Wednesday's sports in brief
Swather netters win home tourneyHESSTON — The Hesston High School red squad won the team title of the 11-team Hesston Invitational Tuesday.The Swathers scored 104 points, followed by Conway Springs with 84, Hutchinson Trinity at 81 and Smoky Valley at 74.Quinn Dipple of Smoky Valley won the singles title over Hesston’s Keegan LeFevre 8-0 in the finals. Dipple won all four of his matches 8-0.Collin Martin of Hesston red took third.For the Hesston black team, Jacob Penner took 10th and J.D. Hershberger took 14th.In doubles play, Hutchinson Trinity downed Central Plains 8-3 in the finals.For Hesston red, Dean Dalhsten and Peter Jensen finished fourth. Cole Burnside and Adam Ferguson finished 11th.For Hesston black, Wesley Wilder and Isaac Penner took 12th and Zachary Baldauf and Nolan Casimir placed 17th.“I am obviously pleased to have won our own invite,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “All of our kids contributed, and I was pleased to see that. We have some work to do, but I am confident the kids will give a great effort next week.”Hesston plays in the Central Kansas League Tournament at 9 a.m. Monday in Hillsboro.Moundridge softball team sweepsBENNINGTON — The Moundridge High School softball team claimed a pair of wins Tuesday at Bennington, winning 6-0 and 8-3.In the first game, Abby Flickner pitched for the win, allowing five hits, two walks and five strikeouts.Flickner also hit a home run in the game. Chelsea Critchfield went two for two hitting.In the second game, Hope Wedel went 6 2-3 innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.Moundridge hosts Canton-Galva at 4:30 p.m. Friday.Wildcats split with BenningtonBENNINGTON — The Moundridge High School baseball team split a doubleheader Tuesday at Bennington in Heart of America League play.Moundridge won the first game 4-1 and lost the second game 3-2.“Cooper Wedel pitched a great game (in the first game),” Moundridge coach Lynn Eichelberger said. “He had good control and he hit his spots very well. Most importantly, he gave up no walks. Defensively, it was the best game we have played this year. We got enough timely hits to get the win.“(The second game) was a pitcher's duel. Shawn Wadley had another good outing but we gave him no run support. Shawn pitched well enough to win. We had a couple of errors in the seventh inning that let Bennington tie the score and eventually win the game.”In the first game, Wedel went the distance, allowing an unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts. Nathan Komerak took the loss for Bennington. Wedel went two for four hitting with an RBI. Shelby Sparks, Todd Beyer and Kyle Huxman each brought in a run.In the second game, Wadley took the loss, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with one walks and seven strikeouts. Alex McKenna got the win for Bennington, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.Derek Stanley went four for four hitting for Bennington.Moundridge hosts Canton-Galva at 4:30 p.m. Friday.