WELCH - A memorable week continued for Kalleigh Chrz as the Welch senior picked up her 100th victory then logged her 1,000th strikeout during games Monday.
She got the 100th win during the Lady Wildcats' 4-2 victory over Oaks in the third-place game at the Welch tournament.
Then a couple hours later, she fanned Afton's Darby Todd to lead off the seventh inning for her milestone strikeout in a 6-2 win over the Lady Eagles.
“That tells you what kind of player she is,” Welch coach Josh Schertz said. “In the last week, she's got her 100th career RBI, her 100th career win and her 1,000th strikeout. It's a treat to coach someone like her.”
The Lady Wildcats fell behind 2-0 in the top of the third against Oaks.
However, in the bottom of the third, Erin Sneddin and Kirsten Leppla singled before Chrz doubled off the left-center field fence.
Then in the bottom of the fourth, Sneddin drove in Emily Kelley to give Welch a 3-2 advantage. The final run for the Lady Cats came on a passed ball.
Afton beat Ketchum 6-5 in the fifth-place game.
Verdigris and Oklahoma Union were to play today at noon in the championship game. They were to have played Monday but the time was pushed back at the last minute.
Welch 6, Afton 2
Chrz had 11 strikeouts and walked three while yielding only one hit - a fourth-inning single by Allison Bean.
Afton got both of its runs in the second on walks to Jennifer Grimes and Ashley Carroll and a pair of errors.
Welch grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on a passed ball and a run-scoring single by Jordan Amos.
The Lady Wildcats got two more in the second then tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth.
Leppla had a double and two singles for Welch. Ashley Marlow chipped in with a pair of singles.
Chrz, Amos and Katie McClurg each chipped in with a single.
“We're hitting the ball better,” Schertz said. “Leppla is killing the ball. But the girls have been working hard.”
Schertz credits assistant coach John Leppla with being a key to the improved hitting by the Lady Wildcats.
Welch travels to Wyandotte and Afton is at Oaks today.