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  • Grizzlies attack Panthers

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  • Four games in two days makes for warm players, yet cold weather and a strong opponent makes for a long doubleheader.
    St. Mary's Colgan softball attempted to come out strong against Labette County on Tuesday but was swept during its home opener doubleheader, 9-4 and 14-0, at Cheryl Stice Field.
    Unfortunately, the Grizzlies struck first with a first inning run, scoring Rachel Stevenson off a Aubri Kimbrough single.
    “I knew it was going to be a tough game so we just needed to throw the first punch,” Colgan head coach Erin Rice said. “I thought we did a great job holding them to one run in the first inning and that gave us an opportunity to really go after them.”
    The Panthers were able to get the bats moving in the first game. Unfortunately, for them, the balls seemed to find the gloves of the Grizzlies.
    “For us, it just seemed we couldn’t find the right holes,” Rice said. “They would find every hole. We couldn’t find the hole. We would find their center fielder, right fielder, shortstop. We hit it right to them.”
    The third inning looked like the Panthers found a groove and were attempting a rally with three runs on four hits but Labette County pitcher Aubri Kimbrough was able to to get out of the inning.
    Unfortunately, for the Panthers, a combination of batting and walks allowed the Grizzlies to pull ahead to a 9-4 victory over the Panthers.
    Game 2 started out again with an early strike from Labette with a single run scored. Colgan was able to close out the second inning with Alex McCormick walking one and striking out two and only allowing one hit.
    After that, however, Labette County scored 13 more runs over the next three in the run-rule victory.
    “These last two days, having played four games in two days has really helped me out," Rice said. “Our practices will be more organized, more game-like, a lot of situations that will get us ready for games like this.”
    Colgan (1-3) next plays Monday against Frontenac, the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League opener for both schools.
    Labette County travels to Frontenac on Thursday.

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