CHAPMAN – The Lady Irish softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Concordia, a North Central Kansas League foe, Friday night in Chapman.
It took 10 innings, but the Irish managed to put away the Lady Panthers 4-3.
“This was a nice come from behind win. We were slow to get our bats moving but we hung in there and scratched out a few runs,” said Irish Coach Jeff Beemer.
Concordia took the lead in the top half of the fourth on a two-out single by Rachel Daniels that scored Niki Blanenbeckly, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Chapman was able to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Daryan Weis that scored Abby Sweet, who had doubled to right field.
The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take 3-1 lead.
Vanessa Lovett reached base on an error in the bottom of the seventh for Chapman and then scored on a game tying (3-3) two-run homerun by Macey Langvardt.
In the bottom of the 10th, Rachel Sutter led off singling to center. She was advanced to second on an infield single by Morgan Beemer.
Langvardt singled to score drive in Sutter with the winning run.
“Macey had a huge game at the plate for us driving in three runs including a homerun late in the game to tie it up,” coach Beemer said.
Irish pitcher Beemer worked 10 innings allowing six hits while striking out eight Panther hitters and taking her record to 2-1.
“Morgan had a solid performance on the mound going the distance, and defensively we played pretty well,” said coach Beemer.
Langvardt was two-for-five and drove in three runs for the Irish.
Beemer and Ashley Sweet also had a pair of hits for Chapman.
In the nightcap, a 10-run explosion by the Lady Irish in the third inning spurred Chapman to a 16-3 win over the Panthers in five innings.
“It was nice to see the bats get going early. We squared up a little better. It’s always nice to have a game where you can put a big number up on the board and take some pressure off your pitching and defense,” coach Beemer said.
Langvardt had two-extra base hits for Chapman. She doubled in the first inning, tripled in the third inning, and singled in the third and fourth innings.
She went four-for four and drove in two runs for the Lady Irish.
The Lady Irish pounded out 21 hits off two Concordia pitchers in game two.
Chapman got the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Langvardt and an RBI single by Beemer to make the score 2-0.
The game belonged to the Irish after that as Sweet got it done on the rubber for the Lady Irish. She allowed three runs over five innings on eight hits while striking out six and earning her first victory to make her record 1-2 for the young season.
“Abby had a good game on the mound for us going the distance,” added coach Beemer.
Langvardt was four-for-four with two RBI’s and scored three runs in game two.
Sutter, Beemer and Jesse Heiman had three hits each for the Irish with Beemer and Gillian Fairley driving in three runs each.
“We seem to be making the routine plays on defense right now. We’re not kicking the ball around much,” coach Beemer concluded.
Chapman moved their record to 3-3 and will host Southeast of Saline on Friday.
Con 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 – 3-6-2
Chs 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 – 4-10-0
WP: Beemer (2-1)
Con 0 0 0 2 1 – 3-8-2
Chs 2 1 10 3 x – 16-21-1
WP: Sweet (1-2)