Shortstop Morgan Peterson makes a great 6 to 3 put-out to Ryley Vrbas at first, but a no-pitch had been called by the umpire prior to the grounder, which negated the play. (Johnson Publications photo)

Sydnie Allen wisely watches this pitch go by in the opener with Wray last week. (Johnson Publications photo)

Softball team dominates in Wray double-header

    It’s taken a couple of weeks, but Chase County’s softball team picked up its first two wins of the season against Wray, Colorado.
    The identical 13-5 victories came at a home appearance for the Lady Longhorns Sept. 4.
    Coach Denise Smith said the two teams were similar in their abilities in that both have a young team this season with young pitchers.
    “It felt good to get some wins,” Smith said.
    A big plus in Smith’s eyes was the fact both Chase County starting pitchers went the distance in the two games.
    In the opener, Wray put one across in the top of the first but that would be their only lead of the game. Chase County responded with two in their half of the first, then added six more in the fourth and five in the fifth.
    In that productive fourth inning, Chase County batted around their order as 12 came to the plate.
    Morgan Peterson and Carissa Hill led the team at the plate, each with a pair of singles. Also tallying singles were Ryley Vrbas, Sadie Peterson and Morayah Cupp.
    Hill went all five innings on the mound, striking out six, walking five and giving up three hits. She faced 21 batters.
    The opener was interrupted for 30 minutes on a lightning delay.
Wray game two
    An errorless defensive game for the home team was a big factor in Chase County’s 13-5 win over Wray in the nightcap.

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