ARKANSAS CITY — The Hesston College softball team won three of four games in recent days, setting a school record in the process.
Sunday, the Larks hosted the Kansas State club team, winning 4-3 and 10-2.
In the first game, Hesston scored on a run in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win.
Ashley Yasin pitched a complete game, allowing an earned run on two hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts.
Brianna Baca and Jocelyn Chavez each went three for four hitting. Chavez drove in two runs. Reese McCrary also drove in a run.
The second game was called after six innings on the eight-run rule. Hesston led 2-1 after two innings, adding a run in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Kaylen Lassley went the distance for Hesston, allowing an earned run on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Chavez went three for four hitting with two RBIs. Lexi Avalos went two for three.
Reese McCrary drove in three runs. Sierrah Long drove in two.
Tuesday at Arkansas City, Hesston opened NJCAA Division II, Region VI play. Hesston won the first game 6-5 in nine innings and lost the second game 24-11 in five innings.
Sierrah Long hit a home run in the top of the ninth, which held up as the winning run in the game. Cowley loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but was held scoreless.
The win was Hesston’s first over Cowley since 2014 and just the second since the program was re-established in 2008.
Yasin pitched all nine innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits with four walks and four strikeouts. The win was Yasin’s 24th, making her Hesston’s all-time career leader.
Long went three for five hitting with a home run and two RBIs. Sam Amarante went two for five with two RBIs. Yasin also drove in a run. Taylor Martin went two for five hitting.
For Cowley, Skyler Maga went three for four hitting, driving in two runs. Heidi Nitsch went two for four with an RBI. Brianna Fuchs went two for five. Kacia Hilty and Randi Hamilton each drove in a run.
Logan Wentzel went the distance for Cowley, allowing four earned runs on six hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts.
“I thought our group displayed a ton of poise at keys moments in the opening game,” Hesston coach Andy Sharp said. “It was an impressive win that our kids fought hard for. We need continued growth in some areas, of course, and will continue to work to get better. Overall, there were a lot of great takeaways from Tuesday’s games.”
Cowley opened the second game with 12 runs in the first inning and six in the second to lead 18-3.
Nitsch went two for four for Cowley with four RBIs. Ashton Friend went three for four with three RBIs. LaTaylah Perez went three for five with three RBIs. Randi Hamilton went two for four with three RBIs. Kacia Hilty went three for three with two RBIs. Maga went three for four with two RBIs. Abigale Parks went two for four with two RBIs.
Hilty picked up the win, striking out five in three innings. Madison Lewellen finished the game, striking out three.
Kaylen Lassley took the loss for Hesston, allowing seven earned runs on 20 hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Taylor Martin went three for three hitting for the Larks, driving in two runs. Lindsey James drove in two runs.
Hesston is 15-6 and hosts Garden City Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Yasin (W) and Amarante; Wenzel (L, 4-3) and n/a. HR — H: Long.
Lassley (L) and n/a; Hilty (W, 3-1), Lewallen 4 and n/a.