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Monday
May 27th, 2019

By EARL WATT

  • • Leader & Times

DODGE CITY — The Lady Redskins softball team achieved one of its best regular seasons in recent memory, but one goal that was not achieved was winning a game in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Lady Redskins traveled to Dodge City and dropped a double header 12-3 and 9-0.

The Lady Redskins gave up a run in the first but tied the game in the second when Reagan Watt hit a solo home run.

The Dodge City coach attempted to have the home run overturned, claiming Watt was touched by a  player at the celebration before she touched the plate, but the protest was denied.

But the Lady Red Demons scored twice in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead.

Liberal added another run in the top of the third when MiKayla Zapien scored on a passed ball to cut the lead to 3-2.

But the Lady Red Demons added runs in the third and fourth to push the lead to 5-2.

Alexia Torres reached on an error in the fifth and later scored on an RBI groundout by Nohemi Gomez to cut the lead to 5-3.

But after only averaging three walks per game, the Lady Redskins failed to get strikes called, and the walks began to mount in the fifth inning.

Dodge City took advantage of five walks, and error and a single to score five runs in the fifth to take a commanding 10-3 lead.

The Lady Red Demons added two more runs in the sixth for the 12-3 win.

Meaghan McClure pitched four innings, allowing five runs, two of them earned on four hits and three walks.

Milly McClure had a short outing in relief, allowing two runs on two walks with the bases loaded.

Kaeleah Chaloupek came in relief and allowed five runs, two of them earned, on three hits and three walks while striking out two.

Reagan Watt led the Lady Redskins at the plate with a two-hit performance and a home run.

Milly McClure, Meaghan McClure and Torres each had hits in the loss.

Liberal was limited to only one hit in Game 2 but avoided the run rule in a 9-0 loss.

Walks again plagued the Lady Redskin pitchers. Liberal allowed 10 walks and nine hits.

While Liberal couldnt get the border-line call on the outside of the plate, Dodge City couldn’t miss it. Dodge only allowed three walks while striking out 12 Lady Redskin batters.

Milly McClure had Liberal’s lone hit in the fifth inning in the loss.

“We started ok,” Liberal coach Tommy McClure said. “We had some errors and got sloppy. We let them build on us. If we don’t do that, we’re fine. The bats were a little slow. That happens when you play slower pitchers and come in to speed. We have to face top pitchers every week. We will fix that down the line.”

With the bracket already set for regionals, Thursday’s doubleheader was meaningless for seeding. Liberal will face Wichita North in Topeka at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We moved around our line-up so we can have success against Wichita North,” McClure said. “We have some scouting, we will continue to do that. We just have to work and be ready.”

Zapien was injured midway through the first game and did not finish the day after a hard slide at third base. She is expected to be evaluated but is expected to be able to return for the regional tournament.

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