Lady Cubs capture Friederich Memorial

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Humboldt High’s Kelci Owens (1) slides in under the tag of Iola High catcher Kylie Taylor during the teams’ first-round game of the Lindsey Friederich Memorial Softball Tournament Friday at Yates Center. Humboldt beat Iola 8-2 on its way to a second straight tournament championship.
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Yates Center High’s Tia Green drops down a bunt in the Wildcats’ opening-round game against Neodesha. Yates Center finished fourth in the Lindsey Friederich Memorial tournament it hosted

YATES CENTER — Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs was the class of the field at the 2009 Lindsey Friederich Memorial Softball Tournament.
On Friday, the Lady Cubs gave up just two runs in 11 innings of softball . After getting past Iola High’s Fillies 8-2 in the first round, the Lady Cubs blitzed Neodesha High’s Bluestreaks 14-0 in four innings for the championship.
“Winning the Lindsey Friederich Memorial Tournament means a lot to us. I had the privilege of coaching Lindsey in softball, she was very special,” said Brad Piley, Humboldt head coach.
Friederich lost her battle with cancer several years ago. The tournament named in her honor is co-hosted by Humboldt and Yates Center, switching each year between the schools.
Neodesha powered past host Yates Center 18-7 in the opening round.
Iola’s Fillies rolled over Yates Center 25-4 in the consolation game for third place. The Fillies won the tournament in 2006 and 2007.
The Lady Cubs made it two years in a row as champions. Humboldt also stayed undefeated, 12-0, for the season.
Humboldt scored four runs in the first inning against Neodesha. The Lady Cubs were up 7-0 going into the fourth inning where they plated seven runs to put the game away via the run-rule.
Lenzie Boring threw a one-hit, shutout for the Lady Cubs. She did not walk anyone and she struck out eight.
Hannah McCall and Rachel Green each had two doubles for Humboldt. Megan Dillow, Kelci Owens and Boring each had two singles.
Callie Umholtz doubled and hit a home run. Bailey Myers singled. Melissa Davidson connected for a single and a double.
Humboldt broke open a close game late with Iola. The Lady Cubs scored in the first inning when Owens singled and two errors allowed her to come home.
The Fillies tied it up in dramatic fashion in the third. With one gone, Jenna Sigg cranked out a solo home run over the center field fence.
Iola took the lead with a run in the fourth. Molly Riebel doubled with one out and scored on a single by Morgan Buchholz.
Iola had eight errors defensively behind Alex Hill on the mound. Two errors put two Lady Cubs on base in the fifth inning and Dillow made the Fillies pay for it. Dillow hit a two-run triple and scored on a double by Owens, who scored on a single by Umholtz.
“Alex pitched a tough loss, battling through eight errors by our defense. That’s very uncharacteristic for our team,” said Vince Coons, Fillies’ head coach.
“The layoff of a couple of weeks because of weather definitely showed.”
Coons said five of Iola’s errors occurred when Humboldt was in the bottom of its batting order. He said Humboldt did a good job of moving runners around to score.
Iola left 10 runners stranded in the game.
Humboldt tacked on three runs in the sixth for the final margin.
Boring got the win for the Lady Cubs. She allowed nine hits and had nine strikeouts. Hill gave up 10 hits, walked two and struck out five for Iola.
Owens was credited with a single and a double while Umholtz and Green had two singles each. Dillow tripled. Hitting a single each were Davidson, Kylee Carson and Taylyn Wells.
“Iola is a quality team and to get a win from them helps our program,” Piley said.
Sigg had the home run. Buchholz and Megan Cook each had two singles. Riebel doubled. Lyndsi Faulhaber, Kylie Taylor and Leah Weir each hit a single.
“I gave the ladies some rein and they took off in the second game. They kept the pressure on Yates Center throughout five innings,” Coons said.
Yates Center got on the board first. Maggie German and Kassy Reynolds had singles and an Iola error allowed German to score.
The Wildcat lead didn’t last long. The Fillies used 10 hits to score 12 runs in the second inning. It was highlighted by a three-run home run by Taylor.
Iola added two runs in the third for a 14-1 lead. Then came the fifth inning.
The Fillies pounded out nine more hits, six of which were doubles. Two of those doubles were by Weir as Iola scored 11 runs.
Yates Center scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. With two gone, Reynolds was hit by a pitch, Sabra Aguirre reached on an error and Tia Green doubled. Another Iola error allowed the runs to score.
Hill was the winning pitcher as she worked four innings. She allowed one run on six hits and struck out eight.
Breail Thompson pitched one inning, allowing three runs on one hit and one hit batter. Iola had five errors.
Jessica Grisier pitched for Yates Center, surrendering 22 hits, walking three and striking out four
Weir and Shelby Greenwood were 4-for-5 at the plate for Iola with two singles and two doubles each. Riebel had two doubles and a single.
Taylor, who drove in five runs, had a single and a home run. Codi Ellis hit a single and a double as did Brandi Preston. Amanda Carr and J. Sigg had two singles each. Buchholz singled.
Riebel, Ellis and Weir each had three RBIs.
For Yates Center, Green connected for a double. Hitting a single each were German, Drew Spencer, Reynolds, Aguirre, Daryeann Estes and Jessica Hartwig.
Grisier pitched for Yates Center against Neodesha. No details on that game were available to the Register.