GYPSUM - The Abilene Cowgirls’ softball team split a double header with Southeast of Saline Friday on a windy night in Gypsum.
Senior pitcher Aldyn Wildey struck out 12 batters to lift the Cowgirls to a 6-1 victory in the first game over the host Lady Lancers.
“Aldyn pitched two great games. She was on fire striking out batters left and right,” said Cowgirl Coach LouAna Koochel.
Freshman Sydney Hocker went two-for-three at the plate and drove in three runs for the Cowgirls. She singled in the second and third innings.
The Cowgirls took the lead in the second, 1-0, on the first of Hocker’s singles.
From there Abilene scored four in the third and added another run in the fifth to insure the victory.
“The girls came out ready to play our first game,” said coach Koochel.
Southeast’s lone run came in their half of the sixth.
Wildey helped herself out at the plate going two-for- four and driving in a pair of runs. Kiley Crider also added a pair of hits for the Cowgirls.
Wildey had great control in the game, besides the 12 strikeouts, she walked just two batters and allowed three Trojan hits.
The Cowgirl defense was solid committing only one error in the first game.
“We played excellent defense and our bats were on,” coach Koochel added.
In game two the Cowgirls out hit the Lady Trojans but lost 8-7 as the Lady Trojans pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“We came out flat. The wind was a huge factor as it was blowing hard across first base to third base and many balls were hard to judge because of how far they moved,” coach Koochel said.
“The girls made errors that seemed to pile up, and before we knew it, we were down 7-0 after three innings,” she said.
Senior catcher Carly Gassman had a perfect four-for-four night at the plate in the nightcap while driving in a pair of runs.
Gassman had singles in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings.
“Carly did a great job offensively to keep our offense rolling,” Koochel said.
Wildey pitched the second game for the Cowgirls and evened her record to 3-3 on the season.
She gave up eight hits, walked seven and struck out six in the nightcap.
Two Southeast of Saline pitchers didn’t allow the Cowgirls to score until they plated six in the sixth and added the tying run in the top of the seventh.
“The girls came back in the sixth and seventh innings to score seven runs to tie the game. We lost the game in the bottom of the seventh off a deep fly ball to left field that scored their runner. Total, we played five good innings of defense and two good innings of offense in the second game,” coach Koochel commented.
The Lancers jumped out to an early start against Abilene by scoring four runs in the first and three more in the third inning to lead 7-0 heading into the sixth inning.
“We just need to figure out how to put it all together, so we don’t have to dig ourselves out of a hole and try to come back from such a big deficit,” she said.
Crider went one-for-three for the Cowgirls with a two RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.
“This team has so much potential, and they showed a lot of heart in that second game. I’m very proud of them,” coach Koochel added.
“We had some freshmen who really stepped up for us due to injuries. Sarah Stout, Bailey Short and Sydney Hocker did a good job of filling in to help us offensively and defensively,” concluded coach Koochel.
The season heading into their next game Friday hosting Riley County.
Abilene 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 – 6-8-1
SES 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1-3-1
WP: Wildey (3-2) Game two
Abilene 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 – 7-9-3
SES 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 - 8-8-3
WP: Conley LP: Wildey (3-3)