DODGE CITY, Kan. – Johnson County Community College took a pair from Dodge City Community College, 10-5 and 4-2, Friday afternoon in Jayhawk Conference action at Legends Field.
“Pretty disappointed,” DC3 softball coach Howie Smith said. “We put ourselves into position to win both games, but it was the little things that did us in. We need to regroup and get back at it.”
In game one of the doubleheader JCCC (8-3, 5-1 Jayhawk Conference) did its damage early and led 9-1 after four complete innings.
The Conqs showed life in the bottom half of the fifth.
Ashley Beavers (Longmont, Colo. /Silver Creek HS) singled to open the fifth and the very next batter, Mackenzie Maes (Parker, Colo. /Ponderosa HS) doubled to put runners at second and third base with no outs.
The next batter, Ashley Stephenson (Dodge City, Kan. /Dodge City HS) hit a frozen rope to third base, which brought home Beavers. Courtney Rettig (Fresno, Calif. /Clovis North HS) walked, which put runners at first and third with no outs.
Lindsay Karlin (Berthoud, Colo. /Berthoud HS) doubled to center field and pushed across two runs. DC3 added one more run and cut Cavaliers lead to within four.
However, JCCC put the clamps down the remaining two innings and closed out the win.
Karlin went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Lauren Kelly (Newcastle, Okla. /Newcastle HS) absorbed the loss for the Conqs. She pitched the entire game and allowed 13 hits, three walks 10 runs (six were earned).
In game two of the double dip JCCC opened up an early 4-0 before the Conqs scored twice in the bottom of the seventh.
Despite the setback, Jordan Mecham (Winnemucca, Nev. /Albert M. Lowery HS) pitched well. She threw a complete game and allowed seven hits, one walk, and four runs (two earned) and struck out seven.
DC3 (8-8, 4-4 Jayhawk Conference) plays host to Fort Scott Community College Saturday (12 p.m./2 p.m.) and travel to Independence Community College March 18 (2 p.m./4 p.m.).