Big second inning sparks Larks softball in home opener

The Hesston College softball team scored five runs in the second inning as the Larks defeated Central (Neb.) Community College 12-7 Tuesday afternoon at Hesston City Diamond.

The Larks gave up an early solo home run to Mackenzie Eller, putting the Raiders up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Hesston responded with a five-run bottom of the second inning. Freshman infielder Kendall Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) connected on a two-run single to right field to give the Larks a 2-1 lead. Sophomore outfielder Ally Steiner followed up with another 2-run single to left field to go ahead 4-1.

Freshman infielder Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) added an RBI single and the Larks saw themselves up 8-1 before the Raiders scored five runs in the top of the fifth to pull things within 8-6. The Larks loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and plated four more runs. The Raiders tallied one in the seventh but it wasn’t enough. Larks pitcher Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) went the distance, picking up the win.

Hesston dropped the second game to Central, 6-3. The Raiders took a 2-0 lead and went on to hold off the Larks. With the split, Hesston College moves to 3-3 on the year. “We are off to decent start, but we have some work to do.” Head Coach Andrew Sharp commented. The Larks will be back on the road for their next game Tuesday, February 21. Hesston will see Bethany College JV. First pitch vs. the Swedes will be at 3 p.m. in Lindsborg.