Special to the Grove Sun
WYANDOTTE-Despite playing in the warmest conditions thus far this summer, it took the Lady Comet offense all of one game and the better part of another before it heated up.
In the first game, Wyandotte’s Kourtney Leppla took the hill for her team and when her defense didn’t get her out of trouble, she usually managed it herself. Conversely, Kansas starter Paige Fielden had to oft times fend for herself while the Lady Comet defense uncharacteristically committed four errors behind her.
After holding Kansas scoreless in their first time at bat, the Lady Black Bears’ Alexis Lyons led off the bottom of the first with a single and advanced to second with a steal. Lyons moved to third when Felecia Stone reached on a single and scored when the Comet outfielder let the ball get passed her. Stone then moved to third on a passed ball and scored Wyandotte’s second tally when Kansas booted Jordan White’s routine grounder.
White scored when the Comet defense committed their third and fourth errors of the inning on another routine play in the infield.
Down 3-0, Kayla Duncan led off the top of the second with a walk and moved to third on a Shenel Wolf double. A subsequent Leppla pitch hit Courtney Cowen to load the bases and Fielden got her team’s only RBI when she worked the Black Bear pitcher for a base on balls.
Fielden pitched her way out of trouble in the bottom of the second, leaving the bases loaded with Lady Bears. But following a scoreless top of the third, Fielden got touched for a pair of hits, that combined with a pair of wild pitches and three walks, gave Wyandotte a five-run lead. Kansas was unable to put together any further offense, giving the home team a 6-1 win.
In the time shortened second game against Commerce, the Lady Comets called on Fielden to take the starting nod again. And this time the willowy underclassman appeared to get stronger with each pitch.
The Lady Tigers didn’t get the ball out of the infield in their first at bats, while Kansas stranded Haley Blackwood, who’d reached on a single.
After getting the first two Commerce batters down, the Comet hurler allowed a single followed by an RBI double for the Lady Tigers’ only run. Following a scoreless and hitless bottom of the second and top of the third, the Lady Comets found some offense. Abby Husong led off the bottom half of the third with a single and moved to second when Kyrston Dozier reached on a walk. Both runners advanced on Fielden’s single and scored on a Summer Higgins double. Fielden scored Kansas’s final run on Blackwood’s RBI. On the heels of a scoreless fourth, the Lady Comets were declared the 3-1 victor.