By RON PRESTON
The Abilene Cowgirl softball team rallied with three runs in bottom of the fifth plus another run in its half of the sixth inning in game two enabling Abilene to complete a double header sweep of Riley County Friday by scores of 4-1 and 4-2.
Senior Aldyn Wildey took the mound for the Cowgirls in game one allowing one run on five hits, while walking one and striking out three Lady Falcon batters.
The Cowgirls struck first in the bottom of the first inning on a walk by shortstop Kiley Crider and two-out triple by third baseman Michaela Olberding.
Wildey led off the bottom of the second with a solid double to left field and scored on a single by left fielder Jenna Klein making the score 2-0 Cowgirls.
Michaela Olberding slapped a two-out double to center field in the bottom of the third inning and scored on a double off the bat of centerfielder Shelby Mascareno.
Mascareno scored on a Wildey single to make the score 4-0 Cowgirls.
Riley County’s lone run came in the top of the fourth on a homerun to center field by pitcher Heidi Prockish to make the final 4-1 Cowgirls.
Wildey allowed base runners in both the fifth and sixth inning but the Cowgirl defense was solid to shutdown any further Lady Falcon scoring and move their record to 4-3.
Wildey (4-3) took the hill for the Cowgirls to start game two. She gave up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out one Lady Falcon batter.
The Falcon’s scored one run on back - to - back doubles in the bottom of the second and another run in their half of the fourth on a leadoff double by shortstop Alyssa Kulp who scored on a single by Riley County center fielder Maddie Rogers.
Cowgirl centerfielder Mascareno started a double play by catching a fly ball out and throwing a strike to catcher Carly Gassman to gun down Rogers at the plate to end the fourth inning.
The Cowgirls got to Falcon left-handed pitcher Randi Glover in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs on three hits and a Lady Falcon error.
Right fielder Hailey Devine reached first on a Falcon error and was able to advance to second on the same error. She scored on a two-out single by Crider.
Gassman singled advancing Crider to third base and she took second on the throw back to the infield.
Crider and Gassman both scored on Michaela Olberding’s single to make the score 3-2 Cowgirls.
Wildey and first baseman Mallory Olberding switched positions in the top half of the fifth inning.
“Mallorie stepped in and did really well. This is her first pitching appearance for the season and she did a great job,” Coach LouAna Koocher said.
Olberding (1-0) made her first appearance on the hill for the Cowgirls this season by facing nine batters and not allowing a base runner. She struck out one Falcon hitter and the Cowgirl defense made solid plays behind her for the Cowgirl victory.
Mallory scored the final Cowgirl run in their half of the sixth by working a two-out walk into the fourth run off a triple by Devine.
“It feels really good to get a double win, this shows a lot of character from our girls,” coach Koocher said.
“The fifth inning of the second game we were down by two and they really fought back,” she said.
“We came back and got our bats going and that shows me a lot,” Koocher concluded.
The Cowgirls (5-3) will host the Clay Center Lady Tigers Tuesday at the Bill Gravette Sports Complex.
Riley Cty. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1- 5-0
Abilene (4-3) 1 1 2 0 0 0 x – 4-10-0
WP: Wildey (4-3)
Riley Cty. 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 – 2-5-1
Abilene (5-3) 0 0 0 0 3 1 x – 4-4-1
WP: M. Olberding (1-0)