Softball News Archive 2014-2015

Softball signs Washington infielder

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Bailyn Piecewicz, a middle infielder/outfielder from Mt. Spokane (Wash.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A softball team captain and Most Valuable Player her sophomore year, Piecewicz was a three-year varsity starter in the infield at Mt. Spokane High. She also played high school volleyball where she was a team captain.

Piecewicz will study biomedical engineering at Hesston. She is a National Honor Society member, Honor Roll student, National Language Arts and Academic Letter recipient.

“Bailyn gives our roster added talent at a crucial spot,” Sharp said. “She’s a middle-of-the-field player with speed, and we’ll put her to work immediately. Her academic resume speaks for itself and she’ll find numerous ways to contribute to our campus.”

Piecewicz is the daughter of Scott and Kelly Piecewicz, Spokane.

Larks rally falls short in Region VI playoff

The Hesston College softball team saw its season end with a first-round playoff loss at Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) in a best-of-three series Sunday, April 26. JCCC won the opener 8-0 before holding on for a 4-3 series-clinching win in game two.

Down 4-0 heading into the sixth inning of the elimination game, Hesston put together a three-run rally and had the tying run at 3rd with one out but couldn’t pull any closer.

Hesston sophomore Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) pitched well in her final outing in a Larks uniform, scattering seven hits without a walk in a complete-game effort. Gabby Willis (Rusk, Texas) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Softball sweeps on sophomore night

The Hesston College softball team earned a doubleheader sweep (5-3, 4-3) over Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) on Wednesday, April 22, closing out its home schedule in style.

In the opener, freshman Dakoda Lee’s (Boise, Idaho) first-inning three-run home run gave the Larks an early lead, while RBI’s by Alicia Ramirez (Albuquerque, N.M.) and sophomore Megan Redd (Castle Rock, Colo.) provided the margin of victory.

Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run, while Lee earned the pitching win with a complete-game effort that included five strikeouts. Sophomore Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

In game two, sophomore hurler Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) allowed six hits and one earned run in a complete-game win. Cherubini struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

Sophomore Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) walked twice, stole two bases and scored twice. Gabby Willis (Rusk, Texas) went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

The Larks travel to Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) for the first round of Region VI playoffs beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.

Larks get road sweep over Indy

The Hesston College softball team swept a Region VI double header at Independence (Kan.) CC on Tuesday, April 14, pounding out 10 hits in a 10-4 game-one win before winning the nightcap by a 7-5 score.

In the opener, Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) tossed a complete-game, allowing four earned runs and striking out three. Alicia Ramirez (Albuquerque, N.M.) broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run HR in the Larks eight-run fifth. Lee made it back-to-back homers with a solo blast, and Riley Hannemann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) added a solo shot an inning later.

Ramirez finished with four RBI, while Lee, Kasee Tully (McPherson, Kan.) and Daisy Correa (Moreno Valley, Calif.) had two hits each.

In game two, Tully enjoyed a 4-for-4 day with a double, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) went seven innings with just one earned run allowed for the win.

The Larks head to Highland (Kan.) CC for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, April 17.

Larks split at Pratt

The Hesston College softball team split a non-conference double header at Pratt (Kan.) CC on Monday, April 6, winning game one 12-2 (6 innings) before falling 8-7 in the nightcap.

In the opener, freshman Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) went the distance, allowing six hits and two runs to pick up the win. Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) went 2-for-3 with three runs knocked in including a solo home run. Daisy Correa (Moreno Valley, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Riley Hannemann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

Down 8-4 in the seventh inning of game two, Hesston nearly pulled off a comeback by plating three runs in the frame. The Pratt defense stiffened, however, to preserve the win for the home team.

Hesston Softball hosts Fort Scott (Kan.) CC for a 4 p.m. double header on Friday, April 10.

Softball adds more California talent to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Jerrica Brown, a pitcher/corner infielder from Hallmark Charter School, Sanger, Calif., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Through her junior year at Hallmark Charter, Brown compiled a 3.34 ERA and .347 batting average. Voted team MVP her sophomore season, Brown was a first-team All-County Metro Athletic Conference player in 2013. Brown was awarded the Leadership Award following her junior season.

A four-year honor roll student and Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2014, Brown will study nursing at Hesston.

“Jerrica brings a strong skill set to the field and is well-rounded student athlete,” Sharp said. “She a very competitive and confident kid and will look to make a name for herself from day one.”

Brown is the daughter of Paul and Lori Brown, Clovis, Calif. She attends The Well Community Church, Fresno, Calif., and is active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Sanger High.

Hesston sweeps Allen

The Hesston College softball team earned a Region VI sweep over Allen CC (Iola, Kan.) at home on Saturday, March 21, to improve its season mark to 10-12.

In the opener, freshman Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) went the distance, allowing six hits and one earned run in the 4-2 Hesson win. Lee walked one and struck out six. Riley Hannemann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) had two hits including a double in four at bats, scoring twice, while Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) went 2-for-3.

In game two, sophomore hurler Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) scattered six hits and walked two in the complete-game 2-1 win. Gabby Willis (Rusk, Texas) went 1-for-2 with an RBI double in the Larks 2-run fifth.

Hesston hosts Hutchinson (Kan.) CC for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, March 24.

Larks earn Region VI sweep over Brown Mackie

The Hesston College softball team won a pair of games against Brown Mackie College (Salina) on Tuesday, March 17, improving the Larks to 8-10 on the year.

Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) tossed a complete-game in the opener, a 5-2 Hesston win. Cherubini scattered seven hits and didn’t walk a batter. Megan Redd (Castle Rock, Colo.) went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Hesston outhit BMC 11-2 in the 8-4 game-two win. Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) surrendered just two hits while fanning five in six innings. Lee, Redd, Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) and Gabby Willis (Rusk, Texas) each had two hits.

The Larks host Neosho County CC at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

Larks sweep Gateway to end spring break trip

The Hesston College softball team took a doubleheader (2-0, 8-3) from Gateway CC (Phoenix, Ariz.) on Wednesday, March 11, improving its season mark to 6-9. The Larks played six games in Arizona, March 9-11, going 2-4.

After a 2-0 game one win, Hesston exploded for 17 hits in game two to secure the sweep. Gabby Willis (Rusk, Texas) and Daisy Correa (Moreno Valley, Calif.) each went 3-for-4 in the nightcap.
Dakoda Lee (Boise, Idaho) and Riley Hannemann (Flagstaff, Ariz.) earned the pitching wins. Cheyenne Cherubini (Flint, Mich.) earned two saves after closing both games.

Hesston travels to Cloud County CC (Concordia, Kan.) on Monday, March 16, for a 2 p.m. region game.

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.