. Natalie Cowan’s single and a triple by Jadyn Lindgren tied the game and RBI singles by Jennifer Mullins and Shannon Brown put KCKCC ahead to stay 3-1. Three more runs crossed in the fifth on a Brittney Beck single, walk, Kali Jacobson squeeze bunt and a pair of passed balls.

North Dakota State put a pair of 3-run outbursts on the board in the 6-3 nightcap. Erin Nissan broke a scoreless tie with a 3-run home run in the fourth and the Wildcats added three more runs on five straight hits off starter Katelyn Kittrell in the fifth.

Singles by Mullins and Brown and an error scored KCKCC’s first run in the fourth; Jacobson tripled and scored on a ground ball in the fifth; and Brown and Shelby Espy had singles for the final run in the sixth.

Highland lived up to its high national ranking by scoring early and often in 9-4 and 12-2 wins at Highland Tuesday.

Trailing 7-0 in the opener, the Blue Devils rallied for their four runs in the fifth.

Three came on a Kaylee Arnzen home run. Singles by Aspen Salinas and Cowan and a ground ball scored one run before Arnzen’s home run to center.

Cowan had three hits and Arnzen two to pace an 8-hit Blue Devil offense. Greene took the loss, giving up 10 hits, striking out three and walking two.

Highland roared to an 8-0 lead in the first inning of the second game. After a pair of walks, back-to-back home runs by Sydney Anderson and Aubry Hernandez kayoed KCKCC starter Katelyn Kittrell. The Scotties added four more runs against Faith Maslak in the inning and then got a 3-run home run from Kami Zimmerman in the second before Shelby Espy held Highland to just one hit and one run in the final three innings.

Limited to just two hits, the Blue Devils got a 2-run home run by Jennifer Mullins after a single by Arnzen in the fourth.


KCKCC golfers seventh in tough Ottawa Spring Invitational

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

The only two-year college in the field, Kansas City Kansas Community College ran into a bevy of strong four-year colleges and universities and had to settle for seventh place in the Ottawa University Spring Invitational Monday and Tuesday.

With the three leading medalists and four of the low six scores in the 13-team field, Park University finished 35 strokes in front of runnerup Sterling College with a 573 total in the tourney played in cold and breezy conditions at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence.

Trailing Park were Sterling, 608; Ottawa, 611; Northwestern (Iowa), 612; Kansas Wesleyan, 614; Missouri Valley, 618; and KCKCC, 629. Bethel College, York College, Southwestern, Haskell Indian Nation and B teams from Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan trailed KCKCC.

Sophomore Micah Morris led KCKCC, tying for eighth place for a 73-77-150 total. Bobby Armstrong (75-81-157) and Zach Miller (77-80-157) tied for 26th; Trevor Bauer (82-83-165) tied for 44th; and Harry Welsh (87-83-170) placed 54th to round out the Blue Devil scoring.

Wes Butenbach led Park’s sweep of the low three finishers with a 4-under par 139. Yannick Koehnen was second (142) and Nate Ruan third (144) with Ryan Tattan (148) tying for fifth.


Five triples power KCKCC 15-7; key Jayhawk twin bill Thursday

KCKCC sophomore outfielder Rorey Combs got the stop sign from Blue Devil head coach Matt Goldbeck as he beat the throw from the outfield with a head-first slide on the second of his two triples in KCKCC’s 15-7 win over Saint Mary junior varsity Tuesday. (KCKCC photos by Alan Hoskins)

KCKCC sophomore outfielder Rorey Combs beat the throw from the outfield with a head-first slide on the second of his two triples in KCKCC’s 15-7 win over Saint Mary junior varsity Tuesday. (KCKCC photos by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Temperatures in the low 40s weren’t enough to cool off Kansas City Kansas Community College’s hot bats Tuesday.

Pounding out 16 hits including five triples, the Blue Devils defeated Saint Mary junior varsity in a 15-8 slugfest.

The win evened KCKCC’s record at 10-10 and set up a pivotal four-game series with Labette (6-11) starting Thursday with a home doubleheader at 1 p.m. The two teams then complete the series with a twin bill at Parsons Saturday.

The middle infield duo of shortstop Kevin Santiago and second baseman Brigham Mooney powered the Blue Devils Tuesday.

Each drove in five runs, Mooney with two triples and a home run and Santiago with five hits including a two-run triple. Outfielder

Rorey Combs also had two triples and a single and Josh Schumacher singled twice and scored three times.

The Blue Devils built a 6-1 lead through the first five innings behind the pitching of freshman lefthander Hunter Paxton of Mill Valley, who allowed one run and three hits and retired 11 Spires in a row before tiring in the sixth.

Three straight hits, a one-out error and another single kayoed Paxton.

Reliever Ethan Baltz gave up two more runs on a single and a hit batsman with the bases-loaded before Allan Brown got the final two outs.

The 6-run inning put Saint Mary in front 7-6 but the lead didn’t last out the inning.

Santiago put KCKCC ahead 8-7 with a 2-run triple following a Schumacher single and a walk and Mooney made it 11-7 with a bases-loaded triple.

The Blue Devils added three more runs in the seventh, loading the bases on singles by Julius King and Schumacher and a walk to set up Santiago’s fifth straight hit, a 2-run single. Mooney then closed out the scoring with a home run to right-center in the eighth.

Combs’ two triples highlighted the scoring of KCKCC’s first four runs.

Back-to-back triples by Combs and Mooney made it 2-1 in the second and a walk, Santiago’s RBI single and Combs’ second triple made it 4-1 in the third.

Singles by Santiago and Combs and a two-base error extended the KCKCC lead to 6-1 in the fifth.

Allan Brown got the pitching win, allowing one hit in 1.2 innings. Gunner Vestal struck out one in a perfect eighth inning and Julian Rivera finished up, giving up an unearned run on a hit, walk and strikeout.