CHEROKEE — The Southeast Lancer softball team opened its season Monday evening with a 12-2 run-rule victory over the Mt. Vernon Mountaineers.
Olivia Powell earned the win in the circle, allowing two runs on six Mountaineer hits. She fanned seven, two in the first, two in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Mt. Vernon scored its lone runs in the fourth — down 10-0 — on a Kaitlyn Foulk solo home run and a Jordan DeLaSalle single to right turned into a trip around the bases after two errors by two different outfielders. The right fielder misplayed the hit and the helping center fielder grazed the top of DeLaSalle's helmet on the attempt to throw her out at third. The ricochet into left field allowed DeLaSalle to work her way around, only two batters after the Foulk homer.
Otherwise, it was all Southeast.
The left-handed first baseman Rylie Dainty led off with a single, stole second and scored the first run of the season on an Amy Martin single. Kylie Freeman additionally scored on the Martin single, helped by a Mt. Vernon error. Olivia Powell singled home Martin and Powell and Jordann Lundsford scored on a Zoey Ball two-run triple, a rocket hit to the opposite field and over the right fielder.
After the first, Southeast led 5-0, a strong beginning to the season.
The Lancers plated two more in the second and three more in the third.
Southeast took advantage of six Mt. Vernon errors and several wacky plays.
With two outs in the fifth, Freeman and Martin sparked a two-out rally with back-to-back doubles, Martin driving Freeman in for her second RBI of the contest. Lundsford plated Martin for the final run and the game was done, although the umpires decided to let the teams play out the fifth 12-2. Southeast left three on.
Martin collected three hits in four at-bats and Ball, Freeman and Powell each contributed two hits to the 11-hit attack, or four Lancers combined for nine hits.
Martin also showed her defensive capabilities behind the plate, throwing out a Mt. Vernon runner at second after she led off the fifth with a single. Dainty made a near-sensational diving catch at first on a sharp line drive to her right. Other than two errors on the same play, the Lancers were better defensively than Mt. Vernon.
SOUTHEAST 5, PARSONS 0: It was a busy day Monday in the sports complex of Southeast High, between high school softball, a junior high track meet in the football stadium and the season opener for the Southeast Lancer baseball team against Southeast Kansas League opponent Parsons.
Originally scheduled for last Thursday, this nonleague game between the Lancers and the Vikings produced only five runs, all scored in the decisive third inning.
Proverbial baseball wisdom dictates that pitchers have the advantage over hitters early in the season and Southeast's Riley Ulery and Cole Burdette would agree with that sentiment, combining on a shutout. Parsons hurlers Tyus Brown and Tyler Drisdell also did their part in making Monday by-and-large a pitcher's day.
Coming on in relief, Burdette struck out the side in the seventh — Brown, Elijah Lyons and Silas Russell — and only allowed a DaKolby Johnson single, which did not affect him facing last batter Russell.
Both Southeast teams, baseball and softball, have one more nonleague tune-up Thursday — against the Cherryvale Chargers — before opening up Cherokee-Neosho-Cherokee League play next Monday against Baxter Springs. The Lancers will travel to Montgomery County to face Cherryvale and then host the Lions.
COLGAN SPLITS WITH LIBERAL: The Panthers opened their season with a 14-4 loss to and 16-7 win over Liberal on Monday.
Colgan gave new head coach Erin Rice and assistant Amanda Seglie their first win and the Panthers will not have to wait long for their next game, playing a home doubleheader Tuesday against Labette County at Cheryl Stice.
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Frontenac placed 14th and Pittsburg 17th in the season-opening Miami Invitational at Peoria Ridge, a tournament loaded with Oklahoma and Missouri schools on Monday.
A thunderstorm in the area delayed the start of the tournament and then players were dogged by winds from the south reaching gusting highs of 40 mph.
Still, little could slow down individual champion Wesley Jackson, whose even-par 72 led team champion Fort Gibson (Okla). Fort Gibson shot a composite 309, 14 strokes better than runner-up Tulsa Metro Christian.
Frontenac shot a composite 384 with Jake Christman at 91 and Kyle Loy and Jesse Christman each at 96. Pittsburg managed a 429 with only Jon Commons below 100, his 49 on the front nine and 50 on the back adding up to 99.
Labette County finished in fourth, behind Austin Krewson's 81, Braden Page's 83 and Griffin Argo's 85.
Pittsburg returns to action Apr. 10 at Independence and Frontenac hosts a tournament Apr. 10 at the Four Oaks Golf Course.
LANCERS 12, MOUNTAINEERS 2 (5 innings)
MtV000 20 — 2 6 6
SE523 02 — 12 11 2
Maddi Brown and Hailea Schubert. Olivia Powell and Amy Martin. WP: Powell (1-0). LP: Brown. HR: Kaitlyn Foulk. 3B: Brown; Zoey Ball. 2B: Kylie Freeman, Martin. SB: Rylie Dainty, Powell, Freeman. LOB: MtV 3, SE 7.
LANCERS 5, VIKINGS 0
PAR000 000 0 — 0
SE005 000 X — 5
Riley Ulery, Cole Burdette and Caleb Biancarelli. WP: Ulery.
Team results: Fort Gibson 309, Tulsa Metro Christian 324, Nevada 330, Labette County 336, Hilldale 344, Miami 353, Collinsville 368, Mt. Vernon 368, Grove 369, Oologah 370, Claremore 374, Pryor 376, Cassville 380, Frontenac 384, Locust Grove 390, Vinita 404, Pittsburg 429, Jay 452.
FORT GIBSON (309) — Wesley Jackson 35-37—72, Dalton Rhoden 39-39—78, Rayne Cox 38-39—77, Jordan London 39-44—83, Kade Rodgers 39-43—82.
TULSA METRO CHRISTIAN (324) — Chase Turner 42-39—81, Garrett Brown 38-40—78, Garrett Richardson 40-41—81, Jacob Sullivan 46-43-89, Blake Brewer 40-44-84.
NEVADA (330) — John Quitno 36-38—74, Andrew Quitno 46-41—87. Levi Palmer 43-40—83, Patrick Ferry 40-47—87, Jacob Hammontree 41-45—86.
LABETTE COUNTY (336) — Austin Krewson 39-42—81, Braden Page 40-43—83, Griffin Argo 38-47—85, Drew Dwyer 49-56—105, Tanner Nelson 42-45—87.
HILLDALE (344) — Chandler Puckett 44-36—80, Grant Sikes 44-45—89, Tanner Ingle 41-43—84, Chandler Cotner 48-43—91, Blake Schrader 44-53—97.
MIAMI (353) — Braden Walker 38-46—84, Nate Neel 40-44—84, River Sturges 43-49—92, Caden Mercer 49-45—94, Skyler Vaughn 46-47—93.
COLLINSVILLE (368) — Jake Henry 46-46—92, Zane McElroy 47-43—90, Bailey Stamper 40-55—95, Lane Reed 51-56—107, Hayden McNeal 52-49—101.
MT. VERNON (368) — Devin Brown 44-48—92, Tripper Jensen 38-39—77; Kyle Wilmoth 54-48—102, Ian Reeves 52-47—99, Canyon Moenkhoff 47-53—100.
GROVE (369) — Kegan Allen 45-49—94, Spencer Londagin 39-49—88, Tarik Masri 45-46—91, Chase Cookson 47-49—96, Zach Fields 47-53—100.
OOLOGAH (370) — Vexay Vang 49-38—87, J.T. Sappington 46-47—93, Chase Smith 45-50—95, Boston Baker 45-50—95, Jarrett Hobbs 48-51—99.
CLAREMORE (374) — Clay Salley 42-42—84, Daniel Parker 38-44—82, Chase Buckmaster 49-54—103, Bill Campbell 50-56—106, Kaleb Estes 50-47—97.
PRYOR (376) — Ryan Ramsey 42-44—86, David Guinn 51-48—99, Zane Rosebrough 47-47—94, Kane Kinion 48-51—99, Layne Nolan 56-49—105.
CASSVILLE (380) — Parker Skinner 38-47—85, Brett Nickle 54-48—102, Gabe Kirk 49-44—93, Hise Williams 55-53—108, Nathan Vitt 48-51—99.
FRONTENAC (384) — Kyle Loy 47-49—96, Jesse Christman 48-48—96, Riley Swigart 46-55—101, Bryce Barto 47-54—101, Jake Christman 44-47—91.
LOCUST GROVE (390) — Daniel Henson 39-43—82, Josh McFarland 38-44—82, Wyatt Rogers 49-46—95, Weston Davis 69-62—131.
VINITA (404) — Kaden Fritz 41-51—92, Matt Carr 50-49—99, Kyle Carrier 51-59—110, Trey Shouse 48-61—109, Harley Lair 49-55—104.
PITTSBURG (429) — Jon Commons 49-50—99, Alex Smith 53-52—105, Jake Austin 60-49—109, Calvin Thyer 72-60—132, John Brooks 59-57—116.
JAY (452) — Chase Chumwalooky 42-55—97, Nathan Lamphear 50-55—105, Andrew Gardner 59-56—115, Kyle Barker 69-66—135.
Individuals: Scott Craig, Miami, 38-42—80; Mason Whitlock, Hilldale, 42-45—87; Hunter Sturges, Miami, 40-49—89; Pete McVay, Bluejacket, 47-46—93; Coleman Crawley, Fort Gibson, 49-47—96; Jason Allen, Hilldale, 48-51-99; Kolin Williams, Miami, 49-54—103; Seth Boomer, Collinsville, 54-54—108; Logan Witt, Collinsville, 60-60—120.