Softball News Archive 2014-2015

Softball opens with home sweep

The Hesston College softball team took both games of its season-opening doubleheader against Garden City (Kan.) CC on Friday, Feb. 13. The Larks won 4-3 in the opener and 6-4 in game two.

In game one, freshman Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) got the complete-game win, allowing three earned runs on six hits while fanning eight. Sophomore Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored, while classmate Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) doubled and scored twice. Riley Hannemann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Hannemann went to the circle in the nightcap and mowed down Garden City, striking out 12 to move Hesston to 2-0. The 5’11” freshman allowed three earned runs on three hits in the complete-game win.

Tully capped off a stellar day by going 4-for-4 in game two with a pair of doubles, a stolen base and two runs scored. Cortez and freshman Alicia Ramirez (Albuquerque, N.M.) each had two hits.

Hesston hosts Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Monday, Feb. 16.

Larks ready for competition in 2015

Sixth-year Hesston College Softball coach Andrew Sharp is excited for his deep pitching staff and competitive lineup for the 2015 season.

“We have more multi-threat players than last year,” Sharp said. “I think we have several all-region caliber players that will allow us to compete well in the region. We should be able to put a good defense on the field every time out.”

Three games in Arizona over spring break will be a highlight for the season. Sharp says this will be a nice non-region challenge for the Larks. Back-to-back games against Kansas City Kansas Community College and Highland (Kan.) Community College will be an important early season test. Another huge game for both the team and fans is a home game against Hutchinson Community College on March 24 at 3 p.m.

The Larks have been working hard in the offseason and Sharp is proud of where the team is physically.

“We’re in a good spot physically,” Sharp said. “Our players are ready to get the season going.”

The Larks open with a 3 p.m. non-region double header against Garden City (Kan.) Community College on Friday, Feb. 13.

Softball adds pair to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Desiree Bretado, a pitcher/first baseman from Whitter (Calif.) High School, and Miranda Dolsman, an outfielder/first baseman from Falcon (Colo.) High School, as the newest additions to the Larks program.

A three-time captain and first-team all-league player, Bretado adds pitching depth and a big bat to the Larks roster. A Whittier High Scholar Athlete, she will study nursing at Hesston.

“I can’t wait to have Dezz on our campus,” Sharp said. “She’s a competitive kid who will contribute in a variety of ways to our program.”

Bretado is active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is the daughter of Henry and Griselda Bretado, Whittier.

Dolsman, a three-sport athlete at Falcon High, was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 in softball. An all-state academic selection and Honor Roll student, she will study nursing at Hesston. Dolsman joins fellow Falcon High teammate Moira Wells in the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

“Miranda is a good athlete who can play several defensive positions,” Sharp said. “She’s a high academic student who will transition well to college.”

Dolsman is the daughter of Gary Dolsman and Laura Reinke, both of Falcon. She attends Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs.

Softball adds two more to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Cierra King, a 5’10” centerfield/first baseman from Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite High School, and Stasia Majerick, an infielder from Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, as the newest additions to the Larks program.

King, also a basketball and field hockey player at LMHS, helped the Blazers softball team reach the district playoffs in 2013.

A National Honor Society member and National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-American scholar athlete, King will study elementary education at Hesston.

“Getting Cierra locked up was a big part of this recruiting class,” Sharp said. “She brings nice height and athleticism to our roster. Cierra will undoubtedly contribute to our campus in many ways.”

King is the daughter of Nolan and Nori King, Cochranville, Pa. She attends Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Atglen, Pa., serving as youth group secretary.

Majerick was named Best Offensive Player by her peers at IMS Softball following her junior year in which she was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

An academic all-conference student athlete and National Honor Society member, Majerick will study nursing at Hesston.

“Stasia brings experience at more than one position on the infield,” Sharp said. “She’ll take advantage of our fantastic nursing program and I’m excited to see her experience at Hesston unfold.”

Majerick is the daughter of Sarah Majerick, North Liberty, Iowa. She attends First Mennonite Church, Iowa City and is active in the youth group there.

Softball signs two to kick off 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Ally Steiner, a catcher/centerfielder from Liberty High School, Peoria, Ariz., and Moira Wells, an infielder/outfielder from Falcon (Colo.) High School, as the newest additions to the Larks program.

Named Offensive Player of the Year as a junior for Liberty High Softball, Steiner excelled on the hardwood as well, earning Defensive Player of the Year for the Liberty’s girls basketball team that reached the state tournament in 2013.

An Academic Letter recipient and National Honor Society member, Steiner will study health sciences at Hesston.

“Adding Ally to our program gives us another great competitor to build around,” Sharp said. “She brings speed and a strong bat to our lineup and a lot of athleticism on defense. I’m thrilled she has chosen Hesston College.”

Steiner is the daughter of Brent and Stephanie Steiner, Peoria. She attends Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale, Ariz.

Wells was a key part of the Falcon High softball team that advanced to the Colorado 4A state tournament in 2014. She was voted Offensive Player of the Year in 2011.

“Moira is a great kid who will fit in well to our program,” Sharp said. “It was evident on her campus visit that she is excited about all Hesston has to offer. I’m looking forward to getting her on campus in the fall and putting her to work.”

An Academic All-State selection in 2014, Wells will study nursing at Hesston. She is the daughter of Justin and Jeanine Wells, Falcon.

Softball inks Atrisco Heritage Academy grad

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Alicia Ramirez, an outfielder/utility player from Atrisco Heritage Academy, Albuquerque, N.M., as the newest addition the Larks 2014 recruiting class. 

A three-time first-team all-district player, Ramirez helped Atrisco Heritage to a district championship and state tournament berth her sophomore year.

“Alicia gives us an athletic presence on the field,” Sharp said. “She has experience at several key positions and will have a chance to contribute immediately this fall. I’m eager for Alicia to get to campus this fall.”

Ramirez will study nursing at Hesston. She is the daughter of David Ramirez, Albuquerque.

Softball adds Rusk (Texas) High senior to recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Gabby Willis, an infielder/utility player from Rusk (Texas) High School, as the newest addition the Larks 2014 recruiting class. 

An all-district MVP in softball, Willis took home the Rusk Quarterback Club Softball Award and JL Hassell Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year honors. A captain her senior year, Willis hit .519 with 37 runs scored and 23 stolen bases this spring.

“Gabby will be a fantastic addition to our team,” Sharp said. “Her versatility, speed and athleticism will benefit our lineup in many ways. I’m thrilled to have her on board.”

A Merit Student, Principal’s Achievement Award winner and all-district academic team selection, Willis will study nursing at Hesston.

Willis is the daughter of Ched and Marlene Willis, Rusk. She attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rusk.

Softball adds Southern California talent to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Daisy Correa, a corner infielder/outfielder from Vista Del Lago High School, Moreno Valley, Calif., as the newest member of the Hesston program.

A four-year letter-winner and first-team all-conference player, Correa is currently hitting .417 with 22 RBI for the Ravens.

“I’m thrilled to have Daisy join our program,” Sharp said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her throughout the recruiting process and feel very confident she’ll make significant contributions to our program.”

Correa attends Crossroads Church, Corona, Calif. She will study sociology at Hesston.

Correa is the daughter of Faviola and Lorenzo Correa, Moreno Valley.  

Larks top Sterling College in home finale

The Hesston College softball team closed out its home field schedule with a 5-3 win over Sterling (Kan.) College on Wednesday, April 23.

Freshman lefty Megan Redd (Castle Rock, Colo.) tossed four innings allowing five hits and one run to get the win. Redd helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 at bat. Tricia Ogle (Elko, Nev.) went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases. Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Tessa Sorensen (Millville, Utah) had two hits, including a double and two RBI in three at bats.

The Larks travel to Cowley College (Arkansas City) for a 1 p.m. first-round Region VI playoff matchup on Saturday, April 26.

Hesston Softball inks Lincoln (Calif.) High senior

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Kendra Honeycutt, a catcher/third baseman from Lincoln (Calif.) High School, as the newest member of the Larks 2014 recruiting class.

Currently hitting .500 for Lincoln High, Honeycutt plays travel ball for the Capitol City Comets based out of Sacramento.  

“Kendra is an important addition to our program in many ways,” Sharp said. “She’s a good student and a good player. Kendra will immediately compete for innings, and I’m excited to see her succeed at Hesston College.” 

A Presidential Honor Roll student and Scholar Athlete at Lincoln High, Honeycutt will study nursing at Hesston. She is the daughter of Curt and Allyson Honeycutt, Lincoln.

Follette pitches Hesston Softball past Coffeyville

The Hesston College softball team split a Region VI double header with Coffeyville (Kan.) CC on Saturday, April 5, moving its overall record to 11-17 (9-15 in region).

In game one, freshman right-hander Miranda Follette (Springville, Utah) pitched seven innings for the complete-game 8-3 win. Follette gave up two earned runs while walking none and fanning seven. Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) went 2-for-3 with two runs while Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) added two hits and two RBI. Ellise McGowan (Carson City, Nev.) went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

In game two, Larks lefty Megan Redd (Castle Rock, Colo.) maintained a shutout through six frames before Coffeyville plated four runs in the seventh to take the second game, 4-0. 

Hesston travels to Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, April 11. 

Hesston Softball holds on for split with Dodge

The Hesston College softball team split a region double header against Dodge City (Kan.) CC on Tuesday, April 1, moving its season mark to 10-14 (8-12 in Region VI).

Up 6-1 in game one, Hesston saw its lead evaporate in consecutive big innings by the visiting Conquistadors. Dodge City scored five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to come away with an 11-6 win. Whitney Bilbao (Elko, Nev.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two knocked in. Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) and Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) had two hits each.

In game two, Hesston took a 7-3 lead into the seventh before surviving a furious Dodge City rally. Hesston started Miranda Follette (Springville, Utah) retired the final three batters to get the win after a three-run home run had made it a 7-6 game. Ellise McGowan (Carson City, Nev.) went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI in game two. Tully went 3-for-4. Bilbao and Tihani Palomares (Mililani, Hawaii) had two hits apiece. 

Hesston hosts Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) for a 4 p.m. double header on Friday, April 5.

 

Bilbao’s extra-inning walkoff sends Larks to doubleheader sweep

The Hesston College Softball team recorded a pair of Region VI wins with a doubleheader sweep of Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Friday, March 28.

After cruising to a 12-3 game-one win, Hesston needed nine frames to secure the 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Following a BMC sacrifice fly that tied the score at 1-1 in the seventh, the visiting Lions tacked on two more in the top of the eight to gain a 3-1 lead. Hesston freshman Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) responded with a two-run, two-out single in the bottom half of the inning that sent the game to the ninth, where Whitney Bilbao’s (Elko, Nev.) one-out single plated the winning run.

Miranda Follette (Springville, Utah) tossed five innings of shutout ball for the Larks before Tihani Palomares (Mililani, Hawaii) closed out the game.

In game one, Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) pitched four innings for the win. Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Bilbao, Grow and Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) each had two hits.

Hesston hosts Dodge City (Kan.) CC at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1.

Hesston Softball notches win over Cowley

The Hesston College Softball team picked up a huge win in a Region VI double header split (W: 3-1, L: 10-2) at Cowley College (Arkansas City, Kan.). The game-one win represents the first time Hesston Softball has beaten the Tigers in softball.

Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) threw a seven-inning, complete-game gem in the opener, allowing just four hits and two walks while fanning four. The lone run Cherubini allowed was unearned.

Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) and Cherubini each had an RBI.

Cowley, who finished third at last year’s national tournament, pulled away late to take game two.

The Larks return home for a region double header against Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26.

 

Larks take 3-of-4 over weekend

The Hesston College softball team won three of its four games on a recent weekend trip to Neosho County CC (Chanute, Kan.) and Allen CC (Iola, Kan.), improving its season record to 6-10.

On Friday, March 21, the Larks defeated Neosho by a 6-5 score in game one of the Region VI matchup. The Panthers came back to take game two 9-3.

Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the game one win. Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah.) added two hits and Lea Daniels (Johnson, Kan.) knocked in a pair or runs. Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) tossed a complete game to get the win.

Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the game two loss. Tihani Palomares (Mililani, Hawaii) had three hits.

On Saturday, March 22, the Larks’ offense carried the team to a sweep (10-1, 15-4) of Allen CC. Tully, Grow, Daniels and Tessa Sorensen, (Millville, Utah.) had multi-hit games in the opener, while Cherubini earned the pitching win.

In game two, Tully and Whitney Bilbao (Elko, Nev.) had four hits each, while Grow went 3-for-4 with a home run. Daniels, Cortez and Taylor Wright (Salem, Ore.) had two hits each. Cortez had four RBI. Megan Redd (Castle Rock, Colo.) picked up the pitching win.