HAVEN — Powerhouse Haven rolled past Larned’s softball team 18-2 and 15-5 in a pair of run-rule victories Tuesday.
Larned dropped to 0-4 in the Central Kansas League. Haven improved to 5-1 in league. Halstead travels to Larned Friday.
Larned coach Dustin Wilson said the Indians must perform better defensively to compete against the top teams in the CKL.
“We are struggling to find consistency in the field,” Wilson said. “We showed flashes in the second game that we can compete with some very good teams, but we have to be able to avoid the mental mistakes that lead to the physical miscues. Our offense is going to be fine. We are hitting the ball hard on most trips to the plate. We have to be able to put all three phases of the game together at one time.”
Haven’s Samantha Stallbaumer hit home runs in both games and scored four runs in the opener. The Wildcats scored 33 runs and took advantage of Larned’s errors and walks permitted by the pitchers.
Larned’s Annie Russum and Tymarra Bryant scored runs in the opener. Bryant and Erin Smith had singles.
In the second game, Bryant tripled and scored a run. Mattie Glover doubled. Shay Shepherd, Alexis Langdon and Maci Perez scored first-inning runs and Perez drove in a run. Kelsey Parr scored Larned’s fifth run and Langdon earned a runs batted in.
Haven’s Stallbaumer and Bailey Brawner homered.
HAVEN 18, LARNED 2
Larned 020 — 2
Haven 549 — 18
Shepherd and Langdon. Brawner and Stuckey. W—Brawner. L—Shepherd. 2B—H, Davis; 3B—H, Nisly, Stuckey. HR—H, Stallbaumer.
HAVEN 15, LARNED 5
Larned 300 11 — 5
Haven 350 7x — 15
Glover and Langdon. Brawner and Stuckey W—Brawner. L—Glover. L, Glover. 3B—L, Bryant; HR—H, Stallbaumer, Brawner.
Smoky Valley 2-2
Haven 18-15, Larned 2-5
Pratt 15-10, Halstead 0-2
Lyons 23-9, Sterling 1-3
Kingman 11-11, Hesston 10-4
Hillsboro 10-5, Hoisington 0-3
Smoky Valley 13-18, Nickerson 0-5
Kingman at Smoky Valley
Sterling at Hesston
Halstead at Larned
Pratt at Hoisington