Unbeaten Bluestem rolls past Humboldt

Humboldt High School's softball team couldn't get past Bluestem in a makeup game from earlier in the season.



April 16, 2024 - 3:05 PM

Humboldt High’s Taevyn Baylor bats in a game earlier this season. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

LEON — Humboldt High’s softball team ran into a Bluestem buzzsaw Saturday.

The doubleheader, a makeup game from earlier in the season, put Humboldt up against one of the top Class 3A teams in the state.

Bluestem, which has won all 12 of its games by at least 10 runs this season, continued that torrid pace against the Lady Cubs, winning 15-4 and 14-0.

The losses drop Humboldt to 10-5 overall and 8-2 in Tri-Valley League action.

The Lady Cubs struck first in Saturday’s opener, scoring twice in the top of the first. Laney Hull led things off with an inside-the-park home run before Skylar Hottenstein singled and scored on a pair of Bluestem errors.

But by the time Hottenstein tripled and scored on Shelby Shaughnessy’s RBI double in the third, Bluestem had plated five runs.

Hadley Galloway doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on Carlie Weilert’s single, pulling Humboldt to within 6-4.

But the Lions responded with a roar, scoring three in the fourth and six in the fifth.

Hottenstein had two singles and a triple to lead Humboldt’s offense. Shaughnessy doubled and drove in two. Hull had an inside-the-park home run. Weilert singled with an RBI.

Shaughnessy allowed nine hits over five innings, with six strikeouts.

BLUESTEM scored early and often in the nightcap, taking a 7-0 lead after one inning.

Humboldt’s only hit came on Laney Hull’s third-inning single. She also stole a pair of bases. Ella Shomaker also stole a base.

Taevyn Baylor struck out two and allowed 10 hits over four innings of work.