Red Devils beat elements and ’Hounds

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Home plate touch — Autumn Lamle of Allen County Community College stretches on the slide around Fort Scott Community College’s catcher Tamalei Good to start a six-run fourth inning for the Red Devils. The Red Devils swept Sunday’s home doubleheader against the Greyhounds, winning 14-13 in nine innings and 9-0 in five innings.

Two Jayhawk Eastern Division games at home in frigid but dry weather were important to get in on Sunday. The wind chill factor put the temperature below freezing Sunday afternoon but Allen County Community College’s Red Devils heated things up on the softball diamond.
In the middle of a four-day, two-games-a day romp, the Red Devils wiped out a 7-3 deficit to win the first game 14-13 in nine innings. They then rolled to a 9-0 win over the visiting Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds in five innings.
The doubleheader sweep came against the second-place Greyhounds in Jayhawk Eastern Division play. The Red Devils improved to 5-3 in the East but more importantly went to 7-3 in NJCAA Region VI, Division II action.
Allen County broke a four-game losing skid — it lost two to North Central Missouri on Friday and two to Highland Community College on Saturday — to improve to 14-20 overall. The Red Devils hosted Labette County Community College in a doubleheader this afternoon starting at 2 o’clock.
Sunday’s action saw the Red Devils take a 3-0 lead in the opening game but the Greyhounds tied the game up in the third inning. Tamalei Good hit a two-run home run for the Hounds.
Fort Scott took advantage of two Allen County errors to plate four runs in the fourth.
Allen County struck right back with six runs in its half of the fourth. Autumn Lamle drew a walk and stole second base before moving to third on a ground-out. Terra Woods was hit by a pitch then Dana Stephenson, who was 6-for-6 in the game, singled to drive in a run. Whitney Sullivan and Kristina Popejoy followed suit.
With two gone in the inning, Shawna Blakesley reached on an error. Kate Gibson had a two-run single.
Fort Scott scored in the fifth on a solo home run by Barbara Zernick. ACCC added a run when Woods had a two-out single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Stephenson followed with an RBI single.
The Greyhounds made it 10-9 with a run in the sixth. They took the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Allen County battled back to forge a 13-13 tie with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Stephenson drove in the tying run as ACCC took advantage of two Fort Scott errors.
It was Stephenson delivering her sixth base hit of the game to lead off the ninth. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sullivan, who was the winning pitcher, and stole third base. Popejoy was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Jordan Talley’s fielder’s choice brought in Stephenson for the winning run.
Sullivan and Gibson each had a single and a double. Popejoy, Blakesley and Woods each had a single.
Sullivan got the win in relief of starter Brianne Campbell. Campbell went three innings and was charged with three runs on four hits, two walks and one hit batter. She struck out three. Sullivan pitched six innings, allowed 10 runs on nine hits and one walk and had two strikeouts.
In the second game, Allen County had three two-run home runs over the fence by Gibson, Stephenson and Chalice Schmollinger. Stephenson also had a triple and single in the game. Gibson’s home run came in the a four-run second inning.
Allen County led 5-0 when Stephenson cranked out her homer in the fourth. Gibson doubled in the fifth then Schmollinger drove a pitch over the fence. Schmollinger also had a single.
Blakesley hit two singles. Sullivan and Woods each had a base hit.
Jenna Wendt tossed a three-hitter for the win. She walked three and struck out six.
heartbreIn the first game, Wendt started and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks. Sullivan pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing one run on one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.
Woods had two singles and drove in the only run for ACCC. Gibson doubled. Talley and Blakesley each singled.
Tara Verkuilen hit a two-run home run for North Central Missouri in the third inning of the second game. Sullivan doubled and scored on a one-out single by Talley.
Campbell took the loss, giving up four hits and three walks. Blakesley had a single and a double and Popejoy singled.
Allen County had trouble scoring runs at Highland Saturday losing 7-0 and 7-3. Highland Community College took the Jayhawk East games.
Campbell pitched the first game, allowing nine hits, walking one and striking out five. Lamle doubled while Stephenson, Sullivan and Talley each had a single.
Wendt pitched the second game, giving up eight hits, waling two and striking out three. Lamle delivered a single and a double and Talley had two singles.
Popejoy tripled. Hitting a single each were Sullivan, Blakesley and Woods.