The Leavenworth softball team faced Bishop Ward in a makeup doubleheader Thursday night. The Pioneers took both games 10-8 and 15-12.
The Pioneers jumped out first in game one with five runs. Bishop Ward got on the board with a run in the third before the Pioneers added another run in the fourth to go up 6-1. Both teams would add three runs each in the sixth. Leavenworth scored one more run in the top of the seventh to lead 10-4. Bishop Ward attempted a comeback with four runs in the bottom of the seventh but it was not enough and the Pioneers held on for the victory.
McKenzie Brown had 15 strikeouts for the Pioneers and allowed five runs. Alyssa Seichepine went 3-for-5 with an inside the park home run. Leah Seichepine was 3-for-4, Kaylee McLain hit 3-for-4 with a home run and Marilyn Thomas was 3-for-4.
Pioneers head coach Callie Farrell said the team came out firing on all cylinders and adjusted well to a small ballpark.
“We came out firing on offense in the second inning,” Farrell said. “And we really dug in, especially after a few errors in the field. Our bats were working hard. We were in a small ballpark so the girls did well adjusting and finished the game strong.”
In the second game, Bishop Ward scored first with a run in the first inning. The Pioneers added four runs in the third before Bishop Ward scored three to tie it 4-4. The Cyclones briefly took a 7-6 lead before Leavenworth would tie it up in the fifth.
The Pioneers would outscore the Cyclones 8-5 in the final two innings to take the game 15-12.
McLain had two strikeouts and allowed 11 runs for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers were led by Brown going 5-for-5 with three RBI. McLain went 4-for-5 with a home run. Gwyn Gebert went 2-for-3 with three RBI. The defense also turned three double plays for the Pioneers.
Farrell said the team capitalized after getting behind early.
“We got down by one at the beginning,” Farrell said. “But we capitalized on it, dug in to turn it around and hang on. I am extremely proud of how they played (Thursday) night and how they finished both games. We struggled a little on defense which hurt us in places but they kept the fighter mentality and kept the bats moving to give us a nice run cushion. We're going to capitalize on these two wins and carry it into Tuesday when we take on Turner at home.”
Leavenworth will host Turner in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Sportsfield. The first game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with the second to follow.