Lady Cubs resume winning ways 

The Humboldt High softball team picked up where they left off last season and stuck it to Neodesha in a pair of lopsided victories Monday. The Lady Cubs began their quest of another Tri-Valley League conference championship title, a familiar goal over the years.



March 28, 2023 - 3:52 PM

Humboldt’s Emily Ross is greeted at home plate by her teammates in a game last season. Photo by Richard Luken

NEODESHA — The Humboldt High softball team wasted little time proving what kind of team they are this season: A powerful one. 

The Lady Cubs (2-0) won their season opening games at Neodesha on Monday afternoon. Humboldt won the first game by a score of 17-1 and the second by 19-1. 

Game one 

It didn’t take very long for the Lady Cubs to set the tone of how the day was going to unfold. 

Karley Wools smacked a leadoff triple to left field in the first at-bat. Wools then came around to score on a Carsyn Haviland RBI double to right field. 

Humboldt senior catcher Emily Ross, who has signed to play at Neosho County Community College next year, drove in a run in the first inning when she ripped an RBI ground ball error to shortstop for an early 2-0 lead. 

The next five Lady Cub batters walked before Wools whacked an RBI fielder’s choice. 

Seven of Humboldt’s nine batters came up to the plate for a second time in the first inning and it was an onslaught from there. Walks and passed balls are what elevated Humboldt most in their win. 

Halle Hoard was hit with the early damage for Neodesha. 

Shelby Shaughnessy began the game at pitcher for Humboldt and tossed a complete game no-hitter. Shaughnessy walked six batters but was able to work through the Neodesha lineup very efficiently. 

Humboldt had only five hits while the Lady Cubs  were walked 14 times. Wools had a team-high two hits. 

Game two

The Lady Cubs stuck it to Neodesha again in the second game for a 19-1 victory. 

The scoring began immediately for Humboldt as Haviland ripped an RBI triple to left field for a 1-0 lead two batters into the game. Shaughnessy then drove in the second run on a ground ball error to the pitcher. Ross then scored on a passed ball for the quick 3-0 lead. 

Two more runners scored on passed balls before Skylar Hottenstein shot an RBI single to right field and Wools had an RBI fly ball to right field for a 7-0 first inning advantage.