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Softball Captures Pair of Close Victories Against Garden City For Series Sweep

Mike Smith

Dodge City Community College

Special to Rocking M Media

Dodge City softball team brought out the brooms on Saturday earning a doubleheader sweep of Garden City at home which gives the Conquistadors the four-game series season sweep over the Broncbusters.

The Conqs picked up a pair of close game victories winning 15-13 in game one and 5-4 in game two. The wins push the Conqs to 12-16 on the season and 8-8 in KJCCC action. Win also is the fifth straight against the Broncbusters while also being the first four-game series season sweep of Garden City for the Conqs since 2017.

Conqs are back in action on Sunday, April 3rd when they host North Platte for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 2:00 pm.

Game 1 – vs Garden City Won 15-13

The offense was plentiful in game one of the doubleheader between the Conqs and Broncbusters on Saturday as the game would feature 28 runs on 34 hits. Garden City struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but the Conqs scratched a run across in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1. In the second Garden City added a run but the Conqs were able to get a pair of runs on a two-RBI single by Kalei Villegas to tie the game at 3-3. In the bottom of the third, the Conqs sent eight to the plate and tallied five runs to take the lead as the inning was highlighted by a Jennifer Katz two-run homer. Garden City countered by batting around in the fourth and scoring eight to give themselves the lead back, but it was short-lived as the Conqs again scored five this time in the fourth as a two-run home run by Stephanie Torres highlighted the inning for the Conqs. Garden City managed to tie the game up at 13-13 with two runs in the top of the fifth but with three doubles in the bottom of the sixth, the Conqs scored two runs as AJ Poell and Torres each had RBI doubles to push the Conqs up 15-13. Garden City would work on a pair of base runners in the top of the seventh, but the Conqs shut the door and picked up the 15-13 win.

At the plate, Torres was 3-4 with three runs scored, three RBI, a home run, and a double, while Makayla Garcia finished 2-4 with a double and two runs scored. Ollievia Lowe added a 2-4 game with two runs scored, as everyone in the Conqs lineup recorded a hit in the win.

Inside the circle, K'Lee Flores came in to toss the final 3.1 innings and earned the win giving up just two runs on six hits, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out three. Alexis Holman started the contest and Alicyn O'Neill also saw action inside the circle.

Game 2 – vs Garden City Won 5-4

Conqs broke through first in game two scoring a run on an RBI single by Villegas in the bottom of the second to take the 1-0 lead. Garden City responded with a run in the top of the third to tie the game, but the Conqs had an answer also as they regained the lead at 2-1 with an RBI single by Castro in the bottom of the fourth. Garden City snagged the lead in the fifth behind three runs but once again the Conqs responded as Poell notched a single and then Spencer roped a double into center field putting two on for Torres who hit a ball to right field that dropped and rolled to the fence for an inside the park home run scoring three runs and giving the Conqs the lead back. Garden City worked the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the top of the seventh but Flores and the Conqs defense finished out the game for the 5-4 win.

In the win the Conqs 11-attack was led by a trio of multi-hit games as Lowe was 2-4 with a pair of doubles, Katz went 2-2 with a double, run scored, and a walk, and Poell finished 2-3 with a run scored. Torres was 1-3 with her three-run inside the park home run and added a stolen base as she reached on an error in the game.

Danika Utajara earned the win inside the circle tossing five innings of work giving up four runs on seven hits, no walks, and a hit batter while striking out three. Flores finished out the game earning the save tossing the final two innings giving up just one hit and one walk.

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