By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
After the first three games of the season were rained out, the Liberal Lady Redskins were finally able to play softball Saturday and came away with a split against Scott City.
Freshman Lacie Lanning hit a walk-off double in the seventh in Game 1 for a 15-14 win.
“Kaeleah Chaloupek did a tremendous job controlling the mound in Game 1,” Liberal coach Jason Wilson said. “She finished with nine strikeouts against Scott City and forced our defense to make plays in the field.”
Wilson said the Lady Redskins still need to improve in the field.
“Defensively, having eight errors is an area we will continue to focus on,” he said. “We have to make sure we make the right plays and stay focused every pitch. The girls must continue to understand we have to have short memories on the mistakes that occur and continue to push forward to the next pitch and the next play.”
Corey Mein provided some offense in the sixth with an RBI double, and Alize tatum chalked up 3 RBIs. Khiley Davis had four stolen bases and scored four runs from the lead-off slot.
Lanning had a hot start as a freshman, turning in a 4 four 5 performance at the plate including the walk-off RBI double.
“Offensively, I felt we did a great job putting the ball in play finishing with 15 runs on 13 hits,” Wilson said.
Liberal fell behind early in Game 2 and never recovered in a 13-3 loss.
“I felt our energy and excitement from Game 1 fell to the way side,” Wilson said. “The ladies have to continue to understand how to respond from adversity.”
Alexia Torres started in the circle but could not keep the Scott City runners off the bases. The Lady Beavers scored five runs in the first inning.
Tatum suffered an injury in the first inning, and the Lady redskins had to shuffle their defense while losing a potent bat from the line-up.
“We didn’t have the energy and enthusiasm for Game 2 that was there for Game 1, but we talked about opportunities and what it takes to be a seven-inning competitor each game,” Wilson said.
After missing the first three games, Wilson was glad his team was able to finally play and learn from the competition.
“Coming out of Games 1 and 2 with a split allowed us to see game like situations and give us as a coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the girls and teams to focus on where we need to continue to go with our development in practice as we continue to move forward in the season,” he said.
The Lady Redskins (1-1) will begin Western Athletic Conference play Tuesday in Great Bend and will attempt to make up the rain-out game against Hugoton Thursday.