The Dodge City Community College softball team opened up its season on Tuesday afternoon, as they were swept by the Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Lady Jets. The Conqs lost by scores of 11-3 (5 innings) and 11-4.
Brittney Gonzalez was perfect at the plate in game one, going 3-for-3 with two singles, and a double. Jordyn McDaniel was the only other Conquistador with multiple hits.
McDaniel also started in the circle for the Conquistadors in game one, throwing 4.0 innings and striking out one. Brittany Kendall threw the final 0.2 innings for Dodge City.
Dodge City did not waste any time getting their scoring started in the 2018 season, scratching across two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Jets then fired right back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the first on five hits and one error as the Lady Jets took a 4-2 lead into the second inning.
After Northern Oklahoma-Enid added one run in the bottom of the second, freshman Emily Stephenson led off the top of the third with a home run to left field to cut the lead to 5-3. After the Conqs got runners on first and third with no outs, back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.
A single by the Lady Jets to start the bottom of the fourth, followed by a two run homer by Monahwee quickly pushed the lead back to 7-3 heading into the fifth inning.
Brittany Kendall then took over in the circle to begin the bottom of the fifth inning, where the Lady Jets added four runs with only two being earned to win game one, 11-3 in five innings.
Dodge City had four players collect one hit in game two, including Brittany Kendall, Brooklyn Botts, Samantha Montano and Jordyn McDaniel who had two hits also led the Conqs with two RBI in the game.
Again in game two, the Conquistadors struck first as Gonzalez reached on a single. After stealing second and getting moved to third on a groundout to the second baseman, a single from Samantha Montano gave Dodge City a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Jets quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first, playing a little small ball and scoring one run on back-to-back sac-bunts. Adding two more runs by the end of the first, Enid took a 3-1 lead into the second inning.
After going 14 batters without a hit, Brittany Kendall followed a Jade Brallier walk with a single to snap the streak. After a wild pitch, McDaniel singled to center field and drove in two, to cut the lead to 3-5 with one out in the top of the fifth. After McDaniel was moved to second on a wild pitch, Brooklyn Botts doubled to center field to score a run and cut the lead to one, heading into the bottom of the fifth.
The Lady Jets offense did what they needed do, quickly adding two in the fifth and four more in the sixth to extend the lead to 11-4, moving into the seventh. The Conqs would get one baserunner in the seventh, but could not capitalize, falling to the Lady Jets, 11-4 in game two.
The Conqs are now 0-2 on the year and will be in action again on Friday for their home opener doubleheader against McCook Community College at 12 p.m.