With an emotionally packed weekend, the Dodge City Lady Demon softball team had their work cut out for them with a visit from Wichita Heights on Tuesday afternoon at Legends Complex.


With an emotionally packed weekend, the Dodge City Lady Demon softball team had their work cut out for them with a visit from Wichita Heights on Tuesday afternoon at Legends Complex.
     Despite battling hard throughout both contests, the Demons watched the Falcons grab the double-header sweep with 16-2 and 11-9 victories.
     “We had some compounding errors that made the score larger than what it was in game one, because minus those two innings and we’re still in the game,” said head coach Heather Steiner. “In the second game, they started hitting our pitching pretty hard after we grabbed the lead. We stayed in it, but we had some crucial at bats that we didn’t come through on. They fought hard.”
     In game one, Heights had a 1-0 lead entering the third inning, as starting pitcher Becca Bartel was doing a good job at controlling the Falcon offense. However, the Demons would commit several key errors in the inning, including two on throws to first base, that opened up the floodgates for six run for Heights.
     Eventually, Dodge City nabbed two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Ashley Stephenson came ever so close to notching her first home run of the season with a double up against the center field fence. She was brought home by freshman Riley Lopp, who smacked an RBI single up the middle to give the Demons their only two runs of the game.
     As for the series finale, Dodge City jumped out to the early 3-0 lead in the third inning, but squandered the lead when Heights came back with five runs in the top of the fourth. Down but not out, the girls continued to fight hard for the win, trading blows back and forth with the Falcons, coming close on multiple occasions.
     However, the Falcons would prove to be too much offensively as the Demons couldn’t score enough runs to keep pace.
     Now Dodge will prepare for a Western Athletic Conference meeting with Garden City on the road this Friday, their first conference action in quite some time.
     “No matter what, Garden comes ready to play and they’re intense and they’re a tough team,” Steiner said. “We need to be mentally tough in those WAC situations and with the game being in Garden, it makes it a tough game just because it’s such a big rivalry.”
     An update from Friday night, first baseman Katie Tieben is out of the hospital and even made an appearance at the Demon game when the sun went down. She will be kept out of school for the next couple weeks, but doctors have curbed the seizures that she had been suffering since her collision at first base against Wichita South.