A 10-0 win in Great Bend’s WAC series opener against Dodge City was just the tip of the iceberg for what the Panthers had in store for their guests. The home team pounded out 13 hits in game two and coasted to a 17-0 blowout of the Demons to claim a 2-0 sweep.
“The ladies came out and played hard today,” said Panther head coach Carrie Minton. “They made the necessary adjustments at the plate and once they did, we hit the ball really well.”
The Panthers had some big plays offensively in Tuesday’s first game with Lauren Welsch and Dakota Sanders each posting two-run home runs. Hunter Middleton had a double in the victory. Kacee Kasselman totaled an RBI while Welsch, Regan Unruh, Morgan Kottas and Sanders had a pair of RBI each. Sanders and Hannah Mauler also had stolen bases.
Hunter Middleton (7-1) threw a two-hitter in Tuesday’s first round while picking up the complete shutout victory. Middleton retired 14 opposing batters in the process.
Middleton racked up a no hitter after three innings in the second game which was called early due to the mercy rule. Following Tuesday’s wins against DC, Middleton has totaled 63 strike outs on the season and boasts an ERA of 1.36.
“Hunter did a tremendous job in the circle today,” said Minton. “She shut down their bats from the start of the day, chalking up 21 strikeouts and adding another perfect game to her resume.”
The Panthers improve to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in WAC competition. Great Bend will participate in the Sunflower Classic (Kansas City) this Friday and Saturday.