Larks split with Cowley, Yasin earns wins record

Game one of yesterday’s softball doubleheader could not have finished on a higher note. At Cowley College in Region VI competition, the Larks pulled out a late comeback win, defeating the Tigers 6-5. The big story however, is that Ashley Yasin got the win on the mound for the Larks, giving her the all-time wins record at Hesston College. This, her 24th win of her career, was done in dramatic style.

Going down 3-0 in the first inning the Larks had to claw themselves back into the game. It started in the top of the second with Sam Amarante leading off with a hit. She would eventually be driven home to get the Larks on the board. Each team scored a run in the fourth making it 4-2. The top of the fifth inning the Larks were able to tie the game as the top of the order came through. Again Amarante makes a play, driving in both Taylor Martin and Lexi Avalos. The game was now tied 4-4. Each team scored again in the seventh making it 5-5 and sending the game into extra innings.

After a fruitless eighth inning, Sierra Long stepped to the plate with two outs. With the count at 1-1, one quick swing of the bat was all it took, Long drove the ball to left field, home run Larks. The defense would stand tall with no outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Larks the win and Yasin the record.

“I thought our group displayed a ton of poise at keys moments in the opening game,’ said Head Coach Andy Sharp. “It was an impressive win that our kids fought hard for. We need continued growth in some areas, of course, and will continue to work to get better. Overall, there were a lot of great takeaways from Tuesday’s games.”

Yasin finished the game with four strikeouts. On top of Long’s home run, she had 2 RBI, as did Amarante. The Larks fell in game two 24-11 taking their record to 15-6 and 2-2 in NJCAA Region VI play. They will be at home against Garden City on Saturday, March 10, with first pitch at 1 p.m.