WYANDOTTE — Scoring 30 runs in two games, Wyandotte swept Commerce in their Class 2A District 27 fast-pitch softball tournament here Thursday, Sept. 21.
Wyandotte crushed the Lady Tigers 20-2 in the opener then rolled 10-0 in the clincher.
“We got some big hits,” Wyandotte coach Kendall Young said. “We’re coming along. It’s nice because we are so young, but experienced, too.”
Seniors Elizabeth Mensink and Aranda Nair turned in solid pitching performances for the Lady Bears (22-10).
Mensink had a no-hitter in Game 2, striking out six and walking one.
Nair logged eight strikeouts and two walks while yielding only two hits, a pair of singles by Sunny Crawford, in the opener.
Commerce pitcher Ashley Barton was able to pitch only 2.2 innings in the opener because of an injury. She had thrown 101 of the Lady Tigers’ 118.1 innings on the season.
Barton allowed 11 runs and seven hits with five walks in the opener.
River Friel and Aislyn Davis each 2/3 of an inning in Game 1 then Davis, Friel and Morgan Ballard were in the circle in Game 2.
“We had some girls who did well for just learning how to pitch,” said Commerce coach Kaily Harvey. “We are proud of them for stepping up. We just couldn’t get the bats going behind them.”
The Lady Tigers finished 11-15 in Harvey’s first season.
“They all did very well this season, especially for being a young team,” she said. “We still have a lot to learn and I’m excited for the future.”
“Commerce is not bad when the Barton girl is in the circle,” Young said. “That tells you a lot about softball. If you’ve got one in the circle, you can be pretty good.”
The Lady Bears learn Monday, Sept. 25 where they will be sent for regional play.
“We’re going to go in as the underdog — we will probably be a 4-seed in the regional. We’re going to be one of the toughest 4-seeds that you can thing of because of our schedule.”
Wyandotte 10, Commerce 0
The Lady Bears scored four runs in the first inning and continued to pull away.
They got two runs in the second and broke the game open with a four-run rally in the fifth.
Grace Parmley had two single for Wyandotte. Jennelle Lundien, Haley Hart and Nair all had base hits.
Only four of the Lady Bears runs were earned
Wyandotte 20, Commerce 2
A 10-run third inning broke open what had been a close game.
The Lady Bears sent 15 batters to the plate and took advantage of a two-run triple by Mensink, an RBI double by Parmley, a run-scoring single by Madelyn Branham, two errors and a passed ball.
Hart collected a double and single while Nair and Ally Bartley had two singles.
Mensink tripled, Parmley doubled and Branham and Kallie Morisset singled.
Wyandotte had eight hit batters and six walks. Commerce also had five errors.
“We’ve had a really good year,” Young said. “It’s frustrating because we’re not ranked. We’re 22-10 right now.”