Gorillas grab one for the road

Softball team wins its final game of MIAA weekend road trip

Tren Johnson | reporter

The Pittsburg State Gorillas softball team finished a four-game road trip on Saturday, April 6, with a record of 1-3.
The Gorillas’ first stop was in Emporia on April 5 where they played MIAA foe, the Emporia State Hornets (24-9, 11-3 MIAA).
In game one of the doubleheader, Emporia State pitcher Karley Schmelzer (17-4), stifled the Gorilla bats, allowing just four hits and one run in a complete game.
The Gorillas scored their lone run in the first inning off a Tiffany Brown single. The Hornets tied the game in the second inning before taking the lead for good in the bottom half of the third inning.
The final score was 6-1, with Kyndel Shelburn (6-6) taking the loss for the Gorillas.
Game two was much of the same for the Pittsburg State offense. PSU, though, scored first in the second inning with RBIs coming off the bats of McKenzie Rynard and Catie Cummins.
Emporia State got one of the runs back in the second inning, making the score 2-1.
The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Hornets tied the game, 2-2, on a base hit from Reichard.
Emporia State went on to win the game, 3-2, scoring a run on a Pittsburg State error with two outs.
Pittsburg State made a quick turnaround to Washburn University to face the Lady Blues (9-21, 5-10 MIAA) the following day.
Game one was scoreless through three innings, and then both teams’ bats came alive.
The Gorillas scored in the top of the fourth off a Katelyn Birchfield single to left field making the score 2-0. Washburn got one run in the bottom half of the fourth to pull within one.
After holding the Gorillas scoreless in the top of the fifth, the Lady Blues tied the game 2-2 in the fifth.
Washburn took the lead for the first time in the sixth inning with two runs, making the score 4-2. Pittsburg State answered in the top of the seventh with three runs.
Still, the Gorillas failed to close the door as Washburn scored a game-tying run to send the game to extra innings. After a scoreless eighth inning, the Gorillas regained control in the ninth after a Jordan Bradshaw solo home run.
Once again the Gorillas failed to close the door, and Washburn rallied yet again to win the game, 8-6, in dramatic fashion on a three-run home run by Lauren Thimmesch, who also pitched a complete game for the Lady Blues.
Game two of the day was an offensive explosion between the two teams. Nine runs were scored in the first inning of the game, with the Gorillas holding a 5-4 advantage.
Washburn took its first lead of the game in the third inning, 6-5. In the top of the fourth inning PSU scored five runs, coming by way of the home run ball.
Washburn kept it close by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 10-9. The Gorillas scored four insurance runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead, 14-9.
The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Lady Blues rallied for five runs to again send the game to extra innings.
Kreslee Ketcham doubled to score Cummins in the top of the eighth to give the Gorillas the lead, 15-14.
Pittsburg State closed the door in the bottom half to secure the victory.
The Gorillas’ next action will be Sunday, April 14, against Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

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