Hesston College softball had an excellent weekend. The Larks won 2 at home – 5-2 and 10-5 – in their first Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) games against Cloud County Community College on Friday, March 22. Sunday afternoon they made up an early season cancelation against Kansas State University Club team sweeping the doubleheader 4-0 and 10-2.
Game one vs. Cloud County saw Chelsea Smith getting the win from the rubber and Amy Bretado earning the save. Sadie Leatherman went 2-2 with a home run to lead the Larks at the plate. The 10-5 win in game two was highlighted by a big fourth inning. Lexi Avalos, Paige Bittle and Bretado all had multiple hits for the Larks with Bretado driving in three runs in the game.
Sunday, it took a while for Hesston to get rolling and a 2-run 4th inning was the needed spark. But game one was highlighted by Smith again from the mound. She threw a complete game giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out 16. The Larks committed no defensive errors and Reece McCrary make 17 plays in the field. Seven different Larks recorded hits.
Game two saw the Larks pick up where they left off in game one, scoring multiple runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. Jessie Miranda went 4-4 with 2 RBI. Avalos and Bretado also had two RBI each.
Hesston College will resume their KJCCC play with away games at Highland Community College on Tuesday, March 28 (3 p.m.) and on Saturday, March 30 when they host Kansas City Kansas Community College (noon).