Dodge City scored 28 runs in two games.
The offensive struggles that had plagued the Lady Demons softball team seemingly disappeared on Friday as Dodge City blew past Liberal, sweeping them 17-2 and 11-1.
“This is a game we needed,” head coach Ashley Podschun said. “We’ve struggled the past three games hitting the ball so this was kind of a blessing that we came out and hit the ball hard. We hit the ball on the line like I wanted.”
While getting hits was one of the main struggles for Dodge City over the past several games, pitching has also been a struggle as the Lady Demons have given up 11 or more runs in the last three games.
That too was not an issue as starters Emily Stephenson and Raegan Lopp both had exemplary performances with both pitchers going the distance. Stephenson gave up two runs on five hits while Lopp gave up one run on three hits. Both starters didn’t go the full seven innings as game one ended after four innings and game two ended after five thanks to the run rule.
“Both of them did a really good job of hitting their spots today,” Podschun said. “Raegan’s curveball was working really good early and Emily was just hitting inside/outside. She was pretty much throwing straight heat in-and-out. That’s all I need to ask of them when we play next week in regionals.”
The Lady Demons jumped out early in game one scoring nine runs in the first inning. Liberal put up their two runs in the second but Dodge City would continue to bury them putting up a run in the second, three in the third and four in the fifth to end the game.
Game two would start off much more competitively as Liberal took a 1-0 after the second which the Lady Demons would match in the bottom of the inning.
The competitiveness would end there as nine runs crossed the plate in the next two innings, leaving Liberal behind in the dust as the Dodge City took a 10-1 lead.
Lady Demon Grace Ruehle would have the game-clinching RBI as a single in the fifth would score Caroline Stephenson to end the game, giving Dodge City the sweep.
Seniors Emily Stephenson and Reiyna Cecil were honored in-between games as the programs only two seniors.
“This is my first senior class since this is my first year,” Podschun said. “So they’ll always be a little bit special. They did a good job leading the team. Everything you want your seniors to do they did this year. I’m really proud of them and the way that they finished.”
Dodge City is solidly a five seed heading into the regional tournament. They’ll find out where they’re going and who they’re playing later this weekend.