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  • Girard softball now 4-0

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  • FORT SCOTT — The Girard Trojans went into Fort Scott on Thursday and swept a pair of softball games, 5-4 and 17-6, against the Tigers.
    In the seventh, Hannah Jones broke a 4-all tie in the first game, giving Girard starter Alissa Schroeder and the Trojans a one-run victory over Fort Scott starter Hannah Geneva and the Tigers.
    Jones and Fort Scott's Abby Denton were the lone players in the first game to record multi-hit games.
    Jones, Schroeder and MaCahla Leslie picked up Girard's three RBI and Leslie hit the lone extra-base hit of the contest, a double.
    Girard trailed 4-3 but scored one in the sixth and one in the seventh for the win.
    The teams combined for 11 errors, seven by the home team Tigers.
    Haley Pitts earned the win in Game 2, six runs — none earned — on five hits as Girard collected 17 runs on nine hits and six Fort Scott errors.
    Kelci Murphy and Allie Bennett each drove in three for the Trojans, Jones and Kya Ferguson each picked up two and Kasey Ruark and Tristan Broce gave Girard six different players in the RBI column. Ruark, Murphy and Ferguson each doubled.
    Girard scored four in the first, one in the second, eight in the fourth and four in the sixth, while Fort Scott managed five of its six runs in the second.
    Girard improved to 4-0 on the season and each of the four wins came against Southeast Kansas League teams, Parsons on Tuesday and Fort Scott on Thursday. The Trojans open Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League play Monday against Riverton, on the road again.
    Fort Scott swept Girard in baseball on Thursday, 10-0 and 15-2.
    PITTSBURG BASEBALL SPLITS WITH CHANUTE: Chanute parlayed seven first inning runs into a 12-10 victory in Game 1 and Pittsburg scored three runs in the top of the eighth to earn the split with a 10-7 victory in Game 2, everything adding up to nearly 6 hours of baseball in Chanute.
    "From the fourth inning on (in Game 2), we were just all of a sudden a different baseball team," Pittsburg head coach Keith Matlock told Matt Newbery during his postgame radio interview. "That's what I told the boys after the game. I was really proud of 'em because we grinded and just found a way to get it done."
    Freshman left fielder Elijah Harris, used predominantly in a courtesy runner role this season, helped spark the three runs in the eighth with a hit, an infield single with two outs leading toward Sage Mahnken's two-run single.
    "Yes sir, he can run a little bit," Matlock said of Harris.
    Mahnken continues to produce big hits for a Pittsburg offense which scored double-figure runs for the fourth consecutive game.
    Page 2 of 2 - "The ball probably looks like a beach ball to Sage right now," Matlock said. "He is doing such a fantastic job for us at the plate."
    Matlock returned to Harris.
    "Like you said with Elijah, that was a big at-bat," Matlock said. "The third baseman turned and looked at me and (Matlock) said 'Hey, don't feel bad, it's happened a lot. He can run a little bit.' You know, he's a kid that we talk about finding ways to get him into the baseball game. We let him get some JV underneath him and let him get some comfort going. Tonight was one of those nights where it dictated to get him a chance to get into the baseball game and he did a good job for us."
    Pittsburg second baseman Lucas Redd (sincere apologies for spelling it 'Lukas' the first few games of the season) drove in five runs on a pair of singles — a three-run single in the second, a two-run single in the fourth — and Chanute scored its first five runs unearned.
    Ryan McNeely earned the win in relief.
    "He's a kid that can do a lot of things for us," Matlock said. "He's just got to gain a little bit of confidence. . . . Doc (Pittsburg assistant Gary Grimaldi) pulled him aside after that inning (when McNeely committed an error) and talked to him a little while. We're trying to get Ryan to understand that he's a good baseball player and I think he understands it. These kids are still young and inexperienced. So, it's going to be a little bit of a work-in-progress."
    Dante Richardson and Mahnken hit solo home runs in the first game and Chanute's Kenton Richards was a homer shy of the cycle and Jordan Richards earned the victory despite allowing 10 runs over 6 1/3 workmanlike innings.
    Pittsburg moved to 3-2 and evened its mark at 1-1 in the Southeast Kansas League. The Purple Dragons play their sixth and seventh consecutive road games to open the season next Thursday against Fort Scott.
    CHANUTE SWEEPS PITTSBURG: The Purple Dragons lost both ends of their Southeast Kansas League opening doubleheader Thursday, 8-4 and 16-1.
    Pittsburg opens its new field Tuesday against Blue Valley Northwest.
    PITTSBURG TENNIS 3RD IN COFFEYVILLE: The Purple Dragons used a pair of seconds by their doubles teams, Zach Stewart-Ryan Newcomb in No. 1 doubles and Jared Wilde-Will Jewett in No. 2, to finish with nine points Thursday night.
    Stewart-Newcomb defeated Columbus 8-1, Chanute 8-4 and Coffeyville 8-4 but lost 8-1 to Iola.
    Wilde-Jewett defeated Columbus 8-0, Chanute 8-4 and Coffeyville 8-0 but lost 8-4 to Iola.
    Montana Jajo placed third in No. 2 singles.
    Iola won the tournament with 14 points, Chanute second with 10, Pittsburg third with nine, Coffeyville fourth with four and Columbus fifth with one.

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