In two days, ACC’s softball team racked up four wins. On Friday, the Red Devils beat Brown Mackie twice, then turned around to beat Cloud County Community College in a doubleheader Saturday.
“On Tuesday we really struggled,” coach Jamie Jensen said of their games at Highland Community College. “We didn’t bring any confidence. I didn’t feel like we were outmatched, but we just didn’t hit.”
On Friday, however, a different Allen Community College team showed up.
In the first game, Allen defeated Brown Mackie 9-1. Baileigh Rager hit a homer in the first inning to put the Red Devils up 2-0. After taking advantage of Brown Mackie errors to score two runs, Cheyanne Daniels hit a single to center field in the fourth inning that added two more runs. Rager hit an RBI-single to center and another Allen runner scored on an error later in the inning. ACC was up 7-1 before scoring two more runs in the fifth to get a 9-1 win.
Alana Renshaw and Amber Searles each had doubles in the win. The Red Devils accounted for eight hits total. Searles and Rager each ended up with two hits. Tristyn Delgado, Jordan Barber and Daniels each had a single. Rager was credited with the win and pitched all five innings.
After falling behind 4-0 after three innings in game two, ACC stormed back for a 9-4 victory. The Red Devils plated two runs home in the fourth inning, but really took over with a five-run fifth inning.
Renshaw started the fifth with an RBI-single. McManigal reached base on a double, then came home on a wild pitch. Justine Dougan hit a triple which scored two on the play. An RBI-double from Delgado finished off the inning, giving Allen a 7-4 lead. In the sixth inning, ACC scored on a McManigal sacrifice fly and an RBI-single by Searles.
The Red Devils had 15 hits in the game. Renshaw led the way with three singles. Dougan, Delgado and Rager each had two hits. Dougan and Delgado both had two RBIs. Erin Pearley earned the win and pitched the first three innings. Rager earned a save, finishing off the next four innings.
ON SATURDAY, the Red Devils picked up two more wins against Cloud.
Game one was a pitcher’s duel. No team scored for 10 innings. Each team was allowed to place a runner on second base to start the inning. Allen was able to get out of the top of the frame unscathed.
In the bottom of the inning, the Red Devils got the winning runner — Shelby Maycumber — to score and win the game. After McManigal struck out, Cassidy Reynolds hit a hard grounder to the pitcher, which advanced Maycumber to third base. During Delgado’s at bat with two outs, Maycumber scored on a wild pitch to win the game.
Rager pitched an impressive game, eating up all 10 innings. She had 10 strikeouts and only one walk.
“I definitely think that our defense won that game for us, even though we obviously had to put up a run,” Jensen said. “Our defense was outstanding and Baileigh Rager pitched an amazing game. Although we didn’t hit, we still came away with the win. It would have been easy to get down and lose focus. That’s where the mental side of our game is coming into play.”
In the second game, Allen trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Daniels got the Red Devils on the board with an RBI-single to right field. In the sixth inning, Maycumber hit an RBI-single to center field.
Going into the bottom of the seventh down 3-2, the Red Devils finished off the comeback. Kayle Riebel came up to bat with runners on second and third. She reached base on a fielder’s choice back to the pitcher, who went home with the throw. Dougan was able to score anyway and everyone was safe. McManigal won the game on the next at-bat with an RBI-double to left field.
“I went with Baileigh again because they didn’t hit her in the first game, so I thought I could get a few more innings out of her,” Jensen said. “Then, her arm started to hurt. So, I took her out and put Emmy McManigal, our catcher, in.”
Rager started the game and was able to get through 3 innings. She gave up all 3 runs. McManigal relieved her, finishing off the next four innings to hold Cloud scoreless.
“I think that was a very good move, they didn’t hit Emmy and she kept them off balance,” Jensen said. “It was a good pitching change.”
Allen (7-8) will work to extend its four-game winning streak when it hosts Labette in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The girls already have more wins than they had last season, due in part to having a deeper bench.
“I told the girls that if somebody is down on our team, I will go to the bench to pick them up,” Jensen said. “It really worked out with our bats because I was putting different hitters in there and all the girls that were down in that game, I was able to sub some bats into the lineup.”