Freshman pitches KCKCC to softball split at Coffeyville

Leslie Ford (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College rode Leslie Ford’s strong pitching and hitting to a 3-2 win at Coffeyville Tuesday but had to settle for a split when Coffeyville rallied for a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

The split left the Lady Blue Devils 3-1 in the Jayhawk Conference and 5-1 overall heading into doubleheaders at Hesston Friday and Hutchinson Saturday.
A freshman from Garden City, Ford scattered six hits, struck out 12 and drove in the game-winning run in the 3-2 win. She was backed by an 11-hit attack that included two singles and a triple by leadoff hitter Lacey Santiago and a double and single each by Ford and Justice Scales.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the Blue Devils took the lead on five straight singles by Ford, Megan Dike, Santiago, Scales and Mierra Morisette. Coffeyville tied it in the bottom of the inning before KCKCC scored the decisive go-ahead run on a one-out single by Ashley Henigton and Ford’s RBI double to center.
Coffeyville threatened in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff double but Ford escaped with a pair of strikeouts and a popup and set down the Red Ravens in order in the seventh.
The Blue Devils took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap. After a leadoff single by Santiago, Scales tripled and scored on Morisette’s single. A double by Hanna Barnhart and a single for Ford added the third run.
Santiago and Scales each had a pair of hits in the 9-hit attack but the Blue Devils managed on four more base-runners the rest of the way.
Elizabeth Seimear took the loss despite allowing only six hits and two earned runs. She struck out four and walked one.
After tying the game with two unearned runs in the second, Coffeyville won it on a two-out single in the fifth.
“Elisabeth Seimear threw well but they were able to score on a couple of bloop hits,” said KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery. “Leslie Ford pitched well in the first game and Megan Dike called a good game behind the plate with the 12 strikeouts. And the defense played well both games with just one error.”
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KCKCC golfers finish one shot back in tournament

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College got its spring season started in outstanding fashion Monday and Tuesday, finishing just one stroke back in the Ottawa Spring Invitational Tournament.

Tied for second four strokes back of Oklahoma Wesleyan after the first round, the Blue Devils were nipped 613-614 by Sterling College in the 8-team tournament played at Eagle Bend in Lawrence. Okla.

Wesleyan finished third at 618 followed by Ottawa (625), Kansas Wesleyan and Haskell (both 633), Independence Community College (636) and Bethel (704).

Freshmen Seve Sites of Shawnee Mission West and Lane Pauls of Newton led the Blue Devils, each firing identical rounds of 74 and 77 for 151 totals to finish in a fourth place tie.

Sophomore Collin Herron of Topeka Hayden tied for 12th with a 79-78-157; freshman Montana Fasching of Piper tied for 16th with a 77-81-158; and Newton freshman Dalton Ayres was alone in 22nd at 81-78-159.

Coach Gary Shrader’s Blue Devils are now idle until March 23-24 when they begin Jayhawk Conference designated tournament play at the Salina Municipal course.

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Sporting KC plays host to Cruz Azul in first leg of CCL

Sporting Kansas City opens its 2014 home schedule on Wednesday as the club faces Mexican opponent Cruz Azul FC in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.

The match, scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., will be nationally broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 (English) and Univision Deportes Network (Spanish). Fans can also listen to the match locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Sporting Kansas City was the first team to qualify for the 2013-2014 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League after winning the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in a penalty kick shootout against the Seattle Sounders FC at Sporting Park. Sporting KC’s Champions League berth was the first for the club under the tournament’s new format. The team previously qualified for the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2002 and 2005.

Sporting KC was drawn into Group 2 of the tournament alongside Real Esteli FC (Nicaragua) and CD Olimpia (Honduras), and opened the group stage with back-to-back road victories against each opponent. The defending MLS Cup champions then secured consecutive draws at Sporting Park to finish atop the group standings and advance to the quarterfinal round.

Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg started all four group stage matches for Sporting KC, recording a 0.25 goals against average to date in the competition. Forward Soony Saad leads Sporting KC for goals in the 2013-2014 tournament with two.

Cruz Azul qualified for the 2013-14 edition of the tournament after finishing as runner-up in the 2013 Liga MX Clausura Liguilla in a match also decided in a penalty kick shootout. Cruz Azul held a perfect 4-0-0 record in Group 3, beating Herediano (Costa Rica) and Valencia (Haiti) two times each en route to outscoring its opponents 10-2 in the group stage.

The CCL quarterfinals will consist of a two-legged home and away series. The decisive second match will be played in Mexico City on March 19 and the team with the lead on aggregate at the conclusion of the second game will advance to the semifinals.

Cruz Azul currently leads Liga MX with a 8-1-1 record in 2014. Mexican national team goalkeeper Jesus Corona leads La Maquina with six shutouts in 10 matches and a 0.60 goals against average to start the Clausura campaign. The club’s lone loss came in Cruz Azul’s last outing as the Mexican side fell 3-0 on Saturday at Tigres UANL.

Striker Marco Fabian, who joined Cruz Azul on loan from CD Guadalajara in December, is tied for the team lead with four goals scored. Fabian and Corona were both members of the Mexican Under-23 National Team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. That squad was managed by current Cruz Azul head coach Luis Fernando Tena.

Fans can follow the match online via @SKCGameday on Twitter and visiting SportingKC.com/GameOn.

– Story from Sporting KC

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