Lady Cubs cruise to 2-1A regional title

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Courtesy photo/Mike Myer
Three-time Kansas Class 2-1A Regional Softball Champions are Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs. They beat Uniontown 10-0 in front of a home crowd Tuesday for the 2009 regional title. Members of the team are left to right, front row, Kindahl Young, Hannah Fiene, Melissa Davidson, Taylyn Wells, Hannah McCall, Miranda Myer; back row, assistant coach David Taylor, Rachel Green, Callie Umholtz, Bailey Myers, Kelci Owens, Lenzie Boring and head coach Brad Piley.
Courtesy photo/Mike Myer
Humboldt High’s Megan Dillow (12) hammers the softball for a three-run triple during Tuesday’s Class 2-1A regional softball tournament championship game at Humboldt. Catching for Uniontown High’s Eagles is Jessica Harrison. Humboldt defeated Uniontown 10-0 in five innings for the title and a trip to another Class 2-1A state tournament.

HUMBOLDT — It’s a third straight Kansas Class 2-1A Regional Softball Tournament championship for Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs.
Humboldt rolled past Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats 12-2 in Tuesday’s semifinal. The Lady Cubs clamped down on a third championship trophy and another trip to state by pushing past Uniontown High’s Eagles 10-0 in the championship game.
Uniontown had powered past Altoona-Midway 17-7 in a semifinal game Tuesday. Then it turned around to play Humboldt, which hosted the regional tournament at Manion Field.
“Megan and Lenzie both pitched well for us. I’m proud of our girls for making the adjustments we had to make because of injuries,” said Brad Piley, Humboldt head coach.
Megan Dillow and Lenzie Boring are Humboldt’s senior pitchers. Dillow gave up five hits and one walk in the Lady Cubs’ win over Marmaton Valley. She had five strikeouts.
Boring threw a no-hit shutout in the championship game. She waled two batters and recorded nine strikeouts.
The Lady Cubs will make their sixth appearance in a state tournament in the past seven years. Three were at the Class 3A state tournament at which Humboldt took third in 2006,
The Lady Cubs will travel to Emporia for the state tournament in Emporia for the third time.
The tournament is May 29-30 but brackets have yet to be set.
Humboldt scored seven runs in the first inning of the regional title game. The Lady Cubs added a run in the second and two more in the fourth.
The game was through in five innings because of a run rule.
“The Humboldt pitcher was overpowering and was the best pitcher we’ve faced this season,” said Uniontown head coach Alan Shinn.
Uniontown finished its second season of competitive high school softball at 11-7.
“We had a good season and were the Three Rivers League champions at 7-1. We want to continue to improve even more next year so that we can be more competitive against teams like Humboldt.”
In the championship game, Humboldt’s offense was led by Dillow with a triple and two singles as she drove in three runs. Bailey Myers had three stolen bases and hit two singles and a double. Boring had a double and two singles.
Taylyn Wells connected for two singles. Kelci Owens and Hannah McCall each had a single.
Ithaca Marlier, who was 5-4 as a starting pitcher, took the loss for the Eagles. She issued one walk and struck out two.
Semifinal games
Humboldt led Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats 3-0 after the first inning. The Lady Cubs plated eight runs and added one run in the fifth.
“We did hit the ball against Humboldt. I was proud of the girls. We just didn’t make some routine plays which Humboldt took advantage of,” said Brenda Mills, Marmaton Valley’s head coach.
Maggie Meiwes pitched two innings and Shelby Norman three innings for the Wildcats. Combined they issued just three walks. Meiwes recorded two strikeouts.
Meiwes doubled for Marmaton Valley. Hitting a single each were Jamee McEndree, Michelle Heskett, Cheyanne Miller and Kayla McNutt.
“We have to work to be fundamentally better defensively,” Mills said. Marmaton Valley loses one senior, Alisa Stroud, from the team.
The Wildcats were 3-14 overall.
Humboldt was paced by Owens with four base hits and four stolen bases. Melissa Davidson had three singles while Callie Umholtz and Myers each had two singles.
Dillow cranked out two triples. Boring tripled and McCall doubled. Kylee Carson had a single.
Carson suffered a sprained ankle during the tournament. Boring pitched the title game with a jammed finger on her pitching hand. The Lady Cubs were playing without Rachel Green, who was injured in a car crash over the weekend.
Uniontown blasted 19 hits in its 17-7 win over Altoona-Midway High’s Lady Jets. The Eagles led 4-2 in the third.
They exploded for six runs in the fourth. The Eagles added three runs each in the fifth and sixth innings and produced a run in the seventh.
Tayler Shook (6-3) was the winning pitcher for Uniontown. She allowed six hits, walked six and hit two batters. She also recorded nine strikeouts.
Rayma Ridge delivered a home run and a single for the Eagles. Shook had a triple and two singles. Heather Schnichels, Uniontown’s lone senior on the team, Jessie Camac and Tiffany Poyner each had three singles.
Candice Clayton had a triple and a single. Audrey Dixon hit two singles and Megan Schnichels had a base hit.