Pittsburg softball and baseball split with Labette County on Tuesday.
Softball won the first game 11-1 and lost the second 6-5 to finish its regular season 6-14 overall and 6-6 in the Southeast Kansas League.
“The girls played hard in both games,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “They felt good and knew they had made a strong showing. Really proud of their performance tonight. We had several girls step up and make some outstanding defensive and offensive plays. We had talked about finishing strong and preparing ourselves for our regionals.”
Pittsburg will play No. 2 seed Fort Scott in the first round next week.
In the opener Tuesday, Katy Short hit a two-run double in the third, Alaura Short hit a three-run double in the fourth, Katy Short hit a RBI double to score her sister and Mercedes Vogel and Kylie Wilber picked up RBI singles. Pittsburg used five runs in the sixth to force a run-rule.
Vogel earned the win, striking out five and walking three in six innings. Packard said the Dragons thwarted potential scoring rallies in the first, second, third and fifth innings before the Grizzlies pushed across their lone run in the sixth, which proved too little and too late.
In the nightcap, Pittsburg was held scoreless the first three innings but took a 4-3 lead after two in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Grizzlies answered with three in their half of the fifth and held off Pittsburg down the stretch.
Vogel hit a pair of RBI doubles, one scoring Andie Casper and the other Abby Harris, and Megan Webb picked up a RBI single.
The baseball games showcased pitching — Pittsburg won the first 4-0 and Labette County the second 4-2.
Strong-armed sophomore Dante Richardson delivered a complete game shutout, surrendering only three hits.
James Clark and Anthony McNeely supported Richardson with RBI.
Pittsburg finished its regular season with a 9-11 overall record and this mark gives the Purple Dragons a No. 4 seed in the Class 4A regional.