Red Devils win three in a row

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Kristina Popejoy had seven hits in four games, including two solo home runs, for the Red Devils over the weekend. The Red Devil softball team went 3-1 on the road at Hutchinson and Hesston.

HESSTON — After losing a game in extra innings on a four-game road trip this weekend, Allen County Community College’s Red Devil softball team bounced back to win three straight games.
All four games were NJCAA Region VI, Division II contests. The Red Devils are now 5-1 in region play.
Allen County improved to 3-1 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play and 10-16 overall.
They travel to Kansas City, Kan., Community College Tuesday.
The Red Devils lost 8-7 to host Hutchinson Community College in nine innings. The Red Devils had a 7-4 lead after five innings but the Blue Dragons scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie it up and force extra innings.
Hutchinson used a walk, an intentional walk and two singles to produce the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Jenna Wendt took the loss as she allowed 13 hits, walked five and struck out 10.
Allen County has 11 hits in the game. Whitney Sullivan and Jordan Talley connected for a single and a double each while Dana Stephenson and Kassie Summers had two singles apiece.
Autumn Lamle cranked out a solo home run in the fifth inning. Kristina Popejoy and Terra Woods had a single each.
Allen County turned the tables to win 13-4 in six innings in the second game at Hutchinson on Friday.
Brianne Campbell gave up 11 hits and had six strikeouts as the winning pitcher. Kate Gibson delivered two home runs — a three-run one in a seven-run first inning and a two-run home run in the sixth. She also had a single in the game.
Popejoy led off the sixth inning with a solo home run plus had two singles. Talley hit three singles and Sullivan had two singles. Stephenson has a single and a double. Lamle and Woods had a double apiece and Amy Carr had a base hit.
Allen County led 7-2 after one inning and was up 9-3 through three innings. Hutchinson scored a run in the fifth to make it 9-4 then Allen County struck for four runs in the sixth.
Campbell struck out the side in the sixth to close the game.
The Red Devils were in Hesston Saturday for a doubleheader. They swept the pair, 12-3 and 7-3.
Wendt was the winning pitcher in the first game, going four innings. She allowed three runs on four hits and five walks and struck out nine. Sullivan closed it out, pitching two innings of scoreless ball, giving up one hit and striking out three.
Allen County was led by Stephenson at the plate with three singles and a two-run triple coming in a five-run third inning.
Sullivan and Talley each hit three singles. Popejoy doubled and singled. Chalice Schmollinger and Woods had two singles apiece and Gibson hit a single.
The Red Devils scored single runs in the first, third and fifth inning to lead Hesston 3-0 in the second game. Behind the pitching of Campbell, Allen County won 7-3.
Popejoy touched off a four-run sixth with a solo home run. Talley, Gibson and Lamle followed with singles. Carr drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Summers and Woods had RBI singles.
Campbell had held Hesston to two hits through six innings. Hesston used three hits and an Allen County error to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Campbell recorded five strikeouts while walking won in the game. She is 5-5 on the season while Wendt is 3-6.
Woods had two singles in the game. Popejoy had the home run while Stephenson, Talley, Gibson, Lamle and Summers had one single each.
Allen County was without the services of freshman infielder Shawna Blakesley on the road trip. Blakesley was out because of illness but should be back to play this week, according to ACCC assistant coach Jamie Amerine.