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GBHS softball sweeps Dodge in WAC matchup
Panthers finish as runners-up in conference

DODGE CITY — Great Bend’s softball team completed a sweep of Dodge City with a 7-5 and 12-6 doubleheader sweep. Great Bend (12-4, 6-2) finishes as runner-up in the Western Athletic Conference while Dodge City drops to 0-6, 6-10.

The Red Demons were a tag away from a stunning 3-2 softball victory. But a slide by Carly Dreiling kicked the ball away from catcher Grace Ruehle for the tying seventh-inning run. Dreiling dashed for home when the ball squirted away after Kendal Sell’s slide at home on Lauren Welsch’s bunt attempt.
The Panthers scored four more runs with two out. Hannah Honomichl and Lauren Welsch scored on Kaylee Unruh’s two-run single. Hunter Marcum’s single scored Unruh. Emma Cape’s single scored Marcum for a 7-3 lead. Dodge City scored on Ruehle’s two-run single in the seventh inning.
Six Great Bend errors and three unearned runs handed Dodge City a 3-2 lead.
Dodge City’s Reagan Lopp scored the go-ahead sixth-inning run after running for catcher Grace Ruehle. Emily Stephenson bunted Lopp to second base. Pitcher Hunter Marcum struck out Jessica Olivarez, but Lopp scored when Baily Shelor’s groundball was missed.
Marcum was touched for two unearned fourth-inning runs. Reiyna Cecil singled, moved to second on a bunt by Ruehle and scored on an error. Emily Stephenson reached on an infield error and scored on a throwing error for a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers squared the game 2-2 on a pair of fifth-inning unearned runs. Welsch singled and moved to second base on Kaylee Unruh’s bunt. Marcum reached on an error and Allison Neeland singled to load the bases. Cape’s walk forced home Welsch. Marcum scored on Morgan Kottas’ groundout for a 2-2 tie.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the sixth inning when Welsch and Unruh singled after Hannah Honomichl walked. But Dodge City pitcher Mattisyn Tieben retired Marcum and Neeland pop outs and Cape on a groundout to preserve a 2-2 tie.

The Panthers’ eighth and ninth hitters Baylee Beck and Emma Cape combined for six hits, four runs and three RBIs. The Panthers featured five innings where they scored at least two runs.
The Panthers scored their first two runs without a hit as Cape drove in a run. Carly Dreiling scored on a wild pitch and Welsch delivered an RBI single for a 4-2 lead.
Cape singled in Beck and Morgan Kottas and Welsch delivered RBIs in a three-run fourth inning for a 7-2 lead. Brooklyn Burkhart scored on an error when the throw hit her in the helmet and Kendal Sell hit a sacrifice fly for a 9-2 lead. Beck and Kottas drilled RBIs in a three-run sixth for a 12-5 lead.
Pitcher Hannah Honomichl worked seven innings.
Dodge City hit four doubles, a triple and home run by Emily Stephenson. Baily Shelor doubled twice and drove in two runs.