PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School softball team finished out its regular season with a pair of home wins against Labette County, 7-2 and 5-1, Tuesday.
The Purple Dragons scored two runs in the first against the Grizzlies before adding on insurance runs with on in the second, three in the fourth and another in the sixth inning. After winning the opener, PHS battled with Labette County in the second game to a 1-1 tie through four innings. Pittsburg came up big with five runs in the fifth inning to pull away for the sweep.
“Our kids have played really well over the last three weeks,” Pittsburg head coach Sarah Wall said. “Tonight, we played well.
“The top of our lineup is producing hits and getting us into a position to score runs...It’s just hitting the ball hard, hitting the ball well and executing. That’s something we’ve really been working since the beginning of the season.”
The Purple Dragons wrap up their season with a 9-11 record, finishing 8-4 in the SEK to finish in second place.
“That’s a big deal for our program,” Wall said. “With the way we started, I truly believe we are one of the best 9-11 teams out there...We’ve told our girls all year that it’s not how your start, it’s how you finish. We feel like we are playing our best softball right now.”
Caitlin Burdick earned a pair of wins in the circle for the Purple Dragons. In the opener, she allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out one. Burdick gave up two runs, one earned, in the second game, striking out three in the win.
“Caitlin is our go-to pitcher all the time,” Wall said. “It is tough to pitch 14 innings. She is doing a good job of hitter her spots...I was very pleased with Caitlin’s effort.”
In the first game, Vanessa Yaghmour had three hits – including a double — to lead the Purple Dragons at the plate. She scored twice and drove in a run.
Aubree Beitzinger went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI, whole Madison Vogel had a pair of hits and led Pittsburg with four RBIs.
Burdick had a hit and an RBI in the win, while Myla Turner went 1 for 3 and scored twice.
In the second half of the doubleheader, Beitzinger and Turner each had two hits in the contest for the Purple Dragons. Beitzinger scored twice, with Turner scoring once.
Yaghmour had a double and two RBIs, and Vogel added a hit and a pair of RBIs in the contest.
Abby Harris and Amanda Hoffman were honored between games for senior night at the Pittsburg Softball Field.
Raiders take two from Baxter Springs
FRONTENAC — The Frontenac Raiders notched two wins in the final home games of the season against Baxter Springs 6-5 and 12-4.
The Raiders took the lead in the late innings after trailing three a majority of the game, but after the Lions tied the score in the seventh, the Raiders won the game in walk-off fashion in the eighth inning.
“Our kids played their tails off tonight,” FHS head coach Cassie Rhuems said. “In game one they quit fighting. They continued to battle and gave themselves a chance to win.”
In game two, the Raiders trailed by a run to begin the game, but posted seven runs in the second inning and continued to pour it on throughout to go on and win by eight.
“I thought we did a lot of great things tonight on both sides of the game,” Rhuems said. “We’re going to continue to work and be ready for Monday. I’m super proud of our kids tonight though.”