Wellington girls sweep defending state champions; boys not as fortunate

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(Photo by Eric Rinehart).By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School girls softball team opened the 2016 season with a bang at Worden Park, taking down the defending state champion Augusta Orioles 6-2 and 8-7. The Wellington boys, however, were swept at Sellers Park by Augusta 4-2 in 11 innings and 8-1 in the nightcap.The Crusader girls with its five seniors would overcome a 7-2 deficit in extra innings in game two to complete a season sweep against the defending Class 4A Div. 1 state champions from Augusta. Granted, it is a new year for Augusta, which returns just two starters from 2015, and is playing a slew of freshmen and sophomores. Nevertheless, it was the first time Wellington has beaten the storied softball program in several years.Wellington opened the season with a 6-2 victory Monday afternoon – on an unusually calm and somewhat comfortable day at Worden Park. Usually, Wellington fans are being treated for frostbite after viewing early spring games at the softball complex in northwest Wellington.The Crusaders opened the season quickly with a run in the first inning. Junior Erin Goodrum smacked a triple to right field and came home on a Ryleigh Buck sacrifice fly. Augusta added two runs in the top of the fourth, but Wellington responded quickly with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.The Crusaders took advantage of three Oriole errors and hit three singles as Madi Lewellen, Bailey DeJarnett, McKenna Oathout and Avery Rusk all scored to give Wellington a 5-2 cushion. The Crusaders added an insurance run in the sixth when Rusk whacked a softball to center field for a double and came home on a fielders choice to give Wellington a 6-2 lead.Rusk secured victory in left field with a diving catch in the top of the seventh with an Augusta runner at third.Lewellen, a WHS junior, was the winning pitcher in the circle, allowing five hits, three walks while striking out 10. Wellington would churn out seven hits against Alison Macari, walking twice and striking out four times. Wellington had seven hits, including three from senior slugger R. Buck.Game two, Wellington pulled off a huge comeback after getting in trouble early. Buck, who would get two home runs in this ball game, opened the game by burying the ball over the right field fence to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.But Augusta would get two runs in the top of the second to tie the game. Then in the third, the Orioles would score five runs after two outs after Madison Wheeler slipped in a ball right between three Wellington defenders in short right field.Still, the Crusaders were undaunted and would chip away at the lead in the next two innings at bat. Buck hit her second home run to open the bottom half of the fourth. Then singles by Jacelyn Buck and Lewellen, brought in two more runs.Down 7-5, Rusk would double in the bottom of the fifth. After R. Buck singled Rusk home, Wellington loaded the bases. J. Buck brought her sister home on a right-field blooper and this game was tied at 7-all.The score stayed that way into extra innings when Augusta would load the bases with one out.But freshman third baseman J. Buck would make an unassisted double play on a catch and force out to end the inning.Wellington responded with DeJarnett singling and then eventually scoring on an Oathout single to left field.There were 26 hits in this game with Augusta hitting 14 of them in the losing cause. Interestingly, Augusta had just one double with the rest singles. Freshman pitcher Brooke McCorkle had a rough varsity debut for Wellington, allowing 13 hits, two walks while striking out two. Lewellen would relieve her in the fourth and allowed one hit and one walk.R. Buck was 3 of 4 at the plate.Wellington travels Thursday to Mulvane and then to El Dorado on April 4. Wellington isn’t scheduled to be back home until Monday, April 11.Game 1Augusta.   0 0 0 2 0 0 0.   2 5 7Wellington 1 0 0 4 0 1 x.   6 7 2WP Lewellen 7I 5H 2R 1ER 10K 3BB.LP Macari.Rusk 0/4 1R 1ROE.E Goodrum 1/4 1R 1RBI 1Triple 1ROE.R Buck 3/3 1R 2RBI 1DBL 1SF 1SB.McCorkle 1/2 1RBI 2BB.J Buck 0/4 2ROE 1FC.Lewellen 1/4 1R.B DeJarnett 0/3 1R 2ROE.A Goodrum 0/2 1SAC.Oathout 1/3 1R 1RBI.GAME 2Augusta.   0 2 0 5 0 0 0 0   7 14 2Wellington 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 1.   8 12 0WP Lewellen 4I 1H 0R 0ER OK 1BB 1HBP.    McCorkle 4I 13H 7R 7ER 2K 2BB 3HBP.LP DivineRusk 2/4 2R 1RBI 1BB 1DBL 4SB.E Goodrum 0/4 1RBI.R Buck 3/4 3R 2RBI 2HR 1ROE 3SB.McCorkle 0/2 1R 2BB. J Buck 2/4 1R 1RBI.Lewellen 2/4 1RBI 1ROE.B DeJarnett 2/4 1R 1RBI.Zimmerman 0/3 1BB.Oathout 1/4.—————The Wellington boys fortunes were not as good as their girls counterparts in WHS head coach Jeff Frazee’s coaching debut.Wellington got the season off to a good start grabbing a 2-0 lead early. After 2 1/2 scoreless innings, Wellington’s bats started flying in the third and fourth inning, but could only get two runs off of seven hits.Derek Driskell doubled in the third and would eventually come home on a passed ball to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.In the fourth, senior Jared Shields singled to start the inning, That was followed by a Wesley Gilmore and Connor Burnett hit. Shields came home on a Cameron Bartelson hit to make it 2-0. Wellington left the inning with the bases loaded.Augusta was held scoreless into the sixth, but would eventually score on a Keltiska double and this sent the game into extra innings.The two teams stayed knotted at 2-all when Augusta broke the stalemate in the top of the 11th on a Wesbrooks double followed by a single thereafter. Wellington could not score thereafter and the game ended 4-2.“Augusta is a good ball club,” Frazee said. “They were state semifinalists last year. For us to play them this tough was a good sign. Unfortunately, we were plagued with too many errors.”In game two, Wellington would lose 8-1. The Crusaders’ lone score came on a Shields run after singling in the top of the seventh inning.Wellington committed six errors in the two games.“We made six physical errors which are better than mental errors,” Frazee said. “Physical errors are those like overthrows or not catching the ball. Mental errors are much worse, making throws to the wrong positions.“We are going to get better. Our pitching was good. Our hitting was good. But we need to better with fielding.”Adam Hilt was Wellington’s starting pitcher and had a no decision. Noah Rinehart came in as relief. Jones was the losing pitcher in game two.Wellington, now 0-2, travels Thursday to Mulvane.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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