Tuesday's sports in brief
Swathers sweep VikingsLINDSBORG — The Hesston High School softball team claimed a pair of wins Friday at Smoky Valley in Central Kansas League play.Hesston won the first game 3-1 and the second game 9-4.In the first game, Aubrey Denno pitched for the win, allowing a run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.Denno went two for three hitting. Abby Shirley and Alex Deegan each drove in a run.In the second game, Hesston had to overcome nine errors. Down 4-3, Hesston scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning and added two more runs in the sixth inningDenno pitched 4 2-3 innings of relief for the win, allowing no runs, two hits, no walks and striking out six. Danika Good started the game, allowing one earned run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout.Darian Gonzalez drove in three runs for the Swathers. Jordan Shirley went two for four with an RBI. Abby Shirley and Denno each drove in a run.Hesston is 7-5 overall and in CKL play. The Swathers play today at Ellinwood in a non-league twinbill.Larks drop three gamesHESSTON — The Hesston College baseball team dropped three games to Longview Community College during the weekend in Hesston.Saturday, Hesston lost 12-0 and 9-4. Sunday, Hesston lost 12-3.The first game was called after five innings on the 10-run rule.Joe Smith took the loss for Hesston. Tyler Huelsman closed. Tyler Patty had Hesston’s sole hit of the game.In the second game Saturday, Longview jumped out to a 9-0 lead, giving up four runs in the bottom of the seventh.Andrew Pina went three for three hitting for Hesston, driving in a run. Tatsuzo Baba went two for four. Smith drove in two runs.Patty took the loss for Hesston, striking out seven in 3 2-3 innings.In Sunday’s game, Longview led 11-0, giving up three runs in the bottom of the seventh.Baba drove in all three runs for Hesston. Preston Hornbeck went two for four hitting.Hesston is 19-17 and hosts Barton County Community College at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.HC softball team wins 4HESSTON — The Hesston Colllege softball team claimed four wins in recent play.Friday at home, Hesston downed Cloud County Community College 6-5 and 10-2. The second game was called after five innings on the eight-run rule.Monday, Hesston downed the Sterling College junior varsity 10-0 in five innings and 5-0.In Friday’s first game, Erin Albrecht pitched the win, allowing 11 hits, five runs, one walk and six strikeouts.Kaity Wills went two for three hitting for the Larks, hitting a home run and driving in two runs. Emily Wagner Davis also drove in two runs. Hayley Gately drove in a run.In Friday’s second game, Gately went two for three with a grand slam home run and a two-run double. Newton High grad Olivia Miller went two for two with an RBI. Ashlyn Knepp also went two for three. Brooke Beckerman drove in a run.Morgan Atkinson went the distance pitching for the win, allowing one earned run on 10 hits with three strikeouts.Stats for Monday’s games were not posted at press time.Hesston is 19-27 and plays 5 p.m. Thursday at the Friends University junior varsity. Hesston opens NJCAA Division II, District D playoofs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dodge City Community College in a best-of-three series. The winner advances to the quarterfinals May 5 at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.BC finishes weekend 1-3LEAVENWORTH — The Bethel College softball team is heading into the final week of its first regular season after a 1-3 weekend.Saturday at McPherson, Bethel lost 4-0 and 10-4. Sunday at Saint Mary, Bethel won the first game 8-0 and lost the second game 10-2.In the first game, McPherson scored a run in the first inning, a run in the second inning and two runs in the fifth. Allison Love pitched the distance for McPherson, allowing eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Rachel Unruh took the loss for Bethel, allowing four runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.Sadie Green and Janie Gunther each had solo home runs for the Bulldogs. Amanda Baxter went two for three with two RBIs. Green and Kristen Gustafson also went two for three at the plate.For Bethel, Victoria Roberts went two for four hitting. Bethel left eight runners on base.In the second game, Bethel led 2-1 going into the bottom of the third inning, but McPherson broke the game open with a seven-run inning.Kaci Nichols pitched six innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. Brittany Cole pitched the seventh inning.Kelly Toll took the loss for Bethel, allowing eight runs, two earned, on six hits with four walks and a strikeout. Unruh finished the game, allowing one earned run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts.Ariel McGee went three for three hitting for McPherson, hitting a home run and driving in three runs. Katie Logan went two for four. McKenna Deckard and Kelly Custer each drove in two runs.For Bethel, Sarah Cunningham went two for three with an RBI. Kylee Gragg went two for four with an RBI. Staci DeWild drove in two runs.In Sunday’s first game, Unruh pitched a three-hit win, allowing no walks and striking out four. Victoria Topliker took the loss for the Spires, allowing five earned runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.Mary Sheridan went two for four hitting for Bethel with a home run and three RBIs. Morgan Giffin went two for four with an RBI. Victoria Roberts drove in two runs.The second game was called after five innings on the eight-run rule. Saint Mary scored in every inning.Steeli Norton pitched for the win for the Spires, allowing no earned runs on three hits with a strikeout. Toll took the loss for Bethel, allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits with a walk and a strikeout. Unruh finished the game, allowing two runs on a hit with a walk and a strikeout.Toplikar went three for three hitting for Saint Mary, hitting a home run and driving in four runs. Chelsea Cooper went two for two with a home run and three RBIs. Jessica Gridley went two for two. Lani Masoner went two for three with an RBI. Norton went two for four.Bethel is 8-29, 2-12 in KCAC play. Bethel hosts Ottawa at 5 p.m. today at Centennial Park. Ottawa is tied for second in the conference with Friends and is three games behind KCAC leader Bethany with four games remaining.Bethel ends the regular season Saturday at Sterling. Bethel is tied with Sterling for ninth in the conference. The conference tournament begins May 2.Name correctionNewton High School soccer goalkeeper Kelsi Langley was misidentified in the caption of the photo that ran in Friday’s Kansan.Thunder reaches CHL finalsNORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — The Wichita Thunder won back-to-back overtime games to win the Central Hockey League Berry Conference finals in six games over the Texas Brahmas.Saturday at the Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita won 2-1. Chris Chappell scored the game winner 119 seconds into the overtime with assists from Kevin Young and Matt Robinson.Wichita scored in the first period on a power play goal by Daniel Tetrault with an assist from Thomas Beauregard. The 1-0 lead held until, with 7:04 remaining in regulation, Brett Findlay scored with assists from Andrew Lackner and Erik Spady.Wichita outshot Texas 26-21. Adam Russo had 20 saves for Wichita. Brad Fogal had 24 saves for Texas.In game six Monday at the NYTEX Center in North Richland Hills, Matt Robinson scored the game winner 4:44 into the overtime.After a scoreless first period, Wichita led 2-1 after the second period. Chappell scored for Wichita with assists from Matt Summers and Kevin Young on a power play. Texas came right back with a goal by Adam Hogg with assists from Chad Wollard and T.J. Fox. Chris Greene scored for Wichita late in the third period on a short-handed goal with assists from Chappell and Kevin Seibel.Texas tied the game early in the third period on a goal by Brendon Hodge with assists from Findlay and Ross Rouleau.Texas outshot Wichita 34-28. Russo had 32 saves for Wichita. Fogal had 25 saves for Texas.Wichita reached the President’s Cup Finals for the first time since xxxx. Wichita will play the winner of the Turner Conference finals between Missouri and Fort Wayne. Missouri leads that series 3-2. Game six is Tuesday in Fort Wayne. Game seven, if needed, is Thursday in Fort Wayne.The schedule for the President Cup Finals has not been set.