Freshman Jenna Sigg hit a three-run home run to break open a close game here Tuesday. Sigg’s home run helped Allen County Community College’s Red Devils win 9-1 over visiting Coffeyville Community College.
Allen County led 2-1 before the fifth-inning homer by Sigg. Freshman Brandie Hutcheson and sophomore Autumn Lamle had reached on back-to-back base hits with two outs.
The flood gates opened in the sixth as ACCC scored four more runs on a walk and five hits.
The Red Devils had to rally in the second game to win 4-3.
Allen County swept its first Jayhawk Eastern Division doubleheader of the season. The Red Devils are 2-0 in conference play and 4-2 overall.
Allen County hosts 18th-ranked Butler Community College in a doubleheader Thursday. First pitch is at 2 p.m. at the ACCC softball field.
The Red Devils play at Maplewoods Community College, Kansas City, Mo., Saturday.
“It’s always important to win the conference games at home and important to get off to a good start in the conference,” said Ed Wilkerson, ACCC head coach.
“Our starting pitchers are settling down and becoming more relaxed. They are extending their innings without giving up runs and that’s key for us.”
In Tuesday’s opener, freshman Lenzie Boring threw a three-hitter for the pitching victory. Boring allowed one run, walked four and struck out six batters.
The Red Devils scored one in the first. Freshman Megan Dillow singled, stole second and went to third on a groundout by sophomore Amy Carr. Hutcheson, who was 3-for-3 in the game, had an RBI single.
Coffeyville scored its run in the third. Allen County broke the 1-1 tie with a run in the fourth.
Hutcheson drew a walk followed by singles from Lamle and Sigg. Sophomore Shawna Blakesley drove in the run on a base hit.
In the sixth, Boring drew a walk and freshman Jori Graf was the courtesy runner for ACCC’s pitcher. Graf moved to third on back-to-back passed balls. Freshman Kelci Owens singled to drive in a run and went to second on a groundout by Dillow.
Owens stole third base then freshman Kassie Summers and Hutcheson singled. With two gone, Sigg and Blakesley, both went 3-for-4 in the game, had RBI singles.
Sigg drove in four runs with two singles and a home run. Hutcheson and Blakesely each had three singles. Dillow and Lamle had two singles each. Summers and Owens had a single apiece.
“Against Iowa Central we didn’t hit the ball very well. We got back to hitting the ball effectively throughout our batting order,” Wilkerson said.
Sophomore pitcher Brianne Campbell pitched five innings to get the win in the second contest. She allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out three.
After the Red Devils regained the lead in the fifth inning, sophomore Amy McAfee pitched 2⁄3 inning and issued three walks. Boring came on in relief, going 11⁄3 innings and allowing one hit and striking out two.
Lamle had the only extra-base hit of the second game for ACCC. She doubled to lead off the second and scored on a two-out single by freshman Kelsey Walters. Sigg, who had walked, scored on a base hit by Owens.
Coffeyville got a run in the third then Amber Allen hit a two-run home run for the Red Ravens in the top of the fifth. That put the Ravens up 3-2.
Dillow’s single started ACCC’s rally in its half of the fifth. Dillow stole second then with two gone Lamle worked a walk. Sigg drove in the tying run with a base hit. Blakesley’s single chased home Lamle with the go-ahead run.
The Red Devils worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth. Boring struck out Allen to end the inning. With two gone and one on in the seventh, Coffeyville’s Amanda Wilson grounded out to end the game.
Blakesley had two singles. Hitting a single each were Dillow, Sigg, freshman Kylie Taylor, Walters and Owens.
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