The Dodge City Lady Conquistadors made too many physical and mental mistakes on the field and at the plate in losing both games of a Friday afternoon softball doubleheader to the Johnson County Lady Cavaliers at Legends Park.
Johnson County won the first game 10-5 and the nightcap 4-2.
Dodge City head coach Howie Smith couldn't help hide his frustration in the way the Lady Conqs didn't execute the way he feels they could have; except for the pitching that he felt was good, but was let down by the defense behind them.
"We told them that they had to play their A-game against Johnson County and they played at a C-minus level," Smith said. "What was more frustrating was that we could have won both games if we had played at a B-level.
“We put ourselves into position to win both games, but it was the little things that did us in. We need to regroup and get back at it.”
The Lady Cavaliers (8-3, 5-1) scored one run in the first inning and three more in the fourth. Lindsey Gorham led the charge in the second inning with a two-run double. She followed that up in the third with a grand slam to make the score 8-0 and a run-scoring single by Caitlin Martin made the score 9-0 in the middle of the fourth.
Dodge City (8-8, 4-4) got a single run in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by Kaitlyn Amaral; then scored four more runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 9-5.
Lindsey Karlin hit a two-run double, Ashley Stephenson hit a RBI single and Elizabeth Acosta brought in a run on a groundout.
Johnson County scored a run in the top of the seventh to complete the win in the first game.
The Lady Conqs got their first two runners on base in three innings of the nightcap, but they couldn't get the runners across despite the opportunities.
"We did that three times where we could have scored if they only had quality at-bats," Smith said. "At worst, the game should have been tied (after seven innings)."
Stephenson and Karlin hit RBI singles in the seventh to get Dodge City on the board and have an opportunity to get back into the game, but the Lady Conqs stranded them on base to end the game.
Johnson County got a solo home run by Hayden Roberts in the fourth and three more in the sixth — a two-run home run by Gorham and a RBI single by Zoe Price — to complete the sweep.
The Lady Conqs return to action today with another home doubleheader against Fort Scott, starting at noon.