Lady Jays finish season with a 20-7 record

The Sabetha Lady Jays went into the 3A Regional Tournament in Seneca with an 18-6 record and a number one seed. Competition was fierce with all teams battling for a chance to compete in the prestigious State tournament. Sabetha defeated the number eight seeded Hiawatha in the quarterfinals and number four seeded Royal Valley in the semifinals. However, they lost to number two seeded Marysville in the championship game to end their season.

“The girls did a fantastic job all season of setting a new standard for Sabetha softball,” said Head Coach Ross Bruggeman. “The girls did a fantastic job all week of controlling what we could control. There were format changes to the bracket, multiple changes each day to times and fields, and constant worrying about what the weather would do next. But our girls stayed focused on playing our best softball and finding a way to win a couple close games.”

Quarterfinals

In the opening round of regional action on Tuesday, May 14, Sabetha met up with Big 7 foe the Hiawatha Red Hawks. Sabetha got on the board first with one run scored in the second inning when junior Karsyn Meyer scored on a Red Hawk error. They continued to extend their lead by adding two more runs in the third when junior Erin Boltz had a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which allowed senior Alexia Hayden to score. The score was 3-0 heading into the fourth.

Sabetha’s defense kept the Red Hawks from scoring again in the fourth. Then, Sabetha managed to score again when senior Emerson Montgomery crossed the plate on another Red Hawk error.

Hiawatha finally managed to score one run in the fifth when they hit a home run to left field. Sabetha answered by scoring another three runs in the bottom of the fifth, which included a home run by Boltz.

The sixth inning remaining was scoreless for both teams, but Hiawatha whittled away at the deficit in the top of the seventh. Unfortunately for Hiawatha, the damage was done and Sabetha would win, 7-4.

Meyer went two for three at the plate with one run scored and one RBI tallied. Boltz went one for three at the plate with one run scored and two RBIs tallied.

Sophomore Chloe Detweiler started in the circle for Sabetha. She pitched five innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four batters. Hayden came in on relief to throw the final two innings. She surrendered three runs on three hits, while walking one batter.

“Against Hiawatha, we struggled to really square the ball up but did a great job of getting baserunners on, then playing some small ball to score runs,” Coach Bruggeman said. “I thought we were really good on the basepaths and found ways to push runs across. Hiawatha hit a couple late HRs to bring the game closer, but both of our pitchers did a nice job of working ahead in the pitch count and letting our defense work behind them.”

Semifinals

In the semifinal game on Thursday, May 16, Sabetha met up with the Royal Valley Panthers, who they split a doubleheader with the week prior.

The game saw the most action in the first three innings. Sabetha would get on the board first with two runs scored in the first inning and one run scored in the second. The Panthers closed the gap by scoring one run in the second and another in the third. Both teams’ defense stepped it up throughout the remainder of the game to hold each other scoreless. Sabetha would execute “three up, three down” in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

Leading Sabetha at the plate was Hayden, who went two for three. She also tallied one run and one RBI. Seniors Laura Edelman and Victoria Bachtold each tallied one RBI as well.

Detweiler pitched the entire game for Sabetha. She allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out four batters and walking four.

“The girls again did a nice job of grinding out a victory,” Coach Bruggeman said. “We again didn’t hit as well as we were accustomed to, and Chloe Detweiler struggled a little early with command and we were behind in the count a lot. But Chloe did a great job of settling in as the game went on and our defense was great behind her to keep Royal Valley from scoring. Chloe only gave up two hits in seven innings of work and found a way to get ground ball outs when she needed to.”

Finals

With their record 20-6, Sabetha headed into their first-ever regional championship game against the Marysville Bulldogs on Thursday, May 16. Marysville scored in the first inning, but both team’s defenses were tough to beat throughout the game. Marysville managed six hits, while Sabetha only managed three hits and no runs. Marysville would end up winning the regional championship game 1-0, which earned them a State berth.

Collecting hits for Sabetha were sophomore Kiera Keim, Hayden and Boltz.

Hayden started in the circle for Sabetha, pitching the first five innings. She allowed one run on six hits, while striking out three batters and walking three. Detweiler came in on relief to throw the final two innings. She allowed zero hits on zero runs, while striking out four batters and walking one.

“For Marysville, it was a defensive struggle,” Coach Bruggeman said. “Marysville scored in the top of the first inning on a double that hit the third base foul line and there was no more scoring for the rest of the game. Alexia Hayden started for us in the circle and pitched five innings. Chloe Detweiler pitched the final two innings.

“Defensively, we played our best game of the season highlighted by three double plays and a diving catch in the outfield by Karsyn Meyer but couldn’t find a way to string any hits together to score a run. Marsyville’s pitcher did a great job of adjusting to the strike zone of the umpire, and every ball we hit seemed to be right at one of their players on defense. It was just one of those games where we didn’t catch a break.”

“As far as the season goes, our seniors set three goals before Spring Break, and they were 1) Having a winning record, 2) Finish in the top half of the Big 7 League, and 3) Play for a Regional Championship. We accomplished all of those goals and finished with a 20-7 record and second-place finish in the Big 7,” Coach Bruggeman said. “The coaches are extremely proud of the girls’ efforts this year and even though the season ended on a heart-breaking note, the girls will have a lot of positive memories moving forward. This team built on the foundation that we began laying last year and has definitely left the program better than when they began.”

 

vs. Hiawatha

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Kiera Keim

3

1

2

0

1

0

Alexia Hayden

4

1

1

0

0

0

Laura Edelman

4

0

1

0

0

0

Erin Boltz

3

1

1

2

0

0

Victoria Bachtold

3

1

2

0

0

0

Halley Mitchell

3

0

0

0

0

1

Karsyn Meyer

3

1

2

1

0

1

Jyllian Stapleton

3

0

2

0

0

0

Chloe Detweiler

3

0

1

1

0

1

LINE SCORE

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Sabetha

0

1

2

1

3

0

X

X

X

7

12

1

Hiawatha

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

X

X

4

8

3

Game Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

Alexia Hayden

2.0

21

47.6

3

3

3

1

0

Chloe Detweiler

5.0

62

72.6

5

1

1

0

4

 

vs. Royal Valley

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Kiera Keim

4

1

1

0

0

0

Alexia Hayden

3

1

2

1

1

1

Laura Edelman

2

0

0

1

0

1

Erin Boltz

3

0

1

0

0

1

Victoria Bachtold

3

0

1

1

0

1

Halley Mitchell

3

1

1

0

0

0

Karsyn Meyer

2

0

0

0

1

0

Jyllian Stapleton

3

0

1

0

0

0

Chloe Detweiler

3

0

0

0

0

2

LINE SCORE

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Sabetha

2

1

0

0

0

0

X

X

X

3

7

2

Royal Valley

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

X

X

2

2

3

Game 1 Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

Chloe Detweiler

7.0

102

54.9

2

2

1

4

4

 

vs. Marysville

Player Name

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Kiera Keim

3

0

1

0

0

0

Alexia Hayden

3

0

1

0

0

1

Laura Edelman

3

0

0

0

0

1

Erin Boltz

3

0

1

0

0

0

Victoria Bachtold

3

0

0

0

0

0

Emerson Montgomery

2

0

0

0

0

1

Halley Mitchell

2

0

0

0

0

1

Karsyn Meyer

1

0

0

0

0

1

Jyllian Stapleton

3

0

0

0

0

0

Chloe Detweiler

1

0

0

0

0

1

LINE SCORE

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Sabetha

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

X

X

0

3

1

Marysville

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

X

X

1

6

1

Game Pitching

Name

IP

#P

S%

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

Alexia Hayden

5.0

71

60.6

6

1

1

3

3

Chloe Detweiler

2.0

25

64.0

0

0

0

1

4

 

Heather Stewart98 Posts

Heather Stewart is one of two co-editors for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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