DODGE CITY, Kan. – The Dodge City softball team swept Neosho County by scores of 1-0 and 8-5 Friday afternoon in a pivotal Region VI series at Legends Park.
“It was important to get these two wins because now we own the tie-breaker,” DC3 coach Howie Smith said. “I haven’t been involved in a 1-0 game in such a long time, but at the end of the day we get two wins and improved our record in the regional standings.”
The story of the day was the play of Jordan Mecham (Winnemucca, Nev. /Albert M. Lowrery HS) in the series opener. The freshman tossed a complete-game shutout and scattered four hits, no walks and struck out 10 batters.
“She was in control and was composed,” Smith said. “When you nurse a one-run lead for the duration of a game it can mess with your head sometimes, but she’s mentally tough and she did well.”
In the bottom of the second inning, Haley Wedgewood (Abbotsford, B.C. /WJ Mouat Secondary) came through with an RBI single.
In the night cap Lindsey Karlin (Berthoud, Colo. /Berthoud HS) went 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs and a double and triple to propel DC3 past Neosho.
Neosho (15-18, 11-9 Region VI) led 5-2 after two-complete innings, but the Lady Conqs slowly chipped away at the lead.
The Lady Conqs went up for good in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Lindsey, an error, and a groundout by Courtney Rettig (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North HS).
DC3 complemented its two-run first inning with two more in the sixth.
Lauren Kelly (Newcastle, Okla. /Newcastle HS) earned the win. She threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, five runs (none earned) and one walk and struck out one batter.
“It seems that whenever Lauren pitches our defense doesn’t play well. She gets the groundouts, but our defense lets her down. Despite that, none of the runs were earned and she pitched well.”
DC3 (18-16, 13-9 Region VI) welcomes Allen County Saturday for a noon doubleheader.