Eight games into the Southeast Kansas League season, the Pittsburg High School softball team is tied for the league lead with Labette County.



The Purple Dragons earned that spot, and their 7-1 conference record, thanks in part to two victories at Columbus on Thursday.

Eight games into the Southeast Kansas League season, the Pittsburg High School softball team is tied for the league lead with Labette County.

The Purple Dragons earned that spot, and their 7-1 conference record, thanks in part to two victories at Columbus on Thursday.

Pittsburg took the first game 9-4 after scoring two runs apiece in each of the first three innings. Columbus kept the game close by scoring once in the second, once in the third and putting across two runs in the fourth, cutting the lead to two runs at 6-4. But Pittsburg immediately responded with a run in the top of the fifth, then built the margin of victory with a two run seventh. In the final inning, Kristina Willis tripled and Jessica Wade followed with a home run over the centerfield wall.

Kaitlyn King pitched all seven innings, striking out seven, walking two and only allowing two hits. Pittsburg had two errors in the game.

The second game — a 13-9 Purple Dragon win — would feature more scoring. Pittsburg scored three in the first, then put up four in the third off two walks and three singles. A two-run top of the fourth gave Pittsburg a 9-3 advantage, but Columbus responded with a three-run inning of their own. A three-run sixth inning for Pittsburg was countered with a three-run sixth by the Titans. Pittsburg added one more run in the top of the seventh.
Maleah Cook pitched 3 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking three. King finished the game by pitching the final 3 2/3, striking out three and walking two.

“In the second game, each team kept scoring,” said Mary Packard, Pittsburg coach. “We were always ahead, but we would make some more runs and Columbus would make a couple back.

“We played much better tonight,” Packard said. “(We were) more aggressive and (had) stronger hits. Defense was much cleaner than Tuesday against Baxter where we committed many errors.”

Overall, Pittsburg is 8-4 on the year.

Pittsburg’s junior varsity softball team will play at home on Monday, with the varsity team participating in Senior NIght at Cheryl Stice Field on Tuesday against Iola.

Girard softball sweeps Galena

GALENA — The Girard softball team continued its perfect run through the season by run ruling the Galena Bulldogs twice.

Girard (12-0, 10-0 CNC) won the first game 18-0 behind a one-hit shutout from Kenzie Dunlap. Dunlap struck out 11 of the 14 writers she faced.

The Trojans took the second one 20-1, with Peyton Herlocker striking out eight of the 15 batters she faced. Herlocker allowed three hits.

Girard will host Southeast on Monday.

St. Mary’s Colgan JV baseball sweeps

The St. Mary’s Colgan junior varsity swept Southeast in a pair of games Friday.

The Panthers took the first game 8-7 in five innings. The Lancers held the lead until Nate Grimaldi bashed a two-run triple to tie the game. V.J. Piccini then drove in Grimaldi for the winning run.

The Panthers won game two 13-3 in four innings. Austin Marrone pitched all four innings for the Panthers, throwing a three-hit game.