Softball power index: Pratt, Carroll flex their muscles in week two
1. Pratt (LW: 1) – Like most teams, the Greenbacks have played few games entering this week. Pratt opened with 15-0 and 13-1 victories against Halstead on Friday. Last season, Pratt beat Halstead, 1-0. Pratt is at Larned on Tuesday.
2. Bishop Carroll (LW: 2) – The Golden Eagles made short work of Southeast in its season opener last Thursday with 14-1 and 18-0 victories. The first game was called after four innings, the second after three. Carroll collected 30 hits in the two wins. The Golden Eagles play at Wichita South today and host rival Kapaun on Tuesday.
3. Garden City (LW: 3) – The Buffs opened the season with road doubleheader sweep against a quality TMP team, 6-0 and 7-3. Ace pitcher Abbie Dart set a school record with 20 strikeouts in the shutout win. Dart walked four and permitted one hit, a leadoff double in the second inning. Garden City had been rained out twice, including once versus TMP. Hailey Dart, Abbie’s younger sister, picked up the win in the second contest. GC opened a 7-0 lead.
4. Sterling (LW: 7) – The Black Bears are one of a few teams to play more than two contests. Sterling, in its first year of Heart of America competition, is 5-0. The Black Bears opened with 12-3 and 12-7 victories against Hutchinson Trinity on March 31.
Then, Sterling defeated Ell-Saline, 11-0 and 12-2 on April 4. On April 7, Sterling beat Whitewater-Remington, 14-6, and then led 5-0 in the top of the third when the game was called. Standout pitcher Emma Horsch pitched a shutout versus Ell-Saline.
5. Wichita Northwest (LW: 5) – The Grizzlies dominated North in a season-opening doubleheader last Thursday with 21-2 and 24-0 wins. The first contest lasted four innings and the second one three. Northwest collected 39 hits in the contests.
6. Haven (LW: NR) – The Wildcats graduated multiple all-state performers from three straight state-qualifying teams, including a school-best Class 4A, Division II runner-up finish last season. Haven, which returned ace Bailey Brawner, opened
6-0. Haven defeated Smoky Valley, 20-0 and 16-10, on April 3. Brawner pitched a no-hitter in the 20-0 win.
On Thursday and Friday last week, Haven beat Nickerson (18-2 and 20-9) and Larned (17-0, 16-1). The 18-2 game produced a five-hit contest from Emmiley Hendrixson, one of the team’s top returners.
The 20-9 game was competitive through the first part of the contest before Haven grabbed the lead in the fifth inning. Haven is at Hillsboro on Tuesday, a matchup that has produced great battles in the last several years.
7. Lyons (LW: 8) – The Lions swept Central Kansas League foes Hesston (16-3) and Nickerson (13-3) last Tuesday. Lyons scored at least one run in nine of 10 innings. The Lions trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the second against Hesston but scored six runs and led 10-2 after two innings. Hesston finished with 10 hits, two more than Lyons.
8. Dodge City (LW: NR) – Jessica Olivarez earned MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week honors for outstanding play from March 27-April 2 for the South Central Region. In a split against TMP as Olivarez hit .700 (7 of 10) with two homers, a pair of doubles, seven runs scored and eight RBIs.
On March 27, Dodge City lost 14-3 to TMP, and then bounced back with an 8-5 victory. Then, DC defeated Wichita South on March 31, 18-1 and 21-1. Dodge City is at Heights on Friday.