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March 8, 2013LADY DRAGON SOFTBALL TEAM UNLOADS AFTER WINTERY 16-DAY LAYOFF
After not playing for 16 days, the Hutchinson Community College softball team wasn't anxious to play again - they were just ready.
The Lady Dragons haven't played since Feb. 19 because every field within 100 miles of Hutchinson was buried under snow. Finally on Tuesday, Field 3 at Fun Valley looked like its old self and the Lady Dragons unloaded on the McPherson College Junior Varsity to the tune of a combined 20 runs and 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep on Thursday.
Six different players had multi-hit games led by Brittany Delaney's three hits as Hutchinson defeated the McPherson JV 12-0 in five innings in Thursday's opener. Makenzi Shackley led a 13-hit attack in Game 2 with three hits and two RBIs as HCC needed six innings to earn the sweep with an 8-0 victory.
GAME 1 RECAP - Hutchinson 12, McPherson College JV, 5 innings
The Lady Dragons banged out a season-high 14 hits, only two were for extra bases. Eight of 9 HCC starters had a hit and six had multi-hit games.
Delaney was 3 for 3 with a double and career-high four RBIs to lead the Lady Dragons. She also scored a pair of runs. Mariah Wedel, Asia Budd, Shackley, Rylee Nave and Yasnaya Suseoff all had two hits. Nave and Suseoff drove in two runs each. Budd, Shackley, Nave and Delaney scored two runs each.
The Lady Dragons uncorked right away after the long layoff with 10 runs over the first two innings.
Nave's RBI single and Delaney's three-run double highlighted a six-run first inning for Hutchinson. HCC added five more in the second inning as Nave, Delaney and Suseoff all delivered RBI base hits.
Sidney Dey (3-1) recovered from a rocky outing in her last start against the Kansas Wesleyan JV on Feb. 19. Dey earned the victory throwing the first three innings in the circle. She had a season-high six strikeouts while giving up two hits, one walk and two runs.
Logan Fornelli mopped up with two innings of work. Fornelli struck out three and gave up three hits.
GAME 2 RECAP - Hutchinson 8, McPherson College JV, 6 innings
The Lady Dragons continued to pound away at the Bulldogs in Game 2 with 13 hits. Shackley had a double, triple and three overall hits in four trips to lead Hutchinson. Shackley drive in two runs and scored pair of runs.
HCC's top three batters in the order - Wedel, Budd and Shackley - combined to go 7 for 12 with six runs and three RBIs.
Wedel, Budd and Nave all had two hits. Shackley, Taylor Rains and Nave all drove in two runs.
Shackley jump-started HCC with a two-run double in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.
HCC led 3-0 through 4 ? innings and put up four runs in the fourth inning to break things open. All four runs were unearnred . Rains had two runs score on a groundout to second base while Wedel and Nave both has RBI singles to make it 7-0.
With one out in the sixth, Shackley tripled and two batters later, Nave drove in the game-ending run.
Delaney (2-0) gave up two hits and a walk while striking out only one to earn the victory. Kaila Pickens tossed the final three innings with two hits allowed and a strikeout.
The Lady Dragons will play on a neutral site to open Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division play. Hutchinson and Pratt will play at Hesston College at 2 p.m. on Friday to open the league season.