Little doubt in Humboldt rout

Humboldt High's Lady Cubs will advance in the 2-1A softball playoffs after thrashing St. Paul, 17-0, in their regional opener. Action resumes Wednesday.



May 18, 2021 - 9:55 AM

Humboldt High’s Karly Wools delivers a pitch for the Lady Cubs in their 17-0 rout of St. Paul Monday. Photo by Richard Luken

PITTSBURG — There wasn’t much drama to be had on the softball diamond Monday for Humboldt High.

The Lady Cubs erupted for 11 runs in the first inning and never looked back, taking all of about 45 minutes to send St. Paul packing in a 17-0 victory.

Humboldt rapped out eight hits and took advantage of 11 walks on the day to earn a Class 2-1A Regional Semifinal matchup Wednesday with Oswego, a 10-5 winner over Chetopa, at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pittsburg State University’s Bicknell Sports Complex.

The winner will face either Arma-Northeast or Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan in the regional championship and a state tournament berth on the line.

Humboldt (18-2) scored its first two runs on passed balls before Kady Hart’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0. Madison Riebel followed with an RBI single, and Kirstyn Murrow’s single brought home three to make it 7-0.

Emily Ross cleared the bases with an inside-the-park, three-run home run later in the inning to make it 11-0.

The fun continued in the second inning. Three straight walks led to Laken Hunter’s RBI single. A St. Paul error followed before Karly Wools smacked an RBI triple. She scored on Isabelle Murrow’s single. Brooklyn Ellis capped the scoring with an RBI double.

Wools had a single and triple and stolen base, while Ross had her three-run home run to go with a stolen base.

Ellis had a double, while Kirstyn Murrow, Isabelle Murrow, Riebel and Hunter all had singles.

Ellis, Hart and Hunter all stole bases as well.

Wools pitched all three innings, allowing only one hit, a third-inning double. She struck out three with no walks.