Skyhawks open with three wins, then lose two
The Sunflower Skyhawks 18-and-under softball team opened the summer season with a great Saturday, but Sunday wasn't too good as they dropped two games.
On Saturday, the Skyhawks opened the Johnson County Girls Athletic Association Stars Classic with three wins. They beat Kansas City PayData Thunder 5-4, the St. Louis Panthers 16-0 and the Northland Angels 15-0. On Sunday, the Skyhawks fell to Coffeyville Zoie 7-0 and the Kansas City Hawks 4-3, and were eliminated from the 16-team tournament.
"The tournament was good for us because it gave us a chance to work together and to start coming together as a team," said coach Bob Martin. "The girls had all finished their high school seasons two weeks ago, but we hadn't practiced together since then. We felt that the time off would be good for them and would pay off later in the summer.
"The lack of time together showed," Martin said. "We were hurt by mistakes in each of our losses that we won't be making later on in the season. With a little time together now, we think we will be successful as we move through the summer."
In the opening win, the Skyhawks trailed 3-1 after two innings, but a two-run single by Katie Martin drove in Tarin Troth and Suzie Weege to put the Skyhawks up for good. Satinne Maring was the winning pitcher and struck out six.
The Skyhawks used a four-run first inning and a seven-run second to win the run-rule shortened second game 16-0. Jill Dorsey had three hits to spark the attack and Lindsay Roecker picked up the pitching win.
In the third game, another run-rule shortened affair, the Skyhawks struck for four runs in the second inning and eight in the third for the 15-0 win. Dorsey had four hits and Deanna Barden had three. Roecker was again the winning pitcher.
In Sunday's first loss, the game was close until Coffeyville scored five runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 7-0 win. Martin and Troth had the only hits. Maring took the loss.
In the finale, the Skyhawks came back from a 4-1 deficit with a home run by Martin and a Dorsey single to score Weege in the fifth. But, they left the tying run on base in each of the last three innings. Dorsey and Maring both had two hits and Maring again took the loss.
For the tourney, Dorsey was 10 of 15 (.667) with three runs and three runs batted in; Martin was 5 of 8 (.625) with four walks, five runs and the homer; and Kristen Wessel was 5 of 16 with five runs and three RBIs. Roecker was 2-0, working seven innings and giving up no runs and just two hits. Maring was 1-2 despite giving up just five earned runs in 17 innings of work. She also struck out 14.
Next action for the Skyhawks is Saturday and Sunday in the Coffeyville tournament.