By KEVIN THOMPSON
LAKIN — Ask Scott City coach Ranae Baker to grade how her Thursday went and she'd probably say it was a B — above average but not stellar.
Her Lady Beavers split a pair of softball games in a triangular, falling to league rival Colby 12-6 then beating Lakin 13-0 in five innings.
Colby beat Lakin 13-1 earlier in the afternoon to go 2-0 for the day.
Against Lakin, Scott City got on the board right away. After two outs in the first, Kiersten Dearden singled to left, Karli Cooper walked, and Carissa Chelemedos drove in both with a long single to left.
The Beavers scored three in the third, the big blow being a leadoff home run by Audrey Baker.
Then the Scott City bats found a rhythm in the fourth inning as Kait Thornburg, Leiken Hickey and Baker hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to start the inning. That and two Lakin errors led to a five-run inning that saw 10 Beavers go to bat.
Three more runs in the final inning behind nine batters gave Scott City the run-rule win.
Hickey on the mound, and the defense behind her, held Lakin to no more than four batters an inning. Hickey scattered five hits and struck out four for the win.
The Scott City bats actually came to life in the Colby game. Down 11-0 in the fourth, the Beavers used two home runs by Cooper to extend the game to the limit, scoring six runs in the final four innings and holding Colby to just two.
That momentum transferred to their next game as Scott City used patience at the plate to coax walks off the Lady Broncs' Karlee Davidson then used the lumber to plate the runs.
All of that looked pretty good to coach Baker.
"We've been hitting the ball pretty well most of our season," she said. "Giving up 10 runs early like that hurt us. Otherwise, I think we stay right with them."
For Lakin coach Eric Jorgensen, the two losses are slight setbacks at a time when he was seeing his team make progress.
"We didn't have a good hitting day. We didn't put the bat on the ball like we should," he said. "We spent all week hitting the ball and thought we were ready, but we weren't."
Eight errors in the two games were disappointing, but it's better than the doubling of that number at the start of the season, Jorgensen said.
"We have a young, inexperienced team and we have to look at making progress the rest of the year," he said.
Both Scott City and Colby took advantage of pitcher Davidson's wildness Thursday, but the freshman has normally been more controlled, Jorgensen said.
"As a freshman, she has done an excellent job. She's going to have struggles. It's going to be an up-and-down battle, but she's handled it with great composure," he said.
Mental lapses also contributed to the losses, but Jorgensen hopes his team will use that as motivation to focus better the remainder of the season and maybe get another shot at Scott City in regionals.
"Having Scott City in regionals, we needed to have a closer game," Jorgensen said. "Maybe we can get some redemption when we go there and get better in the meantime."
Scott City moves to 6-6 for the season while Lakin falls to 5-9.
Scott City 13, Lakin 0
Scott City 203 53 -- 13 9 1
Lakin 000 00 -- 0 5 4
WP - Hickey. LP - Davidson.
2B - Thornburg, Hickey, Baker. HR - Baker. LOB - Scott City 3, Lakin 4.
Colby 13, Lakin 1
Colby 512 203 -- 13 11 1
Lakin 001 000 -- 1 5 4
WP - Mengel. LP - Davidson. 2B - Curry. LOB - Colby 11, Lakin 7.
Colby 12, Scott City 6
Colby 550 100 1 -- 12 15 2
Scott City 000 220 2 -- 6 5 0
WP - Curry. LP - Hickey. 2B - Koerperich, Gawith, Wark. HR - Cooper 2, Curry. LOB - Colby 8, Scott City 5.