Bethel softball team opens KCAC play with sweep

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan

The Bethel College softball team opened Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a sweep of the Saint Mary Spires on Tuesday afternoon at Allen Wedel Field.

The Threshers won both games 6-5. The games were originally scheduled to be played in Leavenworth, but moved to Bethel. The Threshers were the visiting team.

In the first game, Bethel took a 2-1 lead after five innings. Each team scored four runs in the seventh.

Laura Pineda went 2-for-4 hitting for the Threshers with a home run and four RBIs. Bailea Crist also drove in a run.

Saint Mary was led by Hailey Reece with three hits and two RBIs. Riley Piattoni also drove in two runs. Mara Davis added an RBI.

Skylar Jackson pitched six innings for the Threshers for the win, striking out two. Rachel Duer finished the game.

Shelby Mohler took the loss pitching for Saint Mary, striking out seven in six innings. Sierra Gerdts finished the game.

Bethel trailed the second game 5-2 after five innings, but scored four runs in the top of the seventh.

Emalee Overbay went 4-for-4 hitting with three RBIs. Brianna Reeves went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Karellys Porras went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Piattoni went 2-for-2 hitting for the Spires, driving in three runs. Carmen Cordova and Madisyn Thompson each added an RBI.

Duer pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief for the win, striking out two. Jesse McMichael struck out two in 4 2/3 innings.

Mariela Tinoco took the loss for Saint Mary. Gerdts finished the game.

Saint Mary falls to 5-14, 0-2 in KCAC play.

Bethel is 5-11, 2-0 in the conference, and hosts Oklahoma Wesleyan at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wedel Field.

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First game


St. Mary;000;010;4;—;5;7;2

Mohler (L, 1-1), Gerdts 7 and Dias; Jackson (W, 1-2), Duer 7 and Overbay. HR — BC: Pineda (2).

Second game


St. Mary;002;030;0;—;5;6;3

McMichael, Duer (W, 2-1) 5 and Overbay; Tinoco (L, 2-3), Gerdts 7 and Dias.