The Hesston College Larks Softball team celebrated their sophomores Tuesday night. Sophomores Lexi Avalos, Jenna Garcia, Shae Hoover, Cassidy King, Kaylen Lassley, Reese McCrary, Adrianna Ruiz and Jenna Schneider started for the Larks as they defeated Friends University JV 6-1 and 8-1. This took the Larks win streak to 21 games and 29-3 since March 18.
“It was a great night to celebrate our sophomores,” said Head Coach Andrew Sharp. “This group has been an exceptional class to work with, and I am very proud of their achievements.”
Ruiz and Lassley led the Larks with 2 hits each. Freshman Amy Bretado hit her 18th homer of the year and drove in five runs. Bretado leads the nation with 60 RBIs and is second in the country in home runs (National Junior College Athletic Association Division II). Freshman pitcher Chelsea Smith had 17 strikeouts in her seven innings of work in game one. Smith leads the nation in saves with 5, is second with 221 Ks and tied for third with 18 wins.
Game two saw much of the same with the sophomores sharing the hits and runs. Avalos, Hoover, Schneider, Garcia and freshman Jessie Miranda each had an RBI each while Bretado had two.
The Larks will host Johnson County Community College on Thursday, April 25 in a double header starting at 4 p.m. The outcome of these games will be a major factor in determining the final Jayhawk Conference standings. Johnson County leads the conference with a 13-3 record. Highland is second at 15-5 and the Larks are tied for third with Cowley at 13-5.