PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Diamond Lady Wildcats traveled across state lines to play two Tuesday against the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers and came away with a pair of losses, 11-6 and 12-1, at Cheryl Stice Field within the Don Gutteridge Sports Complex.
In the 11-6 contest, Colgan busted out to a 5-0 lead after four runs in the first and one in the second, Diamond scored one in the third and one in the fourth for a 5-2 score, Colgan scored four unanswered — highlighted by three in the fifth — to go back up 9-2, Diamond rattled the bats for four in the sixth, and Colgan finished off the scoring with two in the sixth.
The teams combined for 22 hits overall — Colgan 12, Diamond 10 — but the Lady Wildcats committed four errors and walked four Colgan hitters to create even more scoring opportunities for the Lady Panthers. Both teams left behind five runners.
Lauryn Macy, Alyssa Wright, Lexi Bridges, and Elle Hall each led Diamond with two hits and Hadyn Russow and Madi Bentley rounded out the hit parade with one each. Both of Macy’s hits went for doubles and Russow and Wright each got into the two-bagger act with one double apiece.
Macy, Bridges, and Hall each collected RBI. Russow, Wright, Bentley, McKaley Greninger, Bridges, and Lesli Watson each cross home plate.
Bentley took the loss in the circle, allowing 11 runs (six earned) on 12 hits over six innings with three strikeouts and four walks.
The second half of the doubleheader proved not to be as kind to Diamond as the first half, as Colgan scored four in the first and six in the fifth with two in between for a run-rule victory. The Lady Wildcats scored their single run in the fifth.
Diamond threw a couple different arms in the second game. Marli Rowe took the loss and she allowed nine runs (all earned) on 11 hits over four innings with one strikeout and two walks.
Bridges’ solo homer provided the lone run and main highlight for the Lady Wildcats. Rowe and Grace Irwin each led the way with two hits and Chasten and Russow each added one single.
Diamond moved to 2-2 on the season entering their game Wednesday at home against Galena, a game originally scheduled for Friday. The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to open Southwest Conference play Thursday against Marionville.