Red Devils roll in weekend action



February 28, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Allen County Community College’s Red Devil softball team had a very good road trip over the weekend. The Red Devils were 5-for-5 in games at the Evangel University tournament in Springfield, Mo.

With the sweep, the Red Devils improved to 6-1 on the season. They open Jayhawk Eastern Division play today at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 15 in NJCAA Division II.

Last Friday, the Red Devils decked Southwestern Illinois 7-3. Keelyn Bonar was the winning pitcher, going five innings and giving up one run on three hits and one walk. She struck out five batters. Andra Nelson pitched two innings, allowed two runs on three hits and two walks and struck out two.

The teams were tied 1-1 when Allen County scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to gain the lead. Southwestern pushed a run across in the sixth but Allen County responded with three runs of its own in its half of the inning.

Alex Hill connected for three singles in the contest. Bonar and Paige Rothwell had two base hits apiece. Hitting a single each were Erin Schwant, Maecy Charleston and Ashley Ribelin.

The Red Devils scored early against East Central College of Union, Mo., to gain a 7-1 lead after three innings. But they had to stave off a late run by ECC for a 7-6 victory.

Hill got the win on the mound. She worked five innings, allowed five runs on six hits and two walks. Hill struck out 10 batters. Nelson picked up the save, throwing two innings of no-hit softball but allowed one run on two walks and struck out four.

Hill led the ACCC offense with a single and a double. Hitting a single each were Kaylee Lucas, Kaitlin Norris, Rothwell, Alexus Douglas and Kayla Van Vliet.

Allen County won three games on Saturday.

The Red Devils started with a 5-2 win over Mineral Area College of Park Hills, Mo. Allen County had a 3-1 lead after three and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Mineral Area had a run in the fifth.

Bonar was the winning pitcher,  throwing five innings. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out three. Nelson worked two innings, giving up two hits and striking out four.

Hill and Charleston each went 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles. Charleston drove in two runs. Schwant, Rothwell and Lauren Poertner had two singles each. Ashley Randall had a base hit.

Scoring four runs in the third and four more in the sixth, Allen County posted a 10-1 run-ruled win over Fort Scott Community College in six innings. Hill got the pitching victory.

Hill allowed one run on five hits and one walk plus struck out five.  Kaitlin Norris pitched one inning of shutout softball, issued a walk and struck out two.

Charleston connected for two singles and a double and Bonar had three singles.  Douglas singled and tripled. Hill and Van Vliet each had a single and double.

Schwant pounded out two singles. Norris and Ribelin had a single each.

Allen County rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the middle innings of its final game of the weekend. Coffeyville led ACCC 3-1 then the Red Devils scored twice in the fourth to tie the game.