Softball News Archive 2016-2017

Softball falls to Neosho in regional

Taylor Martin heads home to score the Larks’ only run of the day.

Hesston College softball, seeded 8, dropped a double header on Tuesday to seventh seeded Neosho County Community College in Chanute, 7-0, 9-1 (6 inn.) in the first round of Region VI/District E playoffs.

The Larks saw success against Neosho in early March, splitting a two game series winning 9-1, before losing 8-0 at Hesston City Diamond. On Tuesday the Panthers pitchers stole the show, stifling the Larks all day, holding Hesston to a single run.

In game one, the Panthers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning off freshman pitcher Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.). Neosho added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for the 7-0 win. The second game saw two solo home runs for the Panthers early on, and a five run fourth inning to grab a 7-0 lead over the Larks. Freshman, Brinkli Jones’s (Cache Valley, Utah) hit an RBI double, scoring freshman Taylor Martin (Lancaster, Pa.) to tally the Larks’ only run of the day and bring the score to 7-1. The tough Panthers pitching staff allowed no walks in both games. Neosho tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth to end things at 9-1.

The Larks finished with a 26-26 record, capturing the most wins for the program, and will look to build on their success in the 2018 season.

“We never were able to get much going offensively. Give credit to Neosho – they played great, hit the ball well. No errors or walks the whole day,” commented Head coach Andrew Sharp. “It was a very positive season for HC Softball, with a lot of momentum to build on for next season.”

The Panthers advance to the second round where they will travel to Hummer Park in Topeka to take on top seeded Cowley College on Saturday.

Larks top Jays to finish regular season

Hesston College softball added two more wins to their record breaking season as they knocked off the visiting Tabor College Blue Jays 3-0, 10-2 (5 innings) Wednesday evening on sophomore night at Hesston City Diamond.

Game 1 –
Sophomore Jerrica Brown added to her home run record (15) with a solo home run and freshman pitcher Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.) tossed a 3-hitter as the Larks blanked the Blue Jays 3-0.

Game 2 –
Freshman pitcher Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) threw a complete game allowing 6 hits, 0 earned runs, 0 walks and a strikeout. Bailyn Piecewicz went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Freshmen Brianna Baca (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) each scored twice. Sophomore, Ally Steiner (Phoenix, Ariz.) added an RBI going 2-for-3 at the dish.

“It was a great way for our sophomores to go out. They represent a fantastic class, good students, etc. We will miss their contributions on the field and off. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” Head Coach Andrew Sharp commented following the sweep of the Blue Jays.

The Larks finish the regular season with a 26-22 record, receiving the #8 seed and will head to Chanute on Tuesday, May 2, to take on the seventh seeded Neosho County Community College Panthers in the first round of Region VI playoffs. First pitch is 11 a.m. The winner advances to face top seeded Cowley College on May 6 in Topeka.

Softball enjoying record breaking season

Records are meant to be broken. Just ask the Hesston College Larks softball team. With a two-game sweep of the Independence CC Pirates earlier in the week in Independence (Kan.), Hesston softball reached 24 wins (24-18). This surpasses the program’s record for wins in a season – 23 during the 2012 season, Coach Sharp’s third year at the helm. That year they finished 23-29, eventually falling in Topeka to Labette CC in the second round of Region VI playoffs.

Along with the team accomplishment, a couple Larks have reached individual milestones during this record breaking spring. Sophomore first baseman Jerrica Brown (Clovis, Calif.) has become the Larks’ all-time leader in home runs (14) along with runs batted in (89). Sophomore catcher Ally Steiner (Phoenix, Ariz), who is headed to the University of Northern Colorado (NCAA DI), has tied the records for the career hits (113) and stolen bases (60).

Brown and Steiner have received plenty of help, as the Larks’ bats have been solid from top to bottom, led by Sierrah Long’s 32 RBI. “Our lineup has been quite balanced with a lot of production from a lot of different players,” Coach Sharp commented. “We have good athletes all around the defense and our offense brings a little bit of everything to the table.”

Pitchers Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.) and Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) have been extremely consistent this spring, combining to go 24-17 and accounting for all of the team’s 24 wins. Yasin has struck out 121 batters, while Purcella has fanned 86. “They (Yasin and Purcella) have been outstanding. Ashley’s 121 strikeouts sets the all-time single season record. Chantel, not far behind, will likely finish as #2 in a season for strikeouts,” Sharp added.

The Larks (24-22) followed up their performance with a tough double header loss to Cowley College before dropping both games to #8 Johnson County (5-4, 7-2) competing with one of the best teams in the country. Even so, the Larks will have an opportunity to head into Region VI playoffs next weekend (April 29-30) on a positive note as they host one more double header to conclude the regular season. “We’re looking forward to a great showing in post season play,”” Sharp commented.

Next up – The Larks will look to add to their season’s win total when they welcome Tabor College on Wednesday, April 26, for sophomore recognition night. First pitch against the Blue Jays is at 5 p.m. from Hesston City Diamond.

Larks sweep Pirates on road

The Lark offense got going Monday and Hesston College softball took both games from the Independence (Kan.) Community College Pirates: 9-0 (6 inn.) and 12-3 (6 inn.) in Independence.

In game one, freshman pitcher Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.) had a solid outing, going six innings and only giving up three hits, while striking out eight. Yasin finished with zero walks. Freshman infielder Kendall Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) and Yasin were both perfect at the plate at 3-for-3. Freshman infielder Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with a 3-run HR and 4 RBI to help propel the Larks past the Pirates.

In the nightcap, sophomore first baseman Jerrica Brown (Clovis, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with a 2-run HR and 2 RBI. Freshman center fielder Taylor Martin (Lancaster, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. Freshman pitcher Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) went five innings for the win: 3 strikeouts and no walks.

“It was an outstanding job of our staff setting the tone. Ashley (Yasin) and Chan (Purcella) got ahead and stayed ahead the whole day, which really gives a team a great chance to be successful,” Head coach Andrew Sharp said following the key sweep of the Pirates.

Next: The Larks will host #11 ranked Cowley College on Tuesday April 18 in Hesston. First pitch against the Tigers is set for 4 p.m. from Hesston City Diamond.

Larks sweep Greyhounds

Hesston College softball completed a two-game sweep over visiting Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Greyhounds; 3-2, 9-0 (5) Thursday at Hesston City Diamond.

The Larks’ freshman Taylor Martin (Lancaster, Pa.) who was perfect at the plate (3-3) knocked in the game winning walk off single to score freshman Josie Noll (Hutchinson, Kan.) to break a 2-2 tie. Hesston College took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and the Greyhounds answered with runs third and sixth innings to tie the game at 2 before the Larks walk off single in the seventh.

Hesston made quick work of the Greyhounds in game two. Freshman Jocelyn Chavez (Realto, Calif.) smacked a two-run home run in the second inning to put the Larks up 2-0. The Larks would add two more runs in the inning to build a comfortable lead, before putting up a five spot on the fourth inning to blow open the game. Game two ended in the fifth with the Larks ahead 9-0.

&ldqyo;A great couple of wins for us. Ashley (Yasin) and Chantel Purcella pitched very well again, and we got some timely hitting to propel us to the sweep,” Head Coach Andrew Sharp commented after the games. “Martin came up huge for us 3-for-3 in game 1 with the walk-off winner and an RBI triple in game three.”

Up next: The Larks (22-18) travel to Independence (Kan.) Community College on Monday, April 17. The Pirates come in winning two in a row to improve their record to 9-22. Hesston and Independence will square off in a double header that was originally rescheduled a couple weeks ago, but was moved due to weather. First pitch against the Pirates is set for 3 p.m.

Larks softball splits in Concordia

Hesston College softball traveled to Concordia on Tuesday, knocking off the Cloud County Community College T-Birds 6-4, before dropping the second game 11-1 in 5 innings.

In game one, the Larks enjoyed an early 3-0 lead in the first inning as Hesston benefited from two runs scored via T-Birds fielding errors. Cloud County answered with a pair of runs in the first and a run in the second to tie the game at 3. The Larks responded with three runs in the third inning to jet ahead 6-3. The T-Birds would add a run in the fourth, but that would be it, as the score held 6-4 Hesston.

Freshman Kayleigh Johnson (Cache Valley, Utah) lead the way for the Larks with two RBI. Freshman pitcher Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.), who picked up the win, added an important RBI. Sophomore catcher Ally Steiner (Phoenix, Ariz.) and sophomore Jerrica Brown (Clovis, Calif.) also knocked in runs.

In game two, the T-Birds jumped in front 3-0 in the first inning and scored five in the second to take a commanding 8-0 lead. The Larks were unable to get the offense moving and were held to one run on five hits by T-Birds pitcher Bayleigh Cope.

Next: The Larks will return to Hesston City Diamond on Thursday, April 13, as they welcome the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds for a double header. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Larks split in Kansas City

Hesston College softball picked up a 3-1 win over Kansas City Kansas Community College, before losing 11-1 (5 innings) to the Blue Devils in the second game.

The win in game one is a valuable one on the road as the Larks have one eye on the postseason.

Freshman Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.) pitched a complete game allowing six hits, striking out eight batters and only giving up two walks. She helped her own cause at the plate with a 2-run RBI single in the seventh that proved to be the difference for the Larks.

“Ashley and catcher, Ally (Steiner, Phoenix, Ariz.) were masterful in game one,” according to Head Coach Andrew Sharp. &ldqup;They kept the KCK offense off balance the whole game and, overall, executed a very good game-plan.”

Next Up: After taking on the Scotties from Highand College in Sunday, the Larks (19-15) will travel to Concordia on Tuesday, April 11, for a double header with Cloud County Community College. First pitch will be at 2 p.m. against the T-Birds.

Grand slam powers Larks past Storm

After dropping the first game to the Southeast Community College (Neb.) Storm 4-3, the Larks softball team answered with a 14-9 victory at Hesston City Diamond Tuesday, March 28. Freshman Kayleigh Johnson (Cache Valley, Utah) hit a grand slam during a nine-run third inning to help lead Hesston past the Storm.

After a 1-1 ball game early, the Storm scored four runs in the top of the third inning to jump in front of the Larks 5-1. Hesston responded with nine runs to race in front 10-5. Southeast added a couple more runs in the later innings but it wasn’t enough as the Larks evened the series.

Freshmen Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) and Kendall Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) chipped in with three runs batted in for the Larks. Jessica Lusk went 2 for 4 with four runs batted in for the Storm.

With the split, the Larks move to 18-14 on the year. Next – Hesston will return to the field Friday, March 31, vs. Fort Scott Community College. First pitch vs. the Greyhounds will come at 4 p.m. from Hesston City Diamond.

Lark softball ends Blue Dragons’ 11 game winning streak

The Hesston College softball team hung on late after a furious Hutchinson (Kan.) CC rally to defeat the #15 ranked Blue Dragons 12-11 in the second game of a double-header, giving Hutch their first region VI loss (5-1). In the first match up at Hesston City Diamond, the Larks jumped out in front 2-0, but fell 4-2.

Game 1:
Freshman Kendall Richardson (Lodi, Calif.) got things going with a solo home run to put the Larks up 1-0. The Larks stretched their lead to 2-0 in the second inning before the Blue Dragons answered. A lead-off home run followed by a pair of RBI singles put Hutchinson on top 3-2 in the third inning. The Larks loaded the bases three times late in the game, but were unable to score. Hutchinson CC added an insurance run to win 4-2.

Game 2:
After trailing 5-3, sophomore Cierra King (Cochranville, Pa.) smashed a grand slam to put the Larks on top 7-5. Hesston added four more runs in the inning to lead 11-5. The Blue Dragons rallied with five runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 11-10. A Jerrica Brown (Clovis, Calif.) lead-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Larks a 12-10 lead, which would hold up. The Blue Dragons would tack on a sacrifice fly to pull within one, but the potential tying run was stranded as the Larks held on. Hesston College was out-hit 16-10.

Next up- Softball (16-10) will travel to Parsons, Kan., on Friday, March 24, to take on Labette Community College in a double header. First pitch against the Cardinals is set for 2 p.m.

Larks race past Roadrunners in California

Hesston College softball finished their West Coast road trip in style, easing past the College of the Desert Roadrunners – 15-0 in five innings, and 11-1 in the second game at Kenny Dalglish field in Palm Desert, California. The Larks finish their four game swing with a 3-1 record after splitting 1-1 with San Bernardino Valley College on Monday.

Game 1:
After scoring a run in the first and two runs each in the second and third innings to go ahead 5-0, Hesston exploded for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away. Sophomore Jerrica Brown from Clovis, Calif., had four RBI in the first game and Sierra Long from Highland, Calif., added three RBI to help propel the Larks. Freshman pitcher Ashley Yasin (Lake Isabella, Calif.) picked up with win (4-4)

Game 2:
Hesston jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Kayleigh Johnson (Cache Valley, Utah) and freshman catcher Jordan Walton (Newkirk, Okla.) each picked up two RBI and freshman pitcher Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) had another solid outing going seven strong innings, giving up only one earned run. The Larks improve to 15-9 on the season and will enjoy a week off. The Roadrunners drop to 2-16 overall.

Next – Hesston College softball welcomes Hutchinson Community College to town on Tuesday, March 21, for a doubleheader. First pitch from Hesston City Diamond will be at 4 p.m.

Softball wins first game in California

The Hesston College softball team knocked off San Bernardino Valley College 12-9 in eight innings, before dropping the second game to the Wolverines, 7-2.

Hesston moves to 13-9 on the season and will play another double header on Tuesday when they face off with the College of the Desert Roadrunners (Palm Desert, Calif.). First pitch will be at 3 p.m. central time (1 p.m. local).

Softball will have a week off before returning to Hesston for a big double header with Hutchinson Community College March 21. First pitch against the Blue Dragons from Hesston City Diamond will be 4 p.m. Game two begins at 6.

Softball takes one from Warriors

The Hesston College softball team traveled to Sterling, Kan., and picked up a shutout win (4-0) in the first game against the Warriors before falling 10-2 in the second matchup.

The Larks’ pitching was solid in game one, also receiving good play defensively to perverse the 4-0 win. The Warriors got the bats going early in game two, going on to win 10-2.

Up next – The Larks will take their 12-8 record to the West Coast for a pair of matchups in California. First up – Hesston College will take on San Bernardino Valley College on March 13 at 3 p.m. central time. On March 14 the Larks will take on The College of the Desert (Palm Desert, Calif.) at 3 p.m. central time.

Larks split with Northeast Community College

Hesston College softball picked up a win in two games vs. the Northeast (Neb.) Community College Hawks at the Hesston City Diamond.

In the first game, Northeastern made quick work of the Larks, going ahead 2-0 in the first and adding six runs in the second and one in the fourth to win 9-0 in five innings. The second game was a different story as the Lark offense came to life, rallying from 6-0 down to squeak by the Hawks, 13-12.

Freshman infielder Brianna Baca (Albuquerque , N.M.) had 4 RBI, while sophomore catcher Ally Steiner (Phoenix, Ariz.) went 3-for-5 at the plate, scoring a run, with 2 RBI. Freshman 1B Dezz Bretado (Whittier, Calif.) was a perfect 3-for-3 with 3 runs and an RBI. Freshman infielder Sierrah Long (Highland, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored in the win for the Larks.

Hesston College sits a steady five games above .500 (11-6) as their spring break trip to California looms. Before that Hesston will face the Sterling (Kan.) College JV in a Friday, March 10 doubleheader. First pitch against the Warriors will be at 2 p.m.

Larks take one from Panthers

The Hesston College softball team defeated Neosho County CC 9-1 (5 innings) in the first game Sunday, March 5, before dropping the second game 8-0 (5 innings) to the Panthers.

In the game one, sophomore Ally Steiner (Phoenix, Ariz.) was perfect at the plate (3-3) with a double, RBI and a run scored to help lead Hesston College past the Neosho. Sophomore Jerrica Brown (Clovis, Calif.) went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Freshman infielder Kendall Richardson (Lodi, Calif) provided two hits, including a triple, and scored twice.

Freshman pitcher Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) went the distance for the Larks, striking out four batters and giving up only three hits. The lone run was unearned for Purcella. Hesston College sees their record jump to 10-6.

Next up – the Larks will welcome Northeast (Colo.) Community College in a double header on Wednesday, March 8. First pitch from Hesston City Diamond will be at 3 p.m.

Larks split with Threshers

After a successful weekend in which the Hesston College softball team took three of four games, they split with the Bethel College Threshers on Tuesday afternoon at Hesston City Diamond. The Larks won game one 3-2, before falling 11-3 (6 innings) in the second game.

Freshman Kendall Richardson’s (Lodi, Calif.) 2-run home run early in the game was enough, as Hesston College held on for the one run win. The Threshers got the bats going in game two, and ended things early; 11-3.

Freshman pitcher Chantel Purcella (Albuquerque, N.M.) recorded the win for Hesston. “She had a nice game, going seven innings and only giving up one run,” head coach Andrew Sharp commented. Hesston sits at a nice 9-5 heading into the weekend.

The Larks will host Neosho County Community College in a Region VI matchup on Sunday, March 5. First pitch vs. the Panthers will be at 1 p.m. Second game will start at 3 p.m.