Sweet sweep for softballers
The De Soto softball team ran into all sorts of problems both expected and unexpected Tuesday in its doubleheader against Central Heights.
The Cats left the bases loaded in the first inning of the first game, then did it again in the second inning. They left two on in the third.
That many runners on base, it's really the recipe for disaster -- unless of course 17 other runners find a way to cross the plate.
De Soto won both ends of its doubleheader in titanic fashion, knocking off Central Heights in four innings in the first game, 17-2, and in five in the second, 13-3.
"We give out power paw (stickers) to every runner that gets on base twice in a game," Wildcat coach Sissy Fletcher said. "I had to give one to everyone. Everyone was on twice. It was fantastic."
It's exactly the kind of problem Fletcher said she loves to have -- too much offense. The Cats were improved on defense in a pair of opening-day losses to Wellsville, but put together their most complete games in two seasons Tuesday.
De Soto also swept Central Heights last season, but it was nothing like this. The Cats edged the Vikings in the first game a year ago 11-7, then won 8-0.
"It felt good. Last year we barely beat them, and had to come back in the seventh inning, but this year it was good to be winning by so much, so we didn't have to worry.
"It's a different feeling, to have the kids hit the ball so hard and play so well really makes you feel good."
Fletcher said amid tremendous performances across the diamond, Meagan Bliss stood out. Bliss scored two runs in the first game and had a two-RBI triple in the second inning.
Katie Williams and Jessica Pennington scored three runs in the first game and three other Cats scored twice.
A nine-run third inning that saw four-straight hits really blew the game open.
Jordan Burford and Williams each scored three times in the second game while three more Cats added two.
De Soto scored five each in the fourth and fifth innings to take control.
"They're all really excited," Fletcher said. "We're trying to work on things in practice and just trying to keep their intensity up. It dropped a little in that second game, but they still came back and played great.
"We just want to keep it up."
De Soto plays again Thursday at Osawatomie before returning home Tuesday to host Baldwin.