Warriors softball loses a pair to Hoisington

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion-Florence/ Peabody-Burns softball team lost a pair of games Thursday at Hoisington, 10-5 and 9-0.

“Overall, I felt like this was probably the best night that we’ve put together in a long time even though the scores didn’t show it,” coach Charlotte Waner said. “We played good defense in the first game and Hoisington was a good team.

“We started hitting the ball, but we just kept hitting it right at them.”

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sonja Steinborn led off with a walk and later scored. Hoisington scored a single run in the first and third to take a 2-1 lead before adding two more runs in the fourth to go on top 4-1.

Still nursing a three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals erupted for four runs on four base hits for an 8-1 lead.

The Warriors added a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to cut the margin to 8-5, but could not overcome it.

Steinborn allowing 12 hits and four earned runs in seven innings.

The Warriors managed six hits in the game, with Kari Tajchman recording the only extra base hit, a seventh-inning double.

Game 2 was all Hoisington as the Cardinals roughed up Steinborn early, scoring four times in the first and four more times in the third for an 8-0 lead.

The Warrior offense, meanwhile, went stagnant with only one hit-a Steinborn single in the third inning. Defensively, the Warriors hurt their cause with five errors.

With the losses, the Warriors are 5-11 overall.

Lyons-The Warrior split a pair of games at Lyons Tuesday.

In Game 1, pitcher Sonja Steinborn allowed 11 hits but only two earned runs as the Warriors won a thriller, 7-6.

The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning, thanks in part to two base hits and three Lion errors. Austin Percell, Kari Tajchman, Allie Maddox and Kara Holt scored in the inning.

“We came out on fire with our bats, and I think we kind of caught them off guard,” coach Charlotte Waner said. “We held our own and won, so it was a great game because we finally played up to our potential.”

After Lyons scored a single run in the bottom of the inning, the Warriors added two more runs in the second. Lanna Carroll led off with a double and scored on a Percell double. Percell scored when Tajchman followed with a single for 6-1 lead.

Lyons closed the gap to 6-4 after four innings.

The Warriors scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth when Percell singled with one out and scored on a Tajchman double.

Lyons added a pair of runs in the sixth inning, but Lyons left the tying run on second in the seventh.

The Warriors accumulated 15 hits, including three each by Maddox, Lauren Helmer and Carroll.

In Game 2, Lyons scored a run in the first inning before the Warriors tied the game in the third when Tajchman, Maddox and Erica Geis stroked consecutive singles.

But Lyons exploded for six runs in the third inning to go on top 7-1.

The Warriors added a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, but Lyons sealed the verdict in the fifth when they added six more runs on seven hits.

The Warriors finished with 12 hits. Maddox had three and Tajchman, Geis and Morgan Cady two apiece. The defense committed five errors.

Coming-The Warriors were scheduled to play Tuesday at Lindsborg against Smoky Valley and Friday at Wichita against Wichita Collegiate.

On Tuesday, May 16, the Warriors travel to Augusta for the regional tournament.

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