Cloud County picks up first win, 9-7
NEOSHO, Mo. — Erupting for nine runs in the first inning, the Cloud County Community College softball team captured its first win of the season by defeating Mineral Area College 9-7 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Cloud County was beaten 14-10 in the second game of the twinbill, which was part of the Crowder Bash.
The Thunderbirds (1-9) suffered a pair of one-run losses on Saturday.
Mineral Area put up two runs in the top of the first inning in game one.
Cloud County answered with nine runs in the bottom of the inning.
“We haven't seen an inning like that in quite a while. It was encouraging,” Cloud County coach Aaron Acree said, “I thought we kind of relaxed on offense after that. It would have been nice to see us build on that first inning, but we did continue to hit the ball hard, just right at people.”
The T-Birds would go scoreless over the next five innings.
Mineral Area tacked on one run in the second inning, two in the third, and two in the top of the seventh to make it a 9-7 game.
Alyssa Corpus pitched the first three innings, and gave up two earned runs.
Madison Hammond worked the final four innings. She allowed two unearned runs on four hits and struck out three.
Mikayla Bletscher had three hits in four at bats and drove in three runs for the T-Birds.
Jacie Marcotte was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in.
Mineral Area put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and one in the second to grab a 4-0 lead in game two.
Cloud County tied the game with four runs in the top of the third inning.
A run in the bottom of the third gave the Cardinals the lead back at 5-4.
The T-Birds scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning and two in the fifth to go up 9-5.
Mineral Area answered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead at 10-9.
The Cardinals then tacked on four runs in the sixth inning, and led 14-9.
Cloud County added one run in the top of the seventh.
The T-Birds pounded out 12 hits in the game.
“We hit the ball extremely well, and everyone was hitting the ball hard, seeing the ball well,” Acree said, “We had a lead slip away in game two because of errors, and we can't continue to do that. We're just waiting on everything to gel.”
Emily Wells had three hits in five at bats.
Kara Chisholm was 2-for-3.
Cloud County, taking the field for the first time in three weeks because of snow, was beaten 5-4 by Three Rivers Community College and 6-5 by Mineral Area in the first two games of the Crowder Bash played Saturday in Joplin, Mo.
“You could tell we haven't been on a field to practice because we played pretty solid on the infield, but we had a couple of hiccups in the outfield with misread fly balls and overthrows,” Acree said, “Just mistakes you can't have, and they are from not being outside and reading ball of the bat.”
Three Rivers took a 2-0 lead on the T-Birds in the top of the first inning.
Cloud County put up three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Kennedy Doherty singled to drive in Marcotte.
Emily Wells knocked in two runs in with a base hit.
Three Rivers tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the top of the third inning.
Mattison Hogrefe led off the bottom of the third with a single. She scored on a ground ball by Alyssa Corpus to give the T-Birds a 4-3 advantage.
A run in the fourth inning pulled Three Rivers even at 4-4.
Three Rivers took advantage of a walk and a Cloud County error to score what proved to be the winning run in the top of the fifth inning.
Neither team would score after that.
Cloud County and Mineral Area College were tied at 3-3 through two innings in the second game on Saturday.
The T-Birds went up 5-3 with two runs in the top of the third inning.
Mineral Area scored three run in the bottom of the third to go up 6-5 and shut out Cloud County over the final two innings.
The game ended after five innings because of darkness.
Marcotte took the loss. She gave up six runs, one earned, on 10 hits, struck out one and did not walk any.
Cloud County had seven players collect at least one hit.
Sarah McCown was 2-for-3 at the plate.
The T-Birds are scheduled to play the Bethany College junior varsity in Lindsborg on Tuesday and the McPherson College junior varsity in McPherson on Wednesday.