April 8, 2014

Lady Tigers in slide

Losing four games by a total of six runs, the No. 9-ranked Cowley College softball team dropped all four games during a recent home stand played against Kansas City and No. 4-ranked Highland.

Cowley has dropped seven of its past 12 home games and is now 22-10 overall and 10-8 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. The Lady Tigers are now in a tie for seventh place in the conference and dropped to ninth in the region.

On Friday, Cowley lost a doubleheader against Kansas City. The Lady Blue Devils took advantage of eight errors by the Lady Tigers in the two games to win 7-6 and 8-5.

Cowley never led in the doubleheader as Kansas City moved into a tie in the conference standings with the Lady Tigers.

"Kansas City capitalized on every error we made and deserved to win those games," Cowley assistant coach Jenny Hoyt said.

Hoyt served as head coach of the team during Ed Hargrove's absence from Friday and Saturday's doubleheader.

Sophomore rightfielder Rondeci Oliver had two hits and two RBIs in the loss of game one, while sophomore centerfielder Jordan Haya added two hits and a solo home run.

On Saturday. Highland held Cowley to 12 hits in the doubleheader as the Lady Scotties swept the two games by scores of 3-2 and 5-4.

In the first game, Jessica Seay struck out a season-high 13 batters but it was not enough as Cowley could manage only five hits and two runs off Highland freshman Taylor Phillips.

"When your pitcher strikes out 13 batters you should be able to win the game," Hoyt said.

Sophomore second baseman Stephanie Couser went 2-for-3 in the defeat, while Haya hit her team-leading sixth home run of the season.

All of Highland's runs came on a two-run homer by Holly Wilmarth and a solo home run by Taylor Hatfield.

In the finale, Cowley led 4-2 and was within one out of winning before Phillips hit a three-run homer off Jessica Seay (10-6), who had relieved starting pitcher Brooke Benge with two runners on and nobody out in the inning.

Benge was charged with eight hits and four runs in her six innings of work.

Jasmine Stewart went the distance on the mound for Highland. Stewart allowed seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings pitched.

Haya had two hits in the defeat, while freshman Taya Haney drove in a pair of runs.

"We played much better on Saturday, but we are still lacking leadership," Hoyt said.

Sophomore second baseman Emma Hill had three hits for the Lady Scotties, who are now 23-7 overall and 16-4 in the conference.

Cowley will try to get back in the win column when they play a doubleheader at Pratt Tuesday at 3 p.m. Pratt is just 8-26 overall and 4-14 in the conference.

The Lady Tigers will play six road contests this week before returning home to play a pair of doubleheaders the following week.

"The next couple of weeks we will need to be at the top of our game," Hoyt said.

Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Kansas City 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 - 7 11 4
Cowley 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 - 6 8 5

Game two R H E
Kansas City 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 - 8 11 3
Cowley 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 - 5 10 3

Game one R H E
Highland 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 3 5 0
Cowley 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 - 2 5 1

Game two R H E
Highland 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 - 5 9 2
Cowley 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 - 4 7 0


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