Beware the Beavers
By Rod Haxton, editor
SCHS girls bring a new attitude, winning ways to softball diamond
The Scott City girls are in uncharted territory.
They are riding the wave of an eight game winning streak for the first time in school history.
For the first time in the sport’s history they are six games over .500.
And for one of the rare times in the sport’s existence at SCHS the Lady Beavers are no longer seen as a “W” on another team’s schedule.
“These girls want to win so bad. They’re finally starting to realize they have the ability to beat anyone,” says second year head coach Erin Myers.
Scott City has been beating just about anyone after their double-header loss against Goodland to open the season.
Since then, not only has Scott City been winning, but in their eight games since they’ve been demolishing the competition by a combined score of 105-21.
They’re obviously doing it with their bats and their gloves.
Amanda Kough is hitting at a torrid .714 pace to lead the lineup, followed by Jordan Miller (.667) and Nancy Wiebe (.625).
Playing a rescheduled game on the home field Monday, the Lady Beavers cruised to a pair of wins over Elkhart, 10-3 and 14-4.
In the opening game, SCHS pounced on the visiting Wildcats for four runs in the bottom of the first inning and three more in the third frame.
Kaitlyn Roberts, who was the starting pitcher in the opener, was 3-of-3 at the plate while Miller, Aspyn Nix and Bailey Latta each contributed a pair of hits.
Roberts allowed just five hits over seven innings, including eight strikeouts.
The nightcap was tied briefly at 3-3 in the third inning, but the Lady Beavers scored a run in the bottom of the inning and then put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth inning.
SCHS pounced 17 hits, including four each by Miller, Kough and Krystal Appel.
The Lady Beavers took both ends of a double-header at Lakin by mercy-rule on Tuesday. They scored 12 runs in the third inning of the opener on their way to a 20-2 win. They followed with a 10 run fourth inning in the nightcap to complete the sweep, 17-1.
Miller had a huge night at the plate, finishing 6-of-6 with four RBIs.
“Lakin’s a good hitting team, but we played real well defensively,” says Myers. “There were a couple of innings where they had runners on second and third, but we were able to get out of it without allowing a run.”
The pitching tandem of Roberts and Nicole Latta has also been very effective.
“Kaitlyn has very good control and I feel like she’s picked up some speed on her fastball just since the start of the season,” Myers says.
“With Nicole at shortstop, she does a great job of paying attention to the lineup and seeing what they can and can’t hit. She’s able to use that to her advantage when she pitches the second game.”
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