Softball News Archive 2014-2015

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.

 

Daniels’ slam lifts Larks to win over Hutch

The Hesston College softball split a double header at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC on Tuesday, March 18. After falling 10-0 in game one, Hesston fought back for a 7-6 win in the nightcap for its first region win of the season.

Lea Daniels (Johnson, Kan.) provided the spark for the Larks in the game-two win by smacking a fourth-inning grand slam that gave Hesston a 6-2 lead. Tricia Ogle (Elko, Nev.) went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Victoria Cortez (Morneo Valley, Calif.) had three hits and an RBI. Whitney Bilbao (Elko, Nev.), Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) and Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) had two hits each. The Larks offense banged out 13 hits. Freshman pitcher Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) tossed a complete-game to pick up the win.

Hesston travels to Neosho County CC (Chanute, Kan.) for a 2 p.m. double header on Friday, March 21.

 

Hesston Softball notches doubleheader sweep

The Hesston College softball team recorded a doubleheader sweep (8-7, 12-1) at Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Monday, Feb 24. The wins pull Hesston’s record even at 2-2.

In game one, freshman hurler Miranda Follette (Springville, Utah) struck out nine in eight innings to earn the complete-game win. Ellise McGowan (Carson City, Nev.) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) had two hits.

In the nightcap the Larks scored early and often and cruised to a run-rule win. Victoria Cortez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) went 3-for-3 and McGowan added three RBI. Cherubini tossed a complete-game with five hits allowed and no walks in the win.

Hesston begins Region VI play when it hosts Independence (Kan.) CC for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Hesston College Softball adds Coconino High (Flagstaff, Ariz.) senior to recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Riley Hannemann, a 5’11” right-handed pitcher from Coconino High School, Flagstaff, Ariz., as the newest addition the Larks 2014 recruiting class. 

An all-city team selection her junior year, Hannemann went 7-1 in 53 innings for Coconino in 2013. Hannemann plays travel ball for the Arizona Hotshots 18A team coached by Jade Abel.

“I’m very excited to welcome Riley’s many gifts to the Hesston program,” Sharp said. “She’s a humble, well-rounded student athlete who adds a lot of talent to our roster.”

An honor roll student and Student Council member, Hannemann will study engineering at Hesston. She is the daughter of Greta and Mike Hannemann, Flagstaff. 

New-look Larks eager to begin 2014 season

Fifth-year Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp brings a young, talented roster to the table in preparation of another season.   

“I’m pleased with how we’ve progressed to this point,” Sharp said. “We graduated an outstanding class of eight sophomores a year ago, meaning several freshmen will need to step up and contribute immediately for us to be successful.”

Following two non-region dates to start the year, Hesston opens Region VI play with a 3 p.m. double header against Independence (Kan.) Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Hesston Softball finished 16-14 in Region VI play a year ago, good for seventh among 16 schools.

“Region VI Softball is always tough,” Sharp added. “We’ve competed a little better each of the last several years and have another challenge awaiting us this spring.”

The Larks open with a 2 p.m. non-region double header at Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Hesston Softball signs two to open 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Jenn Callais, a third baseman/catcher from Paloma Valley High School, Menifee, Calif., and Dakoda Lee, a pitcher/infielder from Mountain View High School, Boise, Idaho, as the first members of the Larks 2014 recruiting class.

A 2013 All-Sunbelt League selection and Coaches Award recipient, Callais his .353 and helped Paloma Valley to a second-place league finish. She was an important part of the 2012 league-champion PVHS team. Callais plays travel ball for the San Diego Power Surge, coached by Ale Jordan.

“Adding Jenn to the Hesston College community is a great way to kick off this recruiting class,” Sharp said. “She’ll play a major role on our team from the day she steps on campus. I’m confident her contributions at Hesston will extend far beyond the softball diamond.”

Callais attends Living Hope Faith Center, Temecula, Calif., and is active as singer and greeter there. A Hesston College Dean’s Scholarship recipient, Callais will study athletic training. She is the daughter of Irving and Anabel Echavarria, Menifee.

Lee, a pitcher/infielder from Mountain View High School, Boise, Idaho, posted a 2.60 ERA while garnering all-5A Southern Idaho Conference honorable mention recognition her junior year. She hit .429 with three homeruns and 38 runs batted in 2013.

“Koda brings a lot of talent and heart to our roster,” Sharp said. “I’m excited to get her here in August and am confident she’ll have a smooth transition to college life and softball.”

Lee attends Eagle Nazarene Church and will study nursing at Hesston. She is the daughter of Michelle and Tim Lehrman, Boise, and Les Gargan, Eagle, Idaho.