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Morning Sun
  • Southeast softball splits with Riverton

  • The Southeast Lancers used a third-inning surge of six runs to help them to a 6-4 victory over the Riverton Rams in game one before dropping game two 7-4 in a split doubleheader.



    "We knew it was going to be a good game and I thought our girls did well," Southeast head coach Mike Bowman said. "They (Riverton) had a heck of a pitcher."

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  • The Southeast Lancers used a third-inning surge of six runs to help them to a 6-4 victory over the Riverton Rams in game one before dropping game two 7-4 in a split doubleheader.
    "We knew it was going to be a good game and I thought our girls did well," Southeast head coach Mike Bowman said. "They (Riverton) had a heck of a pitcher."
    An error gave way to an early 1-0 lead for the Rams and they followed it up with another before the end of the second inning.
    The Lancers took control of the game with an Alex Yeoman run. The Lancers added more runs with Zoey Ball tying the game and then Tori Colvin and Tessa Robin gave Southeast a 4-2 advantage. Amy Martin and Kalee Ewbank found home plate to give the Lancers a four-run lead in the bottom of the third. It was all they needed to secure victory in the first game even though the Rams would score two more runs before the conclusion.
    "I was really pleased when we put up a bunch of runs early on in the third inning," Bowman said. "They were hard-hit balls and that got us going. Both pitchers pitched well."
    Shelby Mitchell was the starting pitcher in both games for the Rams while Olivia Powell pitched both games for the Lancers.
    The second game got off to a good start for Southeast as Colvin's run off an error gave the Lancers the lead. The game stayed at the 1-0 score until the Rams came through in the fourth to put together a series of runs.
    A hit by Mitchell sent her to second and a Madison Hull got on base before a hit by Skyler Henderson sent the two home for a 2-1 lead. Henderson would later score to double the lead in the same inning.
    Martin's hit went deep into centerfield to send her to third and set up a scoring chance for the Lancers. But it would not result in a run.
    Alex Green scored off a hit by Hull in the fifth and the Rams added three more runs in the sixth which led to a pitching change with Ariel Leone taking over on the mound for the rest of the night.
    "We noticed that their pitcher didn't change anything but our girls just waited too long on those outside pitches," Bowman said.
    Powell's run in the bottom of the sixth sparked some life into the Lancers and they scored twice more in the seventh but not enough to overcome the deficit.
    "I was really pleased when the girls made that run in the bottom of the seventh," Bowman said. "I really thought that we could come back and win this game."
    Page 2 of 2 - Kylee Ewbank's run was followed by a run from Tessa Robin to score after a hit by Powell. But a double play by the Rams ended the game.
    "That shortstop made a heck of a play and doubled us off," Bowman said. "But we're looking good and playing with a lot of confidence and we have half the season to go."
    Bowman said there was some fatigue on his players, particularly at pitcher.
    "I think I should've pulled Olivia Powell in that sixth inning because she was getting tired," Bowman said. "She's a very strong competitive person. If I had to do it over again, I would've made the pitching change in that sixth inning."
    The Lancers will next go on the road to Liberal (Mo.) today and then take on St. Mary's Colgan in Pittsburg on Thursday. The Lancers are now at 7-2 overall.
    On the baseball diamond, Riverton won the first game 7-4 and the score of the second game was not available at press time.
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