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Avila, Mo. wins KCAC softball title

No. 5 seed Avila, Mo. completed a sweep of the KCAC softball championship with a 2-0 victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan in Friday's final at the Great Bend Sports Complex.

Avila's Chelsea Kurtz singled home Katie Wentworth after a third-inning double. Pinch runner Samanatha Gatica scored on a fourth-inning Mikayla Cotton sacrifice fly Avila starter Chaunelle Penn (8-7) and reliever Payton Walter combined for a 3-hit shutout.

Avila (34-19) qualifies for a NAIA softball regional May 15-17. Avila upset KCAC softball champion Ottawa 4-2 and Oklahoma Wesleyan 4-0 to advance to Friday's championship game. No. 3 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan (39-10) downed Friends 5-1 in the losers bracket final.

OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN 5, FRIENDS 1 (G13) — Oklahoma Wesleyan's Jess Watson delivered a 2-run double and 2-run single. Pitcher Maddy Wiese struck out seven batters.

FRIENDS 11, BETHANY 4 (G12)  — Laila Spracklen drove in three runs and Aleigha Gale and Carolyn Dallimore each drove in two runs.

AVILA 4, OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN 0 (G11) — Avila pitcher Payton Walter (19-7) shut out Oklahoma Wesleyan. Avila converted a trio of errors into a 4-run inning. Chelsea Kurtz scored on a wild pitch and Jordy Pollo scored on an error. Brooke Bellflower and Kat Wilds delivered RBIs.

FRIENDS 5, OTTAWA 1 (G9) — Friends' Alex Vick doubled and drove home two runs. Laila Spracklin (18-7) threw a 3-hitter.

MCPHERSON 4, BETHANY 3 (17 innings) (G10) — McPherson's Kassidy New singled home Lauren Skinner to end a 4-hour marathon. McPherson pitcher Jordyn Johnson (9-9) threw 247 pitches.



FRIDAY—G14—Avila, Mo. 2, Oklahoma Wesleyan 0

THURSDAY—G9—McPherson 4, Bethany 3 (17 innings); G10—Friends 5, Ottawa 1; G11—Avila 4, Oklahoma Wesleyan 0; G12—Friends 11, Bethany 4; G13—Oklahoma Wesleyan 5, Friends 1

WEDNESDAY—FIRST ROUND—Ottawa 7, York, Neb. 3; Avila, Mo. 3, Bethany 1; Oklahoma Wesleyan 3, Kansas Wesleyan 1, 9 innings; McPherson 3, Friends 1

SECOND ROUND—Avila 4, Ottawa 2; Oklahoma Wesleyan 2, McPherson 1, 13 innings

CONSOLATION—Bethany 10, York 2; Friends 9, Kansas Wesleyan 4