In both losses, the Lady Conqs left 18 total runs on the bases.
The final home games for the Conquistador’s six sophomores didn’t quite go the way they would have wanted as the Dodge City softball team dropped their final regular season games versus Colby Community College 8-3 and 9-5.
“It’s not the way we wanted to go into the playoffs,” head coach Howie Smith said. “I felt like early in both games both defensively and hitting wise we didn’t do very well and we stranded a butt-load of runners again.”
Sophomore Baylee Rial, Taylor Menard, Sabrina Romero, Kim Herron, Dominique Humphrey and Kylie Fox were all honored in between games as this would be their final time playing at Legends Park.
“We’ve had four of them for two years,” Smith said. “They’ve kind of gotten our program back to where we’re contending and where it’s not an easy ‘W’ against Dodge. You hate that on sophomore day things don’t go as planned.”
With the losses, Dodge City moves to 23-17 on the year and 11-13 in conference play. They have now lost six-in-a-row.
Game one started off well enough with both teams putting up a run in the second inning. But Colby ran away with it, plating six-total unanswered runs in the next three innings to take a 7-1 lead.
Dodge City would have their chances but would be unable to find a way to bring runners home, leaving seven runs on the basepaths in the first game.
The Conquistadors would be unable to get anything going as Colby starter Kylee Burnside was on top of it, going five innings while only giving up a run on three hits.
Colby added another run in the top of seventh to push their lead to seven before Dodge City started to get something going, scoring twice one hits from freshman catcher and designated hitter Sydni Odegard and sophomore catcher Kylie Fox but it wouldn’t be enough as the Lady Conqs stranded two to end the game.
Game two looked as if it was heading to the same result in a hurry. After a rough start for freshman Jordyn McDaniel, Dodge City found themselves down 8-1 going into the bottom of the fourth.
Then the hits came. A sac-fly by freshman pitcher Matti Tieben brought home freshman pinch-runner Brooklyn Botts to give Dodge their second run. Then, with two outs, Dodge City just kept racking up baserunners until they had cut the lead to three.
“We finally started putting some topspin on the ball and hitting some ground balls,” Smith said. “I feel like we try so hard when people are in scoring position and you know what happens when you try too hard.”
The fifth inning was very much the same as the Conquistadors managed to get the tying run at the plate with no outs. But three straight groundouts marked the last legitimate chance Dodge City had of coming back.
Similar to game one, Dodge City left 11 runs on base.
The Lady Conqs have until Friday at 1:00 p.m. to try to get things sorted out before they play Colby again in the opening round of the KJCCC tournament in El Dorado.
“We just don’t look very confident at the plate right now,” Smith said. “How do we change that in four days? I don’t know. We’ll try to figure a way out.”