Bethel softball?wins first game

WICHITA — The Bethel College softball team won its first game of the season, and suffered two close losses Friday at the McPherson Invitational at the Two Rivers Youth Complex in Wichita.?The Threshers opened with a 10-8 loss to Mid-America Christian, followed by a 6-0 win over Dakota State University and a 6-5 loss to Southwestern Christian University.?Against Mid-America Christian, Bethel took a 5-3 lead after four inning, but gave up four runs in the top of the fifth. Mid-America scored three runs in the top of the seventh and held off a Thresher rally in the bottom of the seventh.?Mary Sheridan went two for three hitting for Bethel, hitting a home run and driving in four runs. Her home run was Bethel’s first of the season. Shiann Wickham was three for four hitting with two runs scored. Kylee Gragg was three for five with two runs scored and an RBI. Sarah Cunningham and Samantha Sheridan each added an RBI.?Kelly Toll took the loss pitching for Bethel. Chelsea Grandstaff closed out the game for the Threshers.?Against Dakota State, Grandstaff tossed a two-hit shutout, allowing four walks with eight strikeouts, tying the school record set last season by Rachel Unruh.?Victoria Roberts went three for three hitting for Bethel with two RBIs. Mary Sheridan went two for four hitting with two RBIs. Lakin Thompson went two for four hitting with an RBI. Becca Bradley drove in a run. Wickham went two for four hitting.?Bethel closed out the day with a loss to Southwestern Christian. Bethel led 3-2 after four inning, but gave up four runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Threshers came back with two runs in the top of the seventh. Mary Sheridan went two for four hitting for Bethel with three RBIs. Cunningham went two for four hitting with two RBIs. Wickham finished two for three hitting. Gragg and Thompson both finished two for four.?Thompson took the loss for Bethel, allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts and no walks.?SCU’s Hilary Kuestersteffen went the distance for the win, allowing no walks with five strikeouts. At the plate, Kuestersteffen was three for three with a home run and two RBIs.?Saturday’s games were rained out.?Bethel is 1-5 and scheduled to host Nebraska Wesleyan at 4 p.m. today in a doubleheader at Athletic Park’s Kelsch Field.

vs. Mid-America Christian

?Mid-Am. 000 340 3 —10 10 0?Bethel 110 310 2 —8 9 3

?Tinney (W, 1-3), Wolf (S, 1) 6 and n/a; Toll (L, 0-2), Grandstaff 5 and M.Sheridan. HR — BC: M.Sheridan (1).?vs. Dakota State

?Dak.St. 000 000 0 —0 2 2?Bethel 011 013 x —6 12 2

?Dakota State battery not listed; Grandstaff (W, 1-0) and M.Sheridan.?vs. Southwestern Christian

?Bethel 003 002 0 —5 11 4?SW Chr. 001 140 x —6 11 3

?Thompson (L, 0-2) and M.Sheridan; Kuestersteffen (W, 1-7) and Daniel. HR — SC: Kuestersteffen (1).

BC men win?two matches

The Bethel College men’s tennis team won a pair of dual meets in recent days. March 5, Bethel beat Central Christian College 7-2. Friday, Bethel beat John Brown University 8-1.?Individual match results were not listed.?The Bethel men are 3-0 in dual meets this season and play NCAA Division II Newman at 1 p.m. today in Wichita.

Bethel women?win shutouts

The 24th-ranked (NAIA) Bethel College women’s tennis team is back to .500 after a pair of wins last week at home.?March 5, Bethel shutout Central Christian College 9-0. Friday, Bethel blanked John Brown University 9-0.?Individual match results were not listed.?Bethel is 2-2 and plays at 1 p.m. today in Wichita against NCAA Division II Newman University.

HC finishes?week 4-1

HESSTON — The Hesston College baseball team finished the week 4-1.?Wednesday, Hesston split with Dodge City Community College on the road, losing the first game 12-2 and winning the second game 14-5. In the first game, Dodge City’s Parker Jones went three for four with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. Croix Sedillo added a home run. Hesston was held to four hits by Dodge City starter Chase Wilson. Jesse Yoder took the loss for Hesston.?In the second game, Hesston’s Brandon Kutrubs went the distance for the win, allowing eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Seth Davenport went two for three hitting with two home runs and five RBIs. Devin Word went two for four hitting with a home run and five RBIs. Cody King went three for four hitting with an RBI. Dodge City’s Shay Lynes hit a home run and drove in three runs.?Thursday, Hesston downed the Bethany College junior varsity 15-0 in six innings. Joshua Crisco went the distance for Hesston for the shutout win, allowing one hit and striking out six. Davenport went three for five hitting with three runs scored and three RBIs. Preston Hornbeck went two for two with three runs scored. Nick Carrell went three for four with an RBI and two runs scored. Steve Gonzalez went three for four with two RBIs.?Friday, Hesston beat the Kansas Wesleyan junior varsity 5-1 and 8-2. In the first game, Dustin King went six innings for the win, allowing an unearned run on five hits with three strikeouts. Alex Hart finished the game, striking out one. Hesston was outhit 5-4. Gonzalez drove in two runs.?In the nightcap, Jordan Gray went the distance for Hesston, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Nick Yoder went two for four hitting with two RBIs. Stefon Griddine went two for three hitting with a run scored and an RBI. Davenport, Word and Jarrett Wolf each added an RBI.?Hesston plays a single game against Iowa Central Community College at 2 p.m. today. Monday’s scores against Iowa Central were not posted at press time.

vs. Dodge City?First game

?Hesston 200 000 —2 4 5?Dodge C. 214 302 —12 13 2

?J.Yoder (L), Bratton 4, Carrell 6 and Baba; Wilson (W), Hobgood 6 and Koepp. HR — DC: Jones 2, Sedillo.?Second game

?Hesston 352 202 0 —14 9 0?Dodge C. 100 400 0 —5 8 0

?Kutrubs (W) and n/a; Fox (L), Stoup 2, Schuler 3, Rusk 5, Parker 7 and Lacyo. HR — HC: Davenport 2, Word. DC: Lynes.?vs. Bethany JV

?Bethany 000 000 —0 1 4?Hesston 322 315 —15 18 1

?Fyler (L), DeAnda 5 and n/a; Crisco (W) and n/a.?vs. Kansas Wesleyan JV?First game

?Kan.Wes. 000 001 0 —1 5 3?Hesston 112 011 x —7 4 3

?Fry (L), Story 4, McNown 6 and LeBlanc; Hesston battery n/a.?Second game

?Kan.Wes. 101 000 0 —2 4 2?Hesston 410 300 x —8 8 1

?Hershberger (L), Trujillo 3, McNown 6 and LeBlanc; Gray (W) and n/a.

HC softball?team 1-2

CONCORDIA — The Hesston College softball team finished the week 1-2.?Wednesday at Sterling, Hesston fell to the Friends junior varsity 10-2 in five innings. The Larks were held to four hits. Erin Albrecht took the loss. Hayley Gately pitched the fifth inning.?Thursday at Concordia, Hesston split with Cloud County Community College, losing the first game 2-0 and winning the second game 6-5 in 12 innings.?In the first game, Hesston again was held to four hits. Albrecht took the loss for Hesston, allowing six hits and striking out three.?In the second game, Hesston led 2-0 through six innings, but gave up two runs in the seventh to force extra innings. Each team scored a run in the ninth and two runs in the 11th. Hesston used a pair of sacrifice bunts in the top of the 12th to regain the lead. In the bottom of the 12th, Cloud County’s tie-breaker runner was called out for leaving base early. Two ground outs ended the game.?Gately pitched 11 innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on 12 hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Albrecht pitched the bottom of the 12th for the save. Gately went two for four hitting with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBIs. Mo Brenneman went two for four with an RBI. Ashlyn Knepp and Alyssa Gustafson each added an RBI. Bre Nevil went three for five hitting. Carlie Miller went two for four hitting.?Hesston is 1-4, 1-1 in NJCAA Division II, Region VI play. The Larks play noon Sunday at Highland Community College.

vs. Friends JV

?Hesston 000 20 —2 4 3?Friends 430 12 —10 12 1

?Albrecht (L), Gately 5 and Nevil; Westemeir (W) and McNeil.?vs. Cloud County CC?First game

?Hesston 000 000 0 —0 4 0?Cloud Co. 010 001 x —2 6 0

?Albrecht (L) and Nevil; Jones (W) and Keplar. HR — CC: Downard.?Second game

?HC 100 010 001 021 —6 12 3?CC 000 000 201 020 —5 12 1

?Gately (W), Albrecht (S) 12 and Nevil; Luke (L) and Bryant. HR — HC: Gately 2. CC: Eason.

Wild wins?CPIFL opener

TULSA, Okla. — The Wichita Wild rolled through the inaugural game of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League with a 70-26 win over the Oklahoma Defenders Saturday in Tulsa.?Wichita led 40-13 at the half. The offense scored on all but one possession.?Wild quarterback Rocky Hinds hit 11 of 15 passes for 172 yards and six touchdowns. Backup Nick Hardesty hit two of four passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. Joe Kassanavoid caught four passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Hemphill caught three passes for 15 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Murph and Jarell Kelley each added a touchdown pass.?Tywon Hubbard rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns. Hinds had two carries for 16 yards and a touchdown.?Kicker Alex Fambrough hit one of two field goal attempts and seven of 10 PAT kicks.?Anthony Smith led the Wichita defense with six solo and one assisted tackle. Bethel grad James McCartney had a solo and an assisted tackle, both quarterback sacks. The Wichita defense forced four turnovers. The offense committed none.?Oklahoma quarterback Rico Watkins hit 19 of 30 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns. Juan Redmon had three catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Patrick Jones and KingJack Washington each caught a touchdown pass. Oklahoma was held to 34 yards rushing.?Wichita plays at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina against the Salina Bombers. It will be the debut game for the first-year franchise.