Lady Cubs capture second at Class 2-1A state

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Special to Register/Mike Myer
Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs pose for pictures after claiming the 2009 Kansas Class 2-1A second-place trophy Saturday afternoon in Emporia. The Lady Cubs lost 4-0 to St. Marys in the championship game.
Special to Register/Mike Myer
Bailey Myers slides into a base during a Class 2-1A state tournament game in Emporia over the weekend.

EMPORIA — All phases of the game have to work together for a victory and a state championship.
For two games, it all came together for top-seeded Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs at the 2009 Kansas Class 2-1A State Softball Tournament over the weekend in Emporia. Pitching, defense and hitting were at a premium for the Lady Cubs.
A third time was the charm for the Lady Cubs and the prize was the 2009 second-place team trophy. They broke down the first-round wall Friday with a 9-1 win over Dexter/Cedar Vale.
Humboldt went on to defeat Salina Sacred Heart 9-2 in the semifinals Saturday morning.
Saturday afternon, the Lady Cubs were where they wanted to be — in the Class 2-1A softball state championship game. They faced a tradition-rich St. Marys High Lady Bear team.
The Lady Bears held the Lady Cubs’ offense in check, allowing just three singles. St. Marys won the state championship with a 4-0 win over Humboldt.
“My top six batters never struck out in this game. We put the ball in play but right to their defense,” said Brad Piley, Humboldt head coach.
St. Marys scored single runs in the third and fourth innings. It tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh.
“Lenzie Boring pitched three incredible games for us in the state tournament. We played errorless ball in the championship game. Man, it was a great tournament and I’m very proud of the girls.”
Boring who was 16-2 as Humboldt’s top pitcher, allowed 10 hits and struck out six in the title game. Boring and fellow seniors Kelci Owens and Callie Umholtz each had a single.
“Our hitting came through in the first two games,” Boring said. “I felt good throwing in all three games. We just didn’t get the hits in the championship game.”
In the two previous years, Humboldt got bounced in the first round. Not Friday, the Lady Cubs made a 1-0 lead stand for 3 1/2 innings.
They scored five runs to break it open agains Dexter/Cedar Vale.
In the 9-1 game, Boring gave up five hits, walked one and struck out 10. Senior catcher Megan Dillow had two singles, a double and two stolen bases. Boring had two singles and a double.
Melissa Davidson hit two singles. Owens, senior Rachel Gree, Kylee Carson and Taylyn Wells each had a single.
“Our mindset was to get the first game then worry about the next step. We knew we had to win the first game and we focused on it,” Owens said.
“We wanted to win the state tournament but taking second is a good way to end the season and our senior year.”
Focus shifted to Salina Sacred Heart. The Lady Cubs broke the semifinal game open early with a six-run second inning on their way to the 9-2 victory.
Boring threw a three-hitter, walked two batters and recorded another 10 strikeouts. Piley said Hannah McCall set the tone of the game in the first innign with an over-the-head catch in left field.
Humboldt pounded out 16 hits in the game. Dillow and Umholtz each had a double and two singles. Boring and Davidson had two singles each. Owens delivered a single and a double.
Hitting a single each were senior Bailey Myers, Green, Carson and Wells.
“It’s a great feeling to win second at state. As freshmen we were on the third-place team (in Class 3A) and this shows the progress we made as a team,” Boring said.
Piley said the team appreciated the support all year long from parents and the community.
“We had a great crowd out at state and that meant a lot to the girls and coaches,” Piley said.