ACCC softball team sweeps Ottawa JV

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Brianne Campbell winds up for her delivery during a home game earlier this season for Allen County Community College. The Red Devils played at Ottawa University Thursday, sweeping a doubleheader with the Ottawa junior varsity.

OTTAWA — Allen County Community College’s softball team pounded out 15 hits to beat host Ottawa University’s junior varsity Thursday. The Red Devils defeated the Lady Braves 13-8 in the first of two games.
In the second game, Allen County only needed six hits to win 4-1. Brianne Campbell held Ottawa JV to just three hits in a complete-game pitching performance. She struck out six.
Jenna Wendt and the Red Devils fell behind 7-2 in the opener. The Red Devils scored twice in the first inning on an error, a double by Kristina Popejoy and a single by Kate Gibson.
Ottawa got one run in the first then added three runs in the second inning and three in the fourth.
The Red Devils connected for seven hits to produce five runs and tie the game in the fifth. The big blow was a two-run double by Terra Woods. Hitting a single in the inning were Kassie Summers, Chalice Schmollinger, Whitney Sullivan, Popejoy, Jordan Talley and Autumn Lamle.
Allen County took the lead in the sixth, scoring four runs on five hits and three Ottawa errors. Ottawa plated a run in its half of the sixth.
The Red Devils’ Summers reached on an error in the top of the seventh. Shawna Blakesley hit an RBI triple then scored on a ground-out by Dana Stephenson.
Wendt pitched six innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits and five walks. She struck out six.
Sullivan came on in relief in the seventh. The Red Devils retired the Lady Braves in order including a strikeout by Sullivan.
Popejoy and Woods each had a single and a double. Hitting two singles each were Talley and Schmollinger and Blakesley tripled. Stephenson, Gibson, Lamle and Summers each had a base hit.
Ottawa scored a run in the first inning of the second game. The 1-0 lead held up until the fifth inning.
Allen County’s Amy Carr drew a walk and Summers reached on an error. Woods singled to load the bases. Stephenson delivered a two-run base hit. Sullivan’s sacrifice fly drove in a run.
The Red Devils added a run in the sixth. Carr was safe after a dropped third strike by Ottawa’s catcher. Summers singled then Woods’ base hit produced the run.
Woods and Gibson each had two singles in the game. Stephenson and Summers had a single apiece.
Allen County is 12-16.
Weather has changed the Red Devils’ weekend schedule. Today’s home doubleheader against Brown Mackie has been postponed without a makeup date.
The Red Devils were to have played at home against Cloud County Saturday. That doubleheader has been moved to April 20.
Next up for the Red Devils will be a home doubleheader Tuesday against Fort Scott. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the ACCC softball field.