Lady Chiefs outlast Oís in district thriller
On Tuesday, May 1, the No. 1-seeded Concordia High School softball team traveled to Wellington, where they would play host to the No. 4 seed, I-70 Conference foe Santa Fe High School Lady Chiefs, in a Class 1 District 16 second round matchup.
This tightly contested matchup went all the way to the 10th inning, but when it was all said and done, Santa Fe would stave off elimination, pulling away with a 5-1 victory.
Concordia was coming in fresh off of the bye in the first round, but Santa Fe destroyed Lone Jack High School, 13-4, the night before, giving them plenty of opportunities to work out any kinks in their swings and get their confidence up heading in to the big matchup.
Despite the Oís earning all three victories in their head-to-head matchups (9-0 on March 23, 5-4 on April 12, 5-4 on April 24), the Lady Chiefs narrowly lost in two of them.
Santa Fe junior Kaylee Breshears and Concordia freshman Lauren Fiene took the mound and both dominated, lasting all 10 innings.
Breshears allowed four hits while striking out nine and allowing one earned run. Fiene struck out a whopping 17 Lady Chiefs while walking three and allowing eight hits and five runs (two earned), although four of those runs didnít come until the last inning.
Fiene also threw 171 pitches, of which 123 were strikes. Breshears threw 94 of her 128 pitches for strikes.
From the plate, Fiene got the Oís off to a hot start when she singled in the bottom of the first. She then stole second and third before a single by junior Justice Workman drove her in to make it a 1-0 ballgame.
However, aside from those two hits, senior Madyson Langkrahrís fourth inning double and sixth inning single were the only base runners CHS would have until the ninth inning, when an error netted Fiene first base. Langkrahr followed her with a fielderís choice, and she stole her way around to third base before getting stranded 60 feet from home while representing the winning run.
Santa Fe didnít find a way on until the third inning, when a walk allowed a runner to get to third base before getting left on. An error in the fourth inning allowed another unearned base runner, but the threat would ultimately come to pass.
The fifth inning saw two runners get left in scoring position after a single and a walk didnít quite get the job done. They would, however, tie the game up in the sixth.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, the wheels started falling off in the 10th inning, as the Chiefs batted around en-route to four runs on three hits in the top of the inning.
With one last frame to tie the game, they would go down 1-2-3, ending their season.
Concordia ends at 17-4 (9-1). Despite it not being the ending they wanted, the Orioles should be very proud of themselves for a highly successful season.
With the win, Santa Fe advanced to 6-8 (5-3). Their season would also come to an end the next day, as a loss to Kingsville High School in the district championship, putting them at 6-9 for a final record.