HOLCOMB — In any baseball or softball game, a single inning can mean the difference between getting ahead of your opponent or getting off track.
The Holcomb Lady Longhorns experienced that as they scored eight runs in the fourth inning and held off Scott City to end the game early and defeat the Lady Beavers 11-0 on Monday in Holcomb.
Holcomb got on the board in the second inning, as Katie Pfeifer took advantage of an Lady Beaver error that scored Keyanna Sauvain and Kelsy Wilkerson to go up 2-0. The Lady Longhorns would follow up with another run in the third inning, as Haley Becker drove in Taylor Deniston on a double.
But it was the fourth inning that made the difference. Wilkerson led off by reaching on a crucial catching error by Scott City's first baseman Bailey Nickel. The Lady Longhorns' next four batters got hits, and Holcomb withstood two outs to get everyone else in the lineup to score at least one run in the inning.
Holcomb's defensive performance was just as dominant, as they allowed just two hits.
For Holcomb head coach Jennifer Barrett, hitting was paramount for the Lady Longhorns.
"We hit the ball pretty well today, we've been working real hard all week on hitting off of live pitching and making sure we stay up and swing level and hit it hard and good things will happen, and today the girls hit the ball well," said Barrett. "We made plays when we needed to."
Holcomb also got the benefit of team play as well.
"They played well as a whole group, they were all cheering and in the game," Barrett said. "When you play like that, it's fun to be around."
For the Lady Beavers however, being held to two hits and committing two crucial errors were a problem. For Scott City head coach Ranae Baker, those statistics held the squad back.
"We didn't hit the ball and allowed too many unearned runs for them." Baker said. "Two base hits isn't gonna cut it."
For Scott city, there was not a lot to make the day better for the rebuilding squad.
"Audrey Baker hit the ball the ball pretty hard everytime she was at bat," said Baker. "But that doesn't work if you don't have base runners."
Scott City ends its season with a record of 5-14.
Holcomb plays at 4 p.m. today against top-seeded Goodland in the regional semifinal, with the winner going on to play the championship game later this evening at 6 p.m. against either Russell or Lakin.
Lakin 16, SW Heights 1
Lakin got on the board early and paced itself to a 16-1 win over Southwestern Heights on Monday at Holcomb.
The Lady Broncs mashed 26 hits, while Southwestern Heights had nine.
But it was the eight Lady Mustang errors which Lakin usd to get ahead and to eventually end the game on run rules after four innings.
Six of Lakin's players each got a double.
With the win, Lakin faces Russell today in Holcomb at 4 p.m., with the winner playing the regional championship at 6 p.m. against either Goodland or Holcomb.
See linescores in Scoreboard, Page B2.