OTTAWA — For the third time in KCAC play, the Bethel College softball team dropped a close game and a run-rule loss.
The Threshers fell to Ottawa Wednesday 4-3 in the first game and 10-1 in the second game. The second game was called in five innings.
In the first game, Bethel gave up four runs in the third inning, but scored two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth.
McKenzie King took the loss for Bethel, allowing three earned runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Ottawa's Gabby Markham got the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
Sarah Cunningham and Mary Sheridan each went two for four hitting for Bethel. Sheridan drove in two runs.
Kaylyn Rhodes added an RBI.
For Ottawa, Alyssa Miller and Lydia Budke each went two for three hitting. Budke and Catherine Wallace each drove in a run.
In the second game, Ottawa scored four runs in the first inning and six runs in the third. Bethel's sole run came in the third.
Mariah Ekart was two for three hitting for Bethel. Jennifer Kaufman had the sole RBI.
For Ottawa, Budke was two for two with two RBIs. Darin Lewis was two for three with two RBIs. Miller was three for three with an RBI. Elsa Valenzuela and Savannah Taylor each went two for three with an RBI.
Cunningham took the loss for Bethel. Britani Shrum threw a scoreless inning.
Paige Williams threw four innings for the win, allowing a run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Molli Morgan went one inning, allowing three hits with a strikeout.
Ottawa is 15-14, 5-1 in KCAC play. Bethel falls to 4-15, 0-6 in KCAC play. Bethel plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethany.
Bethel 000 021 0 —3 8 1
Ottawa 004 000 x —4 6 1
King (L, 0-2) and Sheridan; Markham (W, 7-4) and Oliphant. Time — 1:35.
Bethel 001 00 —1 7 1
Ottawa 406 0x —10 12 1
Cunningham (L, 3-6), Shrum 4 and Roberts; Williams (W, 7-3), Morgan 5 and Oliphant. Time — 1:11.
by Chase County
MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School softball team dropped a pair of games to Chase County Tuesday in non-league play.
Moundridge lost the first game 15-0 in four innings and the second game 18-0 in three innings on the 15-run rule.
"This was a tough way to start the season," Moundridge coach Clark Wedel said. "Chase County is very good. They pitched well and hit the ball very well. We only produced three hits on the night. We will have to improve on this offensive output. This is a game that we will need to forget and just move on to the next game."
Moundridge plays Tuesday at rival Sedgwick to open Heart of America League play.
Chase Co. 365 1 —15 16 0
Mound. 000 0 —0 1 7
Potter (W) and Kelscheimer; Wedel (L) and Blouin. HR — CC: Kelscheimer.
Chase Co. 891 —18 15 0
Mound. 000 —0 2 5
Burkhart (W) and Kelscheimer; Knight (L) and Blouin.
MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School baseball team opened the season with a split against Chase County in Moundridge.
Chase County won the first game 5-1. Moundridge won the nightcap 7-6.
In the first game, Chase County scored four runs in the first inning and one in the third. Moundridge scored in the sixth.
Each team had just three hits.
Alec Keller and Kolton Schenker each had an RBI for Chase County.
Schenker went the distance for the win, allowing five walks and 13 strikeouts. Garrett Higgins took the loss for Moundridge, allowing two earned runs, two walks and 11 strikeouts.
In the second game, Moundridge took a 6-2 lead in the first three innings. Chase County scored three runs in the fourth to get within a run. Moudridge scored a run in the fifth and allowed a run in the seventh.
Kyle Stucky went four innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Kyle Huxman finished the game, allowing an unearned run with five walks and four strikeouts.
Cody Conley took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits with six walks and seven strikeouts.
Higgins went two for three hitting with three RBIs. Devin Clark went two for three. Trenton Olson, Huxman and Nick Leddy each drove in a run.
Moundridge plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Sedgwick.
Chase Co. 401 000 0 —5 3 1
Mound. 000 001 0 —1 3 2
Schenker (W) and n/a; Higgins (L) and n/a.
Chase Co. 200 300 1 —6 3 3
Mound. 321 010 x —7 5 5
Conley (L) and n/a; Stucky (W), Huxman (S) 5 and n/a.
Bethel College softball coach Stacy Middleton signed Autumn Lerback of Belle Plaine to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning in the fall.
Lerback played for Oxford High School, where she is a utility player. She was a first-team All-South-Central Border League selection as a junior.
She selected Bethel over Tabor.
"Autumn is a versatile player and is willing to fill any role," Middleton said. "She is solid at the plate and will give us some depth in the outfield."
"I chose Bethel because when I stepped foot on campus it felt like home," Lerback said.
She intends to major in athletic training.
HC signs two
HESSTON — Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland signed RaeLee Hightower of Tulsa, Okla., and Karli Rodriguez of Harker Heights, Texas, to letters of intent to play with the Larks this fall.
Hightower is a 5-foot-9 middle blocker-right side hitter. She played for Tulsa NOAH HomeSchool last season. She is an honorable mention Tulsa All-Metro selection as a senior. She is a two-time team captain.
"I'm excited to watch RaeLee grow as a student-athlete at Hesston College," Cleveland said. "She's an athletic and quick player with a great work ethic."
Hightower intends to major in English at Hesston.
Rodriguez is a 6-foot middle hitter from Harker Heights High School, where she was a second-team all-district selection. She was team team's Heart Award.
"Karli is a dynamic blocker and nothing can get by her at the net," Cleveland said. "Her quickness and athleticism will shut down opponent hitters. She's a great team player and I look forward to seeing her having a positive impact on the court."
Rodriguez is an honor roll student. She intends to major in general studies.