ACCC softball squad wins one of four games

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Allen County Community College’s softball team is scheduled to play its third doubleheader in as many days this afternoon at home.
The Red Devils have a pair of games against Brown Mackie slated for today starting at 3 p.m.
Allen County had a tough home doubleheader with Johnson County Community College Tuesday, losing both games. The Red Devils lost 5-2 and 9-0.
They went on the road Wednesday and dropped a 3-2 decision to host Kansas City, Kan., Community College. The Red Devils bounced back to nail down a 12-8 win in the second game with the Blue Devils.
Allen County is 12-8 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play and 14-8 in NJCAA Region VI, Division II action. It is 21-25 overall.
Allen County left 10 runners on base in the first game against Kansas City. The Red Devils tied the game up at 2-2 by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Kansas City came up with the go-ahead run in its half of the fifth inning.
Shawna Blakesley hit one of her two doubles in the fourth. She scored when Autumn Lamle doubled.
In the fifth with one gone, Whitney Sullivan singled then stole second and third. Sullivan scored when Jordan Talley reached on an error.
Other hits in the game were a single by Dana Stephenson and a double by Talley.
Jenna Wendt pitched 41⁄3 innings for the loss. She was charged with three runs on three hits, five walks and two hit batters plus she struck out four. Sullivan pitched 12⁄3 innings, allowing one hit, one walk and struck out one.
The Red Devils broke on top in the second game after two scoreless innings. In the third frame, Kristina Popejoy singled and moved around as Kassie Summers reached on an error. With one gone, Stephenson, who was 4-for-5 in the game, smashed through a two-run single.
In the fourth inning, Allen County plated five runs. Summers’s fielder’s choice brought in Lamle then with bases loaded Stephenson tripled. Sullivan had an RBI single.
Allen County led 7-2 when it scored five more runs in the sixth. Sullivan and Talley each had a RBI single in the inning and Blakesley drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Kate Gibson doubled in two runs.
Kansas City battled back late, scoring four runs in the sixth then two more in the seventh.
Brianne Campbell was the ACCC starter and worked 31⁄3 innings before leaving the mound. She gave up two runs on six hits and struck out two. Sullivan pitched 32⁄3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and one hit batter and had one strikeout.
Stephenson had three singles and a triple. Sullivan was also 4-for-5 with four base hits. Talley hit two singles and Gibson doubled. Hitting a single each were Lamle, Popejoy and Terra Woods.
On Tuesday at home, Allen County pitchers gave up four home runs in the two games.
In the 5-2 loss to open the doubleheader, Johnson County’s Christi Cleavinger hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the game. She hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put her team up 4-1.
Allen County had four singles in the game. Three of them came in the first inning to produce a run. Stephenson, Sullivan and Talley were on base when Blakesley had a one-out, RBI sacrifice fly to right field.
Blakesley singled in the fourth and ended up at third on a throwing error. Lamle’s ground-out pushed home the run.
Wendt took the pitching loss. Campbell and Sullivan didn’t have much more luck in the second game.
Cleavinger started the game as she did the first one with a solo home run. Kathleen Bart had a two-run shot in the third.
Stephenson and Talley each had a single for ACCC.