The Pittsburg Purple Dragon Softball team, on the heels of a 13-3 win at Columbus, is sitting on a 5-3 record near the home stretch of the season. Pittsburg is on a four-game winning streak, and they have scored 50 total runs during the streak.
Leadoff batter Myla Turner has had a spectacular year at the plate, sporting a team-high .583 batting average with 10 walks and 18 runs scored. Turner has also hit three triples and has stolen 13 bases. Sydney Linahan is another batter in the midst of a great season, slugging a .519 batting average with 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Kaydn Matlock, Mallory McThompson and Shannon O’Hara are also carry batting averages over .400.
Pitcher Madden Petty is 5-2 on the season with an 2.14 ERA and 43 strikeouts.
At 10-0, the Girard Lady Trojans are the only team, softball or baseball, in the area to have an unblemished record. Girard averages 14.4 runs a game, and only have two games on the season where they have given up four or more runs.
Frontenac came close to topping Girard early in the season, but the Lady Trojans squeezed out a 12-11 victory. The only other team to score at least four points against them was Riverton, in a 11-4 win.
Coach Jim Vinze’s team look poised for a deep postseason push this upcoming May.
St. Mary’s-Colgan won their season opener against Frontenac 12-2, before losing four straight games to fall to 1-4. Colgan has bounced back since, winning two of their last three to put their record at 3-5. With a 7.7 runs per game average, offense isn’t an issue for The Panthers, and they have scored 31 runs total during their last three games.
Colgan will look to get their record back to .500 by sweeping Liberal in Thursday’s doubleheader.
The Frontenac Raiders softball team has a 5-5 record, and they are climbing back from a mid season skid that saw them lose four straight. The Raiders are currently on a three-game winning streak, averaging 10 runs per game over that stretch.
Defense has been a issue for the Raiders this season, allowing double digit run totals in each of their losses this season.
Frontenac has flashed the potential of a top team. Against Girard the Raiders held a 11-9 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh, before allowing a three-run rally to relinquish the lead.
The Raiders will look to improve on their defense and continue their offensive production to reach their full potential.