Skyhawks take second place again
The members of the 18-and-under Sunflower Skyhawks are filling up their trophy cases with second place trophies this summer. For the third weekend in a row the team placed second in a tournament by losing the championship game by one run.
"We had some of our regulars gone this weekend, so some of the girls had to play different positions," said coach Bob Martin. "I was real pleased on how well they came through."
The tournament consisted of pool play on Saturday and then a single-elimination tournament on Sunday.
The Skyhawks reached the championship game on Sunday, and lost to the Topeka Queens 3-2.
"We dug a hole for ourselves in the championship game but just kept fighting back," said Martin. "We gave ourselves a chance to win it at the end but just fell short."
The hole was dug when the Queens scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to take the 3-0 lead. The Skyhawks managed to rally in the sixth for two runs behind singles by Suzie Weege, Katie Martin and Kristen Wessel.
The team threatened in the seventh with runners at the corners and two outs, but the rally ended when Weege grounded out to end the game.
In the semifinals the Skyhawks had one of their best games of the tournament beating the previously undefeated Ark City Invaders 2-1. The Hawks took the lead in the first when Martin scored on a ground out by Wessel. With the game tied in the fourth Weege singled and then advanced to second on a passed ball, she then scored the winning run on a Martin single.
Lindsay Roecker earned the win by holding the Invaders to two hits and one run through five innings. She was relieved by Satinne Maring, who pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
The team reached the semifinals with an 8-0 win over the Chase County Firebirds. Weege, Deanna Barden and Mary Martin each had two hits, and Martin had three RBIs. Roecker held the Firebirds scoreless in five innings of work.
On Saturday in the pool play the Skyhawks went 2-2. Both wins were ended early by the run rule.
In their first win the Skyhawks defeated the eventual champion Topeka Queens by a score of 9-0. Roecker picked up the win and Tarin Troth lead the way offensively with two doubles and two RBIs.
In the second win they rocked the Rock Creek Rockies 8-0. The 'hawks scored runs in the first, third and fifth innings. The offensive attack was lead by Maring who had three hits and three RBIs. Maring and K. Martin combined to pitch the shutout.
In the second game of pool play, the Skyhawks gave up three runs in the first against the Flint Hills Wind and were never able to mount a serious comeback, as the Wind won the game 5-1.
In the last game of pool play the Skyhawks jumped to an early 3-0 lead against the Abeline Ikes, with RBI singles by Weege and K. Martin and a bases loaded walk to Barden to force in the third run. The hits by Weege and Martin were the only two of the game for the Skyhawks and they lost 4-3 as the Ikes scored twice in the third and once in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
"Lindsay Roecker and Katie Martin did a super job pitching for us this weekend," said coach Martin. "I felt very good about our play on Sunday in the tournament."
The Skyhawks finished the weekend 4-3 and their next tournament will be the USSSA State Tournament at Emporia this upcoming weekend.