Coach Pete Logan
The Gardner-Edgerton High school girls softball team overpowered two Sunflower League opponents at the Gardner-Edgerton District Activities on successive nights last week, by scoring 35 runs and allowing none in two games.
On Tuesday night, the Blazers dominated visiting Shawnee Mission South, 17-0, in three innings, behind a 15-run bottom of the 2nd. GEHS junior pitcher Payton Outler walked 2 batters, struck out 5, and didn’t allow a base hit in the Trailblazers’ 2019 debut.
The Blazers began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st when — with runners on 1st and 2nd base — GEHS senior 2nd baseman Gabby Schultz sent a grounder to third that the Raider 3rd basemen overthrew on her attempt to throw out Schultz at first. Trailblazer senior 2nd baseman Amber Mott and senior shortstop Ashlyn Anderson scored on the error, and the Blazers led 2-0 after one.
Freshman 3rd baseman Erin Michael got the scoring going in the bottom of the 2nd for the Blazers, when her single scored junior left fielder Kailani Donham from third to make the score 3-0. Michael would come around to score on a passed ball 4 pitches later, while Anderson — who got on board with a single — scored on a wild pitch with one out, making the score 5-0. Junior right fielder Lauren Lundy then drove in a pair of runs with a single through shortstop, to be followed by a Donham triple that drove in 3 runs, and the Blazers extended their lead to double digits at 10-0. After another South passed ball made the score 11-0, Schultz looped a bases-clearing single into center, and GEHS led 14-0. Schultz then scored on an error by the Raider 2nd baseman that allowed sophomore designated player Emma Crouch to 1st. Crouch came home 5 pitches later when Lundy lined a double, making the score 16-0. Lundy then came around to score on a force out, and the Blazers reached their final margin of victory at 17-0.
Outler then notched a 1-2-3 top of the third on just 10 pitches, giving the Trailblazers the win on Kansas State High School Activities Association run-margin rules.
On Wednesday night, Crouch took the mound for the Trailblazers and faced the bare minimum of 9 batters, as the Trailblazers dominated Shawnee Mission West, 18-0.
After Crouch retired the first 3 Viking batters in order in the top of the 1st, GEHS exploded for 8 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Micheal led off the inning with a double to left, and then came around to score 4 pitches later when freshman 2nd baseman Makenna Trout’s infield single drove Michael home from 3rd. An Anderson single then brought home Trout, and a Schultz (now a center fielder) double to left brought in Anderson. West throwing errors would bring home Schultz and GEHS junior courtesy runner Cailey Billings to make the score 6-0 before the Vikings recorded their first out. The Blazers added 2 more runs in the inning and went into the top of the 2nd with an 8-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly from Outler (now the designated player) scored Mott from 3rd to begin the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Three pitches later, Michael belted her first-ever Trailblazer home run — a solo shot to left-centerfield, and the the Blazers led 11-0. Trout then scored on a double and a pair of Viking throwing errors to make it 12-0. A bases-loaded walk to Crouch pushed home the next run, and then Mott cleared the bases with a double to left to swell the lead to 16-0. An Outler double to left scored Mott, and Outler would then come around to score on a passed ball to make it 18-0.
With two outs in the top of the third, the Vikings appeared to earn their first hit of the game when senior designated player Azarria Williams stroked the ball into right field. However, Lundy alertly pounced on the hard hit ground ball in right field and threw a lazer to Mott at first to extinguish the threat and end the game.
The Trailblazers are now 2-0 on the young season and will host three opponents this week at the Gardner-Edgerton District Activities Center.