Run production hampers ACCC

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

NEOSHO, Mo. — Scoring just one run in each game was a problem for Allen County Community College’s softball team Wednesday.
The Red Devils lost 4-1 to Ellsworth (Iowa) and 5-1 to host Crowder College at Neosho, Mo. Allen County dropped to 7-15 overall.
Last weekend, the Red Devils scored five runs in one of its six games of the Midwest Classic and lost the contest. They scored two runs in a 2-1 win then only had four more runs in their other four games.
Allen County has averaged 1.5 runs a game going 1-7 in its last eight games.
The Red Devils were scheduled to play a doubleheader at home Tuesday against Ellsworth.
“I guess they over scheduled and just dropped us without telling us,” said Ed Wilkerson, ACCC head coach. “Then we end up playing them Wednesday at Crowder.”
Ellsworth led 3-0 when Allen County produced its run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Autumn Lamle doubled then scored on a two-out error. Ellsworth added a run in the sixth.
Jenna Wendt gave up 10 hits, walked one and hit one batter in a losing effort on the mound. She recorded six strikeouts.
Hitting a single each for ACCC were Kristina Popejoy, Jordan Talley, Amy Carr, Chalice Schmollinger and Kassie Summers.
Against Crowder, the Red Devils tied the game up with a run in the fourth inning. With one out, Talley singled then with two gone Carr and Schmollinger each had a base hit. Summers delivered a bases-loaded single.
Allen County only scored one run as it had four of its eight hits in the inning.
In the sixth, Olivia Baldwin broke the 1-1 tie with a solo home run. Crowder used five more hits to plate three more runs on its way to a 5-1 win.
Allen County had two runners on base with no outs in the seventh but couldn’t get runs across.
Talley, Schmollinger and Summers each had two singles for the Red Devils. Hitting a single each were Terra Woods and Carr.
Brianne Campbell took the loss on the mound for ACCC. She allowed 10 hits, walked two and struck out three.
Allen County travels to Hutchinson Friday and Hesston Saturday. The Red Devils continue on the road next week at Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday and Ottawa University’s junior varsity on Thursday.
The Red Devils’ next home date is March 27 when Brown Mackie comes to Iola.
The home Jayhawk Eastern Division doubleheader against Labette Community College of Parsons was postponed March 10 and rescheduled for April 6.