Over the last five days, the Larks have had an impressive run winning 6 of 6. Thursday they defeated Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) opponent Fort Scott Community College 11-5 and 4-3. On Friday they topped KJCCC opponent Pratt Community College 11-6 and 7-0. They finished up the five day journey with a two wins in Lincoln, Neb., as they beat Southeast Community College 3-1 and 10-2. Add these to a March 31 win vs KCKCC and a double header sweep of Tabor College’s junior varsity squad and the Lark win streak stands at 9.
The weekend started off with a massive win for the Larks. The Greyhounds of Fort Scott have had the Larks number for many years.
“Our team came together,” said head coach Andrew Sharp. “We performed well this week and are eager for a new challenge moving forward.”
Leading the Larks over the two games were Kaylen Lassley with three hits and three RBIs, Jessie Miranda with two hits and two RBIs, Paige Bittle with two hits and four RBIs and Chelsea Smith with 21 strikeouts.
“Chelsea Smith was simply outstanding,” said Sharp. “Her confidence is growing and she is starting to put together a special season. Our defense played extremely well and that’s always a good combination.”
Pratt fell at Hesston the next day. The Larks looked sharp offensively with Amy Bretado driving in five on the day off of three hits, two of which were home runs. Lassley had five RBIs on three hits as well. Sadie Leatherman and Adrianna Ruiz each homered on the day. Smith got the complete game win with nine Ks in game two.
Game one in Nebraska was pretty quiet with the bats. Two solo home runs by Leatherman and Bretado led the offense while Smith gave up just one hit with 13 strikeouts. Game two saw all of the scoring for the Larks in the 3rd and 7th innings. Lexi Avalos had four hits scoring once and driving in one. Lassley had two hits driving in three and Bretado had another home run and drove in two. It was a team effort on the mound earning six Ks.
The Larks will finish the KJCCC season over the next two weeks and have a chance to host a playoff game. Their record stands at 20-11 and 7-5 in the conference.