Panther softball rolls to sweep
BY JIM MISUNAS
Great Bend pitchers Shanaeia Mehlhaff and Sarah Mehlhaff dominated to spark the Panthers to a softball sweep over Liberal 12-2 and 9-1 in Friday’s Western Athletic Conference opener. Great Bend (4-2, 2-0 WAC) plays Kingman at home Tuesday.
GREAT BEND 12, LIBERAL 2 (G1) – Aleah Urban homered and Kaylee Unruh and Shanaeia Mehlhaff each drove home two runs.
Nohemi Gomez singled home Whitney Hay for a 1-0 lead. The Panthers scored four first-inning runs. Aleah Urban scored on an error. Alyssa Keller and Jenna Mauler scored on bases-loaded walks. Kaylee Unruh scored on a passed ball.
Urban ignited a four-run second inning with a inside-the-park homer. Kaylee Unruh’s single scored Keller after a double. Shailey Clark scored on a bases-loaded hit batter. Kaylee Unruh scored on a passed ball for an 8-1 lead.
Unruh’s single scored Keller for a 9-1 lead after three innings. Milly McClure scored Liberal’s second run.
The Panthers ended the game with a four-run fifth inning. Clark’s double scored Mauler. Mara Fletchall’s single scored Clark. Cailee McMullen scored on a wild pitch to end the game on the 10-run rule.
GREAT BEND 9, LIBERAL 1 (G2) – Sarah Mehlaff struck out 10 batters and threw a one-hitter against Liberal. Great Bend’s Urban drove home three runs.
The Redskins led 1-0 when McClure scored on a first-inning error.
Great Bend scored eight third-inning runs off pitcher Milly McClure.
Mauler singled home Keller to trigger the eight-run inning. Clark tripled home Mauler. Clark scored on McKayla Williams’ sacrifice fly. Urban’s bases-loaded triple scored Fletchall, Shanaeia Mehlhaff and Sydney Unruh. Urban scored on an error. Mauler’s
single scored Keller for an 8-1 lead.
Fletchall’s sacrifice fly scored Kaylee Unruh for a fourth-inning run.
Liberal 100 01 – 2 3 1
Great Bend 441 03 – 12 15 1
Chaloupek and McClure. Shanaeia Mehlhaff and Unruh. W—Shanaeia Mehlhaff. L—McClure. 2B—GB—Keller 2, Mauler, Clark; L—Torres. HR—GB—Unban.
Liberal 100 000 0 – 1 1 2
Great Bend 008 100 x – 9 9 4
McClure and Torres. Sarah Mehlhaff and Unruh. W—Sarah Mehlhaff. L—McClure. 2B—GB—Clark. 3B—GB—Clark, Urban.
Garden City 2-0 6-0
Great Bend 2-0 4-2
Dodge City 1-1 7-1
Hays High 1-3 3-3
Liberal 0-2 4-2
TUESDAY—Garden City 9-5, 11-3 Hays High
THURSDAY—Dodge City 6, Hays High 2; Hays High 7, Dodge City 6; Garden City 11-1, 12-2 Hays-TMP
FRIDAY—Great Bend 12-2, 9-1 Liberal