Haymakers Score Lead Early And Earn Win Over Swedes
A fast start and strong finish was the formula for success for the Lady Haymakers to defend their home turf by a score of 10-2 against Gothenburg in a highly-anticipated softball showdown that was in front of a large contingency of diamond fans on Thursday at the Hay Field in Cozad.
Gothenburg tried to break the ice on the scoreboard when Kasey Wellmann singled then advanced around to third base where she was stranded and the score remained 0-0.
The Haymakers were able to get sway the momentum in their favor in the bottom of the first inning when Alyssa Schneider connected on a two-out double into left field. During the ensuing at-bat, Ali Arndt helped out her own cause by connecting on an RBI-double into left field to score Schneider and make the score 1-0. Courtesy runner Hailey Wilson would then score on Alynne Myer’s single into right field to make the score 2-0 before Gothenburg retired the side.
The Lady Swedes were able to dent the deficit in the top of the second inning when Nikita Wear hit an RBI-double deep into to centerfield that scored Kaitlyn Kleinknecht to make the score 2-1. Wear was then able to circle and score on a single by Lauryn Cardenas to make the score 2-2 at the midway point of the second inning.
The Lady Haymakers were able to answer the scoring effort by Gothenburg with their own rendition of the Big Red Machine. Cozad’s Sammy Crick and Emilia Carlos both got on base the hard way by getting hit by pitches. Soon thereafter, Sarah Yocom connected on a two-RBI drive into left field to push the Lady Haymakers lead to the count of 4-2. Yocom was chomping at the bit to score from second base and got just what the doctor ordered when Brenna Dugan hit an RBI-single into centerfield to make the score 5-2 before the smoke cleared on the second inning of play.
The pitching prowess of Ali Arndt for Cozad and Lady Swede Karleigh Kleinknecht flexed their muscles in the third inning by keeping the the score at 5-2 despite the efforts to break the ice on the scoreboard for the inning.
During the top of the fourth inning, Kylie Koehler singled to lead off the inning for the Lady Swedes. She soon was stranded on first base with a pair of flyouts off the bats of Karleigh Kleinknecht and Nikita Wear and then Ali Arndt retired the side with a strikeout issued to keep the score at 5-2.
Looking for more insurance on the scoreboard, the Cozad offense went to work again in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Sarah Yocom doubled into left field to lead off for the Red and Black. In the process of a Brenna Dugan sacrifice, Yocom advanced to third base. Yocom would then score during the ensuing at-bat when Alyssa Schneider put a charge into an offering that snuck into left field. Schneider would then advance to third base and score on Ali Arndt’s double into the gap in centerfield to give the Lady Haymakers a bigger cushion at 7-2. Hailey Wilson was the courtesy runner for Arndt that circled third and then scored on Chloe Lundgren’s fielders choice to make the score 8-2 at the end point of the fourth inning.
Going into the fifth inning of play, the score remained at 8-2.
For the Lady Swedes, Kasey Wellmann singled into left field and then stole second base to get into scoring position. Wellmann would then advance to third base when Kaitlyn Aden connected on a two-out single. The scoring threat was extinguished when Lady Haymaker Sarah Yocom extended to snare a Bryse Young line drive to end the top of the fifth frame with the score remaining at 8-2.
To start off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Lady Haymakers, Yocom and Brenna Dugan both singled. Yocom was then able to advance and score on a Gothenburg miscue that also allowed Dugan to advance to third base. Dugan was then able to trot home and score on an Ali Arndt RBI-single to finish the contest due to run-rule, 10-2.
Ali Arndt earned the mound win for Cozad while allowing just two runs and striking out four batters.
Arndt and Sarah Yocom both finished the contest 3-4 at the dish with two doubles apiece. Arndt had three RBI’s and Yocom had two to go along with her three stolen bases.
Kasey Wellmann and Kaitlyn Aden led the Lady Swedes with two hits apiece. Wellmann also had a pair of stolen bases.
Score By Innings
Gothenburg 0 2 0 0 0 -2
Cozad 2 3 0 3 2-10