The Hays High School softball team jumped out to early leads in both games at Dodge City on Thursday, and the Indians extended those leads to take both games of the Western Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Indiansí starter for the conference opener, Kaitlyn Brown, entered the circle for the first time with a 3-0 lead. The Demons got one across in the second inning, and each team scored once in the third and fourth to make it 5-3 after four.
From there, the Indian offense put the Demons away, scoring three in the sixth and 10 in the seventh to give Brown a 18-3 advantage before the hostís final at-bat. Brown gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh for an 18-5 final but earned the win after allowing eight hits and five runs, only two of which were earned. She struck out seven against two walks.
The top of the Indian order did its job and more. Leadoff hitter Tessa Stickel and Albany Schaffer, the Indiansí No. 1 and 2 hitters, respectively, each homered twice and drove in three runs. Nicole Dinkel, the Indiansí third hitter, went yard once and plated three runs on her three hits.
Hays High out-hit Dodge City by a 21-8 margin in the opener.
Game 2, a 13-7 HHS win, was much of the same. Jaysa Wichers picked up the complete-game victory, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs with five strikeouts.
Wichers had an 8-0 advantage to work with after two, as the Indians scored five in the top of the second. She took the circle in the bottom of the sixth with a 13-3 before allowing the final four runs of the game.
Stickel homered again and joined Schaffer, Dinkel, Kylie Brown and Shannon Schumacher with multiple hits. Senior Kylie Brown led the Indians with three RBI on three hits, including a double.
Dodge Cityís Jessica Olivarez homered three times in the game and was responsible for six of the Demonsí runs.
Hays High owned a 15-10 advantage in hits in the second game.
Hays High will take a 4-2 record into todayís games at Salina South.