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Softball Has Big Day, Advances To District B Championship Game

Softball Has Big Day, Advances To District B Championship Game

TOPEKA, Kan. - The KCKCC softball team entered the Plains District B Championship bracket as the No. 5 seed on Saturday. Knowing they would have to win two games to make it to the championship matchup, they were able to prevail by defeating No. 4 seed Johnson County CC 11-5 before shocking No. 1 seed Highland CC 1-0 in eight innings later that same evening. The win over JCCC earlier in the day also gave head coach Lana Ross her 700th career win as a head softball coach.

The Blue Devils are now 42-14 overall.

In the first game against JCCC, the Blue Devils were the away team and came out of the gate fast. The Cavaliers' pitching struggled early as KCKCC was able to cash in three runs on a couple of walks from the opposing pitching staff. In the second frame, the Blue Devils got a hot bat from McKenna Lester as she hit a double to score another pair of runs - giving the Blue Devils a 5-0 lead. JCCC would score their first run in the third inning, but the Blue Devils continued to pile it on in the fourth frame. Lester and Lindsey Gettle each hit RBI singles, while Trinity Tauer hit a pop fly ball that fell in to score another run. Madison Pope was later hit by a pitch and that sent another run across the plate for KCKCC.

Bradi Basler got the start in the circle and shutdown the Cavaliers through the first three innings despite allowing one run. JCCC was able to find some life in the fourth as they cut the deficit to 9-5 at one point, but with KCKCC adding two more runs in the game, Basler settled down and didn't allow another run the rest of the way. 

Against Highland CC neither team could find a run through the regulated seven innings. It was another strong pitching performance by Basler. In the bottom of the eighth inning the Blue Devils were up and with a runner on second base, Kaitlyn Bradbury laid a bunt down the first base line - reaching safely just ahead of the throw. It was then runners on first and third with nobody out when Savannah Maynard hit a sacrifice fly ball to left field to score the winning run as Highland was unable to get the ball to home plate in time. 

The win over Highland now puts KCKCC into the Championship game with a 2-0 record in the Tournament. With forcasted bad weather on Sunday, the Blue Devils will wait to play the championship game on Monday at 2 p.m. at Lake Shawnee Softball Complex in Topeka. KCKCC will play the winner of Highland/Hesston CC, which takes place Monday at 12 p.m. Here's a look at the remaining games in the District B bracket below:

Lake Shawnee Softball Complex - Topeka KS

May 16 - GM5 Noon
 - (1) Highland (40-8) vs (21-29) (8) Hesston  
May 16 - GM6 2PM
 - (5) Kansas City KS (42-14) vs Highland/Hesston Winner (Dist B Championship)
May 16 - GM7 4PM
 - GM6 (If Needed)

A District B Championship win would send the Blue Devils to the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship in Oxford, Ala. May 24-28.