The Pittsburg softball team started a new week Tuesday in style with a doubleheader sweep of Coffeyville, 16-0 and 18-1, in a pair of four-inning run-rule contests.
Pittsburg junior Mercedes Vogel pitched a no-hitter in the first game, the Dragon attack compiled 34 runs on 22 hits, and the Pittsburg defense committed one error behind pitcher Vogel, who finished both games.
“Mercedes pitched very relaxed,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “She struck out six and her teammates’ defense was able to make the routine plays for her. She was very excited about pitching a no-hitter. It is her first. We are all excited for her.”
After a scoreless first inning, Pittsburg came back with six in the second, five in the third and five in the fourth. Back-to-back doubles by Alaura Short and Bethanne Elliott produced six runs in the second and a single by Andie Casper and a triple by Katy Short accounted for five more in the third.
Aluara Short hit 2-for-2 with five RBI, Elliott went 2-4 with three RBI, Casper 2-4 with two RBI and three stolen bases and Katy Short produced three walks, three stolen bases and a triple while batting officially 1-1.
Like the Herman’s Hermits or Ramones (“Judy Is A Punk”) lyric, the second verse was the same as the first with Pittsburg winning in convincing fashion.
“It’s no secret that we have a struggled a bit with errors and a full lineup of batters,” Packard said. “We needed a confidence builder. We had a tough six games last week, facing Blue Valley Northwest, Fort Scott three times and Spring Hill. The girls have been doing positive things on the field and on the bases all along. Positive attitudes and team work have made the season exciting. I think we have turned a corner for the second half of our season.”
Pittsburg hosts Columbus at the PSU Softball Complex on Friday.
COFFEYVILLE — The five-run inning proved to be the best friend of the Coffeyville Golden Tornado and the worst enemy of the Pittsburg Purple Dragons in their Southeast Kansas League twinbill Tuesday at Doss Field.
Of the 17 runs scored by Coffeyville during their sweep of Pittsburg, 10-0 and 7-2, 15 of them came in three different five-run spurts.
Pittsburg did few of the little things right in the opener which win baseball games — committing four errors, collecting three hits and accumulating nine runners left behind.
The second game looked more promising for the Dragons until Coffeyville broke a 2-all score and closed out the scoring with five runs in the sixth. The piéce de résistance for the Golden Tornado was a grand slam by Grant Newton. This was one instance not responsible for eight runners left on.
Page 2 of 4 - Pittsburg dropped to 3-5 and 1-5 in SEK play. Coffeyville improved to 4-0 and 2-0 SEK. The Dragons return to the diamond on Friday with games against Columbus at Al Ortolani Field.
Coffeyville 10, Pittsburg 0 (6 innings)
PHS 000 000 — 0 3 4
COFF 500 005 — 10 10 1
Anthony McNeely, Ryan McNeely (6) and Todd Keller. Ryan Redington and Nick Wintjen. E: James Clark 2, Nick Vacca, Keller; Luis Grossi. 2B: Grant Newton. SB: Spencer Bernhardt, McNeely; Cory Turner, Redington. HBP: Wintjen, Chris Gibbs. LOB: PHS 9, COFF 6.
Coffeyville 7, Pittsburg 2
PHS 002 000 0 — 2 3 3
COFF 110 005 X — 7 7 3
Dante Richardson, Ryan McNeely (6), Dylan Crozier (6) and Patrick Biggs. Luke Lindesmith, Luis Grossi (7) and Nick Wintjen. WP: Lindesmith. LP: McNeely. E: James Clark 2, McNeely; Wintjen, Zack Kirk. GS: Grant Newton. SB: Spencer Bernhardt; Cory Turner 2. HBP: Bernhardt, Nick Vacca; Newton. LOB: PHS 3, COFF 4.
MIAMI, Okla. — The Pittsburg girls took fourth and the boys sixth in the Wardog Invitational track meet on Tuesday.
Pittsburg senior Andie Casper won the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 7 inches, finished third in the 100-meter dash in 12.53 seconds and took sixth in the 400 in 63.99.
Brianna Maxwell won the shot put with a mark of 37-8 and took second in the discus with 113-5. Cara Hardister took fourth in the shot with 30-8.
Chelsea Baker earned second in the high jump with 5-2 and sixth in the 100 hurdles in 19-even.
Emily Hicks and Ashley Beitzinger finished second and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault with respective marks of 7-6 and 7-0.
Lizzy Willis earned third in the 800 in 2:31.58 and Katie Phalen fifth in the 300 hurdles in 52.60.
On the boys side, Pittsburg took fourth in the 4x100 (45.64), fourth in the 4x800 (9:09.74) and sixth in the 4x400 (3:41.58).
Garrett Stalder won the 800 with a time of 2:08.84, one of three overall wins for Pittsburg on the day and in a field crowded with Oklahoma schools.
Ethan Paul Davis won fifth in the 100 in 11.38 and Danilo Pinheiro third in the 400 in 53.16.
Garrett Harmon earned third in the 110 high hurdles in 17.4 and sixth in the 300 hurdles in 45.50.
Braden Brown finished fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 10-6. Gershom Avalos and Chris Huyett placed 3-4 in the shot put at 45-7 and 45-3, respectively. Dakota Taylor won runner-up in the discus in 145-11.
Team results, girls: Vinita 136, Tahlequah 98, Grove 92, Pittsburg 66, Miami 52, Inola 50, Claremore 47, Jay 31, Skiatook 23, Stilwell 22.
Team results, boys: Claremore 160, Tahlequah 85, Skiatook 80, Vinita 70, Grove 67, Pittsburg 65, Miami 49, Inola 30, Jay 21, Claremore ‘B’ 14, Stilwell 8.
Lester Garber Riverton Relays
RIVERTON — The Girard boys won first and the girls second in the Lester Garber Riverton Relays on Tuesday, a competition filled with some of the best track athletes from the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee and Three Rivers leagues.
Page 3 of 4 - Drew Davied of Girard has won every varsity meet to start his track career: 6 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault on Tuesday. Davied outjumped Ryan Rakestraw of Southeast and Ian Duncan of St. Mary’s Colgan by six inches. Good news: all three CNC League athletes are underclassmen, Davied a freshman and Rakestraw and Duncan sophomores.
Girard won the 4x400 relay in 3 minutes, 42 seconds and the 4x800 in 9:03.
Caleb Egbert finished second in the pole vault in 9-0, Nathan Hughes second in the 1600 in 5:02 and Taylor Lewis second in the 200 in 23.90.
Long distance specialist Jonny Adamson of Colgan won the 1,600 in 4:54 and the 3,200 in 10:27. Drew Casey won gold for Colgan in the javelin with a toss of 153-0. Adamson also finished third in the 800 in 2:15.
Recent school record breaker Taylor Johnson of Frontenac won the pole vault with a mark of 11-0 and the 4x100 took first with a time of 45.85.
Rakestraw won the triple jump with a mark of 43-0 and Southeast senior Austin Lovewell won the 800 with a time of 2:14. Rakestraw also finished second in the 300 hurdles in 43.89.
Northeast junior Noah Popejoy won the shot put with a toss of 42-10.
The Vikings showed up big in the long jump with 2-4-5 finishes by Killian Willard (19-6), J.T. Richardson (19-2) and Antonio Slingluff (18-9).
Richardson finished second in the triple jump (41-3 3/4) and fourth in the 100 (11.92). Willard took fourth in the triple jump (39-11 3/4).
On the girls side, Girard had Kinsey Casley win the shot put in 32-2, Audrey Bauer win the discus in 90-3/4, its 4x400 (4:32.26) and its 4x800 (11:21.4) finish second, freshman Brinkley Born second in the pole vault at 6-6, Bauer second in the javelin at 100-4, its 4x100 third in 54.71, Hayden Bauer third in the 400 at 1:06.08 and Tara Miller third in the 110 high hurdles in 18.40.
Aliee Story in the long jump (14-11), Halee Pace in the 400 (65.20), Moira Myers in the 800 (2:37), the 4x400 (4:27.33) and the 4x800 (10:57.87) all won gold for the Colgan girls.
Rachel Bole of Southeast, a league champion in the event last year, won the javelin with a mark of 105-4.
Kaylee Bogina of Northeast won both the 1,600 (5:41.81) and the 3,200 (11:55.41).
Lauren Hipfl of Frontenac placed second in the shot put (31-5) and the discus (88-1 3/4). Kinsella Brunetti finished second in the 100 in 13.37.
Team results, girls: Galena 98, Girard 97, Colgan 81, Frontenac 71, Southeast 47.5, St. Paul 43, Baxter Springs 40, Riverton 23.5, Northeast 20, Erie 13, Columbus 4, Chetopa 0.
Team results, boys: Girard 88, Riverton 77.5, Baxter Springs 62, Colgan 59, Northeast 54, Columbus 51, Southeast 48, Frontenac 44, Erie 33, Galena 22, St. Paul 7, Chetopa 0, Commerce 0, Diamond 0, Quapaw 0.
The Labette County Grizzlies earned first place, St. Mary’s Colgan finished in fifth and only three strokes behind Columbus and third place Independence, and host Pittsburg pleased head coach Merle Clark on Tuesday in the Pittsburg Invitational at Crestwood Country Club.
Page 4 of 4 - “Our team showed significant improvement from the first tournament and as a coach, that’s what you’re looking for,” Clark said.
Jon Commons led Pittsburg with a round of 96, shooting matching 48s on the front and back nines.
Colgan placed two golfers in the top 10 — sophomore Bailey Beykirch earned fifth with a 80 and senior David Misasi ninth with a 82. Beykirch shot a 38 on the back nine, one of the best scores of the day.
Labette County filled three of the top four individual spots and shot 17 strokes lower than runner-up Iola. Gilvon Darkis won the event with a 78, Braden Page finished third with a 79 and Austin Krewson carded a 80. Darkis shot matching 39s, while Page and Krewson shot 37s on the back nine.
Shane Walden of Iola finished second with a round of 79.
Team results: Labette County 320, Iola 337, Independence 342, Columbus 342, Colgan 345, Coffeyville 349, Fort Scott 357, Parsons 380, Chanute 388, Pittsburg 396.
Top 10: Gilvon Darkis, Labette County 39-39—78; Shane Walden, Iola 38-41—79; Braden Page, Labette County 42-37—79; Austin Krewson, Labette County 43-37—80; Bailey Beykirch, Colgan 42-38—80; Dawson Soper, Columbus 42-39—81; Kaden Macha, Iola 42-40—82; Jonathan Allen, Fort Scott 42-40—82; David Misasi, Colgan 40-42—82; Joey Sanders, Parsons 40-43—83.
Colgan (345): Bailey Beykirch 42-38—80, David Misasi 40-42—82, Freddie Elmer 46-44—90, Brandon Emerson 48-45—93, Brock Jameson 46-47—93, Jonah Dellasega 50-54—104.
Pittsburg (396): Jon Commons 48-48—96, Justin Wuerdeman 45-53—98, Alex Smith 46-52—98, Calvin Thyer 49-55—104, Quentin Sams 50-55—105, Jake Austin 55-51—106.