Kingman, Great Bend split doubleheader

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GREAT BEND, Kan. The Kingman Lady Eagles defeated the Great Bend Lady Panthers by a score of 11 to 3 to split a doubleheader. Great Bend won game one of the day with a score of 6-2.

Kingman Lady Eagle Janelle Belt throws a pitch in the bottom of the second inning. The Kingman Lady Eagles defeated the Great Bend Lady Panthers by a score of 11 to 3 at the Great Bend Sports Complex in Great Bend, Kansas on April 9, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Both teams tallied a run in the first inning of the second game. Kingman's Alexa Smith hit a two-out double to score Aly Hageman to take an early lead. In the bottom of the first inning, Great Bend tied the game up with a Shailey Clark two-out double. The hit scored Alyssa Keller from first base.

The game remained deadlocked until the top of the fifth inning. Kingman started a one-out rally with a Brianne Garrison single to score Alex Schreiner. Carlie Kelly hit a single to bring Alex Schreiner home. Anna
Libingston hit another single to score Carlie Kelly and Brianne Garrison.

After giving up four runs, Great Bend pulled starting pitcher Sarah Mehlhaff and replaced her with her sister Shanaeia Mehlhaff. The new pitcher gave up one more run as Hayley Belt hit a single to score Anna Libingston. In total, the Lady Panthers gave up eight singles that turned into five runs in the top of the fifth.

Down five runs, Great Bend looked to get the offense going in the bottom of the fifth. Sydney Unruh reached base on a single
to start the inning. Aleah Urban hit a single and Unruh went from first to home to add a run to the score. After a strikeout and fly out, Shailey Clark came to the plate and hit a single that brought Aleah Urban home. Great Bend left the inning cutting Kingman's lead in half.

Kingman was not finished adding runs to the score. In the top of the sixth, they added three more runs. Brianne Garrison hit a single to score Alexa Smith. Anna Libingston knocked a double to the wall and brought in Brianne Garrison and Carlie Kelley.

In the top of the seventh, Hayley Belt and Aly Hageman both scored runs to put the total in double digits at 11. Great Bend failed to plate another run and lost 11 to 3. Kingman's Janelle Belt threw a complete game of seven innings facing 21 hitters and giving up nine hits. She struck out four batters and did not surrender a walk all night.

For Great Bend, Sarah Mehlhaff pitched for four and a third innings. She faced 28 batters and gave up 13 hits with six earned runs. She struck out three hitters and walked two. Her sister Shanaeia pitched for two and two-thirds innings facing 13 batters. She gave up eight hits plus four earned runs. Shanaeia struck out one hitter and also did not walk a batter.