by Alan Hoskins
Leslie Ford’s perfect game highlighted Kansas City Kansas Community College’s sweep at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., Tuesday.
Ford pitched the Lady Blue Devils to a 13-0 win and Elizabeth Seimears followed up with a 5-hit shutout in a 17-0 rout in pair of 5-inning games.
The two wins boosted the Blue Devils’ overall record to 24-8 heading into a doubleheader at No. 12 ranked Highland Wednesday before they return home to host Cloud County Friday at 2-4 p.m. and Brown Mackie Saturday at noon-2 p.m.
Ford struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced in Tuesday’s opening win while Seimears fanned seven in her 5-hitter in the nightcap.
Lacey Santiago doubled and tripled and drove in four runs; Amanda Holroyd doubled and tripled to drive in two to pace a 12-hit KCKCC attack in the opener.
Megan Dike added a double and single, Laura Vanderheiden two singles and Hanna Barnhart a double for the Blue Devils.
Santiago and Holroyd sandwiched their triples around Justice Scales single for a 2-0 lead in the first and Santiago’s 3-run double in the second following hits by Ford and Vanderheiden made it 6-0.
The final seven runs came in the fourth in an uprising that included back-to-back doubles by Mierra Morisette, Holroyd and Barnhart and a single and double by Dike. Morisette drove in six runs in the second game, three on a home run and two on a double in a 13-run fourth inning.
Holroyd also had a two-run homer and single in the inning while Barnhart, Scales and Santiago each had a double and single in the uprising.
The 12-hit inning also included a run-scoring double by Dike and two-run double by Henigton.