By Rusty Whitcher
The past weekend summed up the season for the Hesston College softball team as it’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs.
The Larks garnered a split of weekend action, sweeping Fort Scott Community College on April 15 before falling to No. 19 Johnson County Community College on April 16.
In the first game of the weekend action, Hesston won going away, 9-5 as Jerrica Brown rewrote the record book for the Larks with one swing. Brown hit a two-run home run giving her both the single season home run record and single season RBI record.
Game two saw the Lark offense pound out 15 hits in a 14-4 run rule victory, with Ally Steiner’s 4-for-4 performance leading the way. Both Dakoda Lee and Riley Hannemann pitched complete games for the Larks.
“Our pitching effort was outstanding,” Head Coach Andrew Sharp said. “Everybody had at least a hit in game two, and it was a balanced effort.”
A very short turnaround saw the Larks taking on the Cavaliers the following day. While the pitching was there, the offense was stymied as Hesston fell 1-0 and 2-1 to the nationally-ranked Cavaliers.
Lee did her very best to keep the Johnson County offense at bay, allowing just six hits and one earned run. However, the Larks could only muster three hits in the first game during the shutout.
Hannemann tried to match Lee’s effort in the second game. She allowed just three hits but walked four.
Again the Larks offense fell short, this time with only two hits in the second game with Alicia Ramirez driving in Hesston’s only run on a double.
“We pitched extremely well,” Sharp said. “Dakoda was around the plate the entire time. Our defense did quite well and they really played hard. Game two was kind of the same story as Riley was outstanding. We had a little something going in the sixth inning with the tying run at second but weren’t able to sneak it across.”
Hesston will wrap up the regular season on Thursday, April 21 with a doubleheader against Cloud County Community College at 4 p.m. before a break as the Region VI playoffs begin on Saturday, April 30.