by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC
Kansas City Kansas Community College will close out its home softball schedule this week with three doubleheaders including Sophomore Day Friday.
Swept at Johnson County Tuesday, the Lady Blue Devils will close out Jayhawk Conference play against Independence Thursday at 2 p.m. and then honor their sophomores when they entertain Cottey College Friday at 3 p.m. The home finale will come Sunday against a University of Kansas club team.
Ranked No. 9 nationally, Johnson County (24-5) blanked the Blue Devils 9-0 in the first game and then got a walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the second game 8-6. The losses left KCKCC 16-20 on the season and 10th in the 12-team conference at 6-14,
The Blue Devils boast two of the top five hitters in the Jayhawk. Going into the JCCC doubleheader, Basehor-Linwood freshman Allison Kasick was third in the conference with a .473 batting average with Turner sophomore Kaylynn Stratton fifth at .457.