SHS softball

Kaytlyn Millard stands in the batter’s box for the Lady Tigers.

Mt. Vernon righthander Katelyn Kotlarz held the Stockton Lady Tigers hitless for five-and-a-third innings while collecting three hits and two RBI herself as the Lady Mountaineers topped the Lady Tigers 10-3 in non-conference softball Thursday, April 18, at Stockton.

Kotlarz threw a complete game two-hitter with nine strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter.

Also for the Mountaineers, Lyndsey Hood was 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Lauren Herbert was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Stockton (5-11) scored a run in the bottom of the fourth as Amie Garver reached on an error, was sacrificed to second, stole third base and came home on a wild pitch.

Mt. Vernon led 5-1 going into the seventh inning, then tacked on five more runs as the Mountaineers teed off on Stockton pitcher Lyndsy Gire and the defense committed a couple of mental errors to allow extra bases.

“We gave up way too many runs,” Stockton coach Lisa Kenney said. “We held tight for the first four innings.”

Stockton tried to come back in the bottom of the seventh but came up short. Jenna Rickman and Kara Hedrick scored unearned runs, but a couple of ground balls and a strikeout to Cassidy Duncan ended the threat.

“We’re making contact, but we’re just not hitting very well at all,” Kenney said. “Our defense is getting better every game.”

Kenney praised right fielder Madison Swaggerty, who made two good catches including a running snag of a sharp line drive from Madi Schubert in the fourth inning, which drew a big reaction from Lady Tiger fans.

Mt. Vernon 101 120 5—10 8 3

Stockton 000 100 2— 3 2 4

Katelyn Kotlarz and Harper Looney; Lyndsy Gire, Abby Flora (7) and Amie Garver.

Hits: Mt. Vernon — Lyndsey Hood 2, Lauren Herbert 2, Katelyn Kotlarz 3 (2B), Michaela McChesney. Stockton — Amie Garver, Jenna Rickman.

Stockton 4, Ash Grove 3

Stockton edged Ash Grove 4-3 Tuesday, April 16, on the road. The Lady Tigers scored a pair of runs in both the first and fifth innings against the Pirates.

“Gire led off with a double down the left field line,” Kenney said. “She was later scored by Kaytlyn Millard on a single up the middle. Katie Hedrick had a base hit to get on, then Abby Flora scored Millard on a base hit.”

“In the top of the fifth we scored again. Duncan reached on an error. Garver hit a single to squeeze Duncan to third. Millard doubled to deep left-center to score Duncan and Garver.”

Gire took the pitching win for the Lady Tigers, who had “a good night defensively,” according to Kenney.

Forsyth 17, Stockton 2 (3)

Stockton fell 17-2 in three innings to Mid-Lakes Conference rival Forsyth Monday, April 22. Both Stockton pitchers, Gire and Flora, struggled with control.

Forsyth (11)33—17 8 1

Stockton 002—2 4 5

Rachael Essary and Emily Shipman; Lyndsy Gire, Abby Flora (1), Gire (3) and Amie Garver.

Hits: Forsyth — Rachael Essary, Kylee Kincaid 2, Emily Cook, Aletha Rich 2, Hope Borkenhagen, Landry Stuart. Stockton—Lyndsy Gire (2B), Amie Garver 2 (2B), Kara Hedrick (2B).

The Lady Tigers played Tuesday, April 23, at Osceola. They host Lockwood Thursday, April 25, in the regular season finale. District play begins Monday, April 29, at Liberal with Bronaugh, Greenfield, Jasper, Lockwood and Sheldon also entered.

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