T-Birds split with Hutch

Sophomore Kelsey Jones threw a one-hitter to lead the Cloud County Community College softball team to a 1-0 Jayhawk Conference Eastern division win over Hutchinson on Tuesday.
Jones struck out seven and didn't walk any in the victory.
Cloud County fell 4-3 to Hutchinson in the other game of the twinbill, and is now 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the Conference.
The T-Birds gave Jones two runs to work with in the bottom of the first inning.
Brianna Brooks tripled with one out, and scored on a triple by Sierra Eason.
Jones drove in Eason.
Cloud County made it 4-0 with two runs in the third inning.
Ashley Johnson reached base on an error and Kasie Garrison doubled.
Kylie Trobee and Nicole DeMars singled home runs.
The T-Birds tacked on two runs in the fourth inning.
Brooks was hit by a pitch and Eason walked.
Ashley Johnson knocked in the first run with a single.
Eason scored on a ground ball by Garrison.
Cloud County scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
DeMars and Sami Zirkle singled.
Brooks doubled in a run, and Zirkle scored on a ground ball by Eason.
Brooks, Johnson, Trobee and DeMars had two hits each for the T-Birds. Eason drove in two runs.
Cloud County took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Hutchinson in the other game.
Eason doubled and scored.
The Blue Dragons scored one run in the third inning, two in the fourth and one in the top of the seventh to go up 4-1.
Garrison led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, and Trobee followed with a two-run home run to close the gap to 4-3.
Madison Bryant singled with one out, but was thrown out at second.
Zirkle singled, but a ground ball ended the game.
Savanna Luke pitched four innings in taking the loss. She allowed three runs on three hits, struck out five and walked four.
Alysha Somerton worked three innings, and gave up one run on two hits. She struck out four.
Zirkle had three hits in the game.
Johnson had two hits.

SPORTS

Beloit squeezes out pair of wins over Blues

 Beloit scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to squeeze out a 3-2 and complete a sweep of the Concordia Blues in an American Legion Baseball doubleheader Wednesday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.  The game was tied at 2-2 through seven innings of play.... [More]

Citizens National Bank defeats F&A

 Citizens National Bank gave up just two runs in beating F&A Food Sales twice in a K-18 Baseball doubleheader Tuesday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.  Billy Bechard tossed a two-hitter as Citizens National Bank won the first game, 8-0. He struck out eight... [More]

More Sports

NEWS

Smiths get a bang out of operating fireworks stand

 A great place to buy fireworks since 2002, Kent and Julie Smith's fireworks stand attracts people from all over.   Along with a set of regular customers from the area, people from Texas and Nebraska stopped by once and just keep coming back.  "Fourth of... [More]

July 2nd edition of the Blade-Empire delayed

Due to a mechanical breakdown, Thursday's edition of the Blade-Empire will not reach mail subscribers until Monday, July 6. We apologize for the inconvenience.

City takes no action on Broadway Plaza bid

 The Concordia city commission took no action Wednesday night on a bid for the construction of Broadway Plaza.  On Tuesday, the city received only one bid for the construction of the Plaza – from Budreau Construction, Clyde – in the amount of $862,300. City... [More]

More News

OPINIONS

Prairie Pondering

Youth and horses . . .  Since we all are so accustomed to being aware of wars, hunger, hatred and need all over the world, we may tend to become oblivious to the better things in our lives if we but look and think.  What clearly brought that into focus was recently... [More]

In the Mean Time

 Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter.  It must begin with your own thoughts and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises. (A Course in Miracles)  Charlie Brown laments, “No matter how I try... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos