Red Devils split games with N.C. Missouri

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Allen County Community College’s Red Devils softball team played its home opener for the 2009 season. It came a day later than scheduled thanks to Mother Nature.
Saturday’s doubleheader with Iowa Central Community College was canceled because of snow.
But the Red Devils hit the ACCC softball diamond Sunday hosting North Central Missouri College of Trenton, Mo. They drew a split in the doubleheader.
After falling 8-4 in the first game, the Red Devils came right back and claimed a 10-1 win in five innings. In both games, the Red Devils connected for 13 hits.
Freshman Brianne Campbell threw a three-hitter for her first pitching victory for the Red Devils. She struck out five Lady Pirate batters and did not issue a walk.
The only blemish on Campbell’s outing was a solo home run. It came off the bat of Tara Verkuilen in the top of the second inning.
But by that time, Allen County had four runs of its own. The Red Devils used singles by Dana Stephenson, Whitney Sullivan and Shawna Blakesley and a fielder’s choice by Kristina Popejoy to start the scoring. The four-run first inning was finished off by a home run by Kate Gibson.
Allen County had a two-out rally in the second to score three runs, taking a 7-1 lead. Four more singles and a sacrifice bunt by Amy McAfee produced three runs in the fourth inning.
In the game, Gibson connected for two singles and the home run while Sullivan and Blakesley each had two base hits and a double. Stephenson and Popejoy had two singles each.
North Central Missouri held a 5-0 lead after two innings in the first game. Allen County cut the lead down by scoring three runs in the third.
The Lady Pirates plated three runs in the fifth while holding the Red Devils to one run.
Freshman Jenna Wendt took the pitching loss for ACCC. Wendt allowed eight hits, walked three and hit one batter. She also recorded six strikeouts.
Sullivan cranked out a double and a triple while Blakesley had a single and a double. Hitting two singles each were Popejoy, Gibson and McAfee.
Chalice Schmollinger, Terra Woods and Jordan Talley each had a base hit.
Allen County (2-8) is on the road today for a Jayhawk Eastern Division doubleheader at Coffeyville.
Allen County hosts Cottey College at 2 p.m. Thursday.