Indian softball suffers first loss, earns split
Published on -4/20/2012, 10:22 AM
By The Hays Daily News
The Hays High softball team is no longer undefeated.
The Indians split their conference-opening doubleheader against Great Bend, losing 3-2 in 11 innings in Game 1 and winning 6-4 in the nightcap.
Hays High (11-1, 3-1 Western Athletic Conference) stretched Game 1 to 11 innings before Great Bend pitcher Hunter Middleton hit a 2-RBI walk-off single.
Hays High pitcher Hannah Hearld (6-1) suffered the loss after throwing 10 1/3 innings. She struck out five and allowed six hits and three runs (two earned).
Hays High senior second baseman Makenzie Flaska went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs.
In Game 2, the Indians won the game in the seventh. Flaska hit a two-RBI double in the top of the seventh to give Hays High its 6-4 lead.
Hearld earned the victory, as she relieved Flaska in the middle of the fifth, moving to 7-1 this season.
Flaska allowed four hits and two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, while Hearld allowed five hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Hearld finished 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while senior third baseman Paige Lunsford was 2-for-4, with a home run and three runs scored.
In the last two seasons, Hays High has lost just twice in WAC play, both losses were at the hands of Great Bend. The Panthers moved to 13-1, 3-1.
Hays High plays at Larned on Thursday.