Lady Buffs softball earns split; Larsen paces golfers at Great Bend

5/6/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

After being beaten 9-2 in the opener of Monday's doubleheader at Goddard Eisenhower, the Garden City Lady Buffs went back and regrouped and then battled through for a 3-2 victory over the Lady Tigers, earning the split and improving their season record to 11-4.

The Lady Buffs broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the sixth, when Shai Cartmill singled and moved to second on a single by Abbie Dart.

Shea Nordby reached safely when attempting a sacrfice bunt, and the throwing error into right field allowed both Cartmill and Dart to score.

That proved to be enough, but not before the Lady Tigers scored once in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Tigers got a leadoff single by Kaylee Lyda. An error by center fielder Jordan Terrones allowed Lyda to reach second, and then she advanced to third on a sacrifice.

Dart, who picked up the victory, then induced a pop up to second and struck out Kilah Hoenscheidt, who had homered earlier, to end the game.

"The girls did a great job in that seventh inning, with the tying run on second and nobody out," head coach Trina Moquett said. "Abbie really came through with a great performance."

Dart finished the game with six strikeouts, walked just one, while giving up just five hits.

"After that first game, we just told the girls to forget it and move on," Moquett said. "We want them to compete and don't want them to give up, and fight through to the end. I thought it carried over to the second game."

In the opener, the Lady Buffs took an early lead when Dusti Befort belted a home run in the top of the first. They extended the lead to 2-0 in the third when Kennedy Brunson tripled and then came in on an error by Eisenhower shortstop Brynn Minor.

But from that point, it was all Goddard, as the Lady Tigers unloaded on Befort while the Lady Buffs' defense struggled, committing four errors.

In the bottom of the third, Eisenhower produced four hits, Befort hit a batter and walked another and by inning's end, the Lady Tigers had regained the lead at 3-2. From there, it was all Goddard. Goddard scored twice in the fifth, The Tigers put the game out of reach with a four-run uprising in the sixth, plating four runs as Befort had a pair of wild pitches, the defense committed two more fielding errors, and then Kilah Hoenscheidt belted a 2-run home run.

The Lady Buffs managed just seven hits off Taylor Wenzel, who picked up the victory while Befort suffered just her second loss of the season. She had just two strikeouts while walking five. Wenzel, meanwhile, struck out eight and walked just one. Goddard picked up nine hits in the victory.

The Lady Buffs will be back on the road Friday and Saturday for the Emporia Spartan Classic. They will take on Andover Central at 6 p.m. Friday and then meet Winfield at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Boys golf

At Great Bend on Monday, the Garden City Buffaloes boys golf team placed third among seven teams, firing a four-man total of 333 while Western Athletic Conference foes Hays High and Dodge City claimed the top two spots with scores of 318 and 330.

Freshman Taylor Larsen, who tied for first with a 77 but lost a two-hole playoff and placed second, was the low score for the Buffaloes.

Logan Durst was next with an 84, Austin Swender had an 85 while both Tucker Schiffelbein and Lucas Goss had 87s, one of which was used to figure into the Buffs' scoring. Connor Schultz had an 89.

"We just made too many mistakes, and it seems like we're struggling on tree-lined courses," head coach Walker Frey said. "We made a bunch of doubles and triples (bogeys), and if you eliminate those just into bogeys, we finish second and even maybe challenge for first."

The Buffs continue their central Kansas road swing today as they are playing in the 36-hole Hesston/Newton Invitational. The first 18 holes were to be played at 8 a.m. at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton and the second 18 was slated for a 2:30 p.m. tee off at Hesston Municipal Golf Park.

Note: Monday night, the USD 457 Board of Education approved the hiring of Frey as the girls' golf coach for the 2014 season. He replaces Melinda Base, who had coached the previous two seasons. She resigned earlier this spring due to personal reasons.

"I've enjoyed coaching the boys and am looking forward to coaching the girls," said Frey, himself a former GCHS golfer. "We've got a good group of returning golfers, so I think we'll have a chance to have a good team."

Results, linescores in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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