The Cowley baseball team has been well consistent all season. The team has not dropped both games in a doubleheader since February. In their most recent games the Tigers stole both games from Kansas City and split with Fort Scott Community College.
The team traveled to Kansas City on April 1 to play in what turned out to be two hard fought games. The Tigers took a quick lead scoring two runs in the top of the second inning. Cowley kept the offensive attack going scoring one run in the third and four in the fourth inning.
The Tiger defense kept Kansas City from getting anything until a single run in the fifth. It was in the sixth inning that things started to get interesting. Cowley scored one run in the top of the sixth inning before switching sides. After a solid five innings, pitcher Zach Cargill, sophomore, finally broke.
Following a walk of the leadoff batter, Cargill surrendered a two-run home run. After two team errors, Cargill was relieved by Matt Garcia, sophomore, who was then replaced by Chase Webb, sophomore. Webb allowed four more runs in the eighth inning before retiring Kansas City with an 8-8 tie. Aaron Rea, freshman, broke the tie with what would be the game winning RBI in the top of the eighth.
Surely the dramatic results of the first game would not repeat itself in the second, well not exactly. The Tigers yet again struck first scoring four in the first inning, including Freshman B.J. Misialek’s three run, his first of the season.
Following a stupendous first inning the Tigers did not have another offensive outbreak until the fifth inning, in which they scored one run. Heading into eighth the score was tied 5-5. Tyler Hancock blasted the tie with a double bringing in two runners. The Tigers finished with nine hits in game two with no errors.
The last minutes drama from Kansas City was not reiterated in the team’s doubleheader against Fort Scott. Game one was all business for the Tigers scoring four runs on seven hits. In game two the Tigers saw stiffer competition.
The Greyhounds ripped through the Cowley defense for three runs in their opening at bats. Fort Scott continued to hold a grip on the Tigers’ offense until the fifth inning; that was when the Tigers got their first run of the game. Cowley would add an impressive five runs over the next three innings to Fort Scott’s four, but could only muster a single run in the ninth inning losing 7-9.
The loss dropped Cowley to second place in the Jayhawk East Division behind Johnson County. The teams will compete on April 8th in Overland Park.
Despite a troublesome start losing to Barton, North Central, Rose State, and Northern Oklahoma College, the softball girls are finally hitting away the wins. The ladies played the double-header very well against Brown Mackie College last Tuesday.
In the first game Sophomore pitcher Ashley Spencer gave up two hits but pitched 12 straight strike outs. “I feel like I’m working hard and putting together a team effort. The other ladies are behind me and we’re starting to gel as a team,” Spencer said.
Nichole Cutherbertson, Cowley’s freshman first basemen, hit a two run home run in the first game as well, running up the scoreboard. The Tigers won 4 to 0 . In game two the score was 7-2 when sophomore short stop, Alysha Poteat hit a three run, home run, racking up the points from 7-10, therefore placing a run rule on the other team.
A run rule is when a team scores more than 8 points in 5 innings. After a run rule is achieved the game is over.
The final score of the second game was 10-2 and the combined score against Brown Mackie was 17-9. “Although we had a rough start, our three main goals are still in reach. We want to win the Jayhawk East Conference for the seventh year in a row; we want to win at least 40 games for the twelfth year in a row, and we want to go to Nationals,” says Head Softball Coach Ed Hargrove.
The Tigers played and successfully defeated Fort Scott last Thursday with great performances by Poteat, Cutherbertson, and freshman relief pitcher Starr Mcleod. The double header, although quite warm, went well. Spencer struggled in the first few innings with 9 hits and 8 strikeouts. “The way I’m performing I need to work harder at times. Everyone is contributing their skills and stepping up,” Spencer said.
The Tigers did step up to the challenge when Cutherbertson picked up the lead with yet another home run. The final score was 14-5. They picked up another run rule.
In the second game Mcleod pitched a shut-out where no runs were scored. When Poteat came in, hopes were high. The team wanted another good hit and they got it. She hit a three run home run helping the Tigers win 10-0, and receiving their third run rule. The combined score was 19-9.