Wellington falls to Independence 8-7 in first round of Class 4A state tournament

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 1234567RHE Wellington fans got vocal late in the game as Lady Dukes rallied.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it was nerves or the more than 30 hour wait to get on the softball diamond, the Wellington girls would commit six errors in the first two innings and fall behind 7-0. It would go on to lose to Independence 11-7 late Friday evening in the first round of Class 4A State Softball Tournament at Bill Burke Field in Salina.The Crusaders end the season 17-6.Independence built a 7-0 lead in the top of the second. Wellington would then chip the lead down to one, 8-7, going into the top of the seventh. Then the Bulldogs would secure victory with three runs. The game ended on three quick outs for Wellington in the bottom of the seventh.It was a heartbreaking end to an exciting season in which Wellington made the state tournament for the first time in 21 years.According to the official scorebook, Independence early lead was more a product of Wellington errors than sharp Bulldog hitting. But there was no denying, the Bulldogs were making contact against junior pitcher Madi Lewellen.Madi Lewellen started as pitcher.From the onset when Hannah Burnett reached base on a bunt, Wellington was chasing Independence. Wellington would give up four runs including one on a passed ball, and a 2RBI single by freshman sensation Morgan Mavers.Going into the second, it got worse for the Lady Dukes when Lyssa Schabel, who reached base every time she was at bat, ripped a triple to left field, that got stuck in the inside corner, and brought three girls home.Wellington head coach T.D. Buck would then relieve Lewellen and brought in Brooke McCorkle the rest of the ball game.The Crusaders then started chipping into the lead. Abby Goodrum opened the bottom half of the second inning with a double and came home on a Madi Adams single. In the third, Erin Goodrum would single Ryleigh Buck home.After Indy added a run to make it 8-2, Wellington, like it so often did before this season, started coming on strong late.Wellington had three singles as McCorkle, Erin Goodrum and Lewellen all got big hits giving Wellington three runs and narrowing the margin to three, 8-4. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Wellington got two more after DeJarnett walked and R. Buck slammed a left field triple to make it 8-5 with one out. The WHS senior was 5-for-5 in getting on base during her last outing in a Crusader uniform.E. Goodrum then brought Buck home on a sacrifice blast to right field.Going into the seventh, Wellington was trailing 8-7 and had the momentum.But Independence had one last spurt in it. Randi Marquez would hit a 2RBI double that secured victory for the Bulldogs.The Friday evening game started at 8:30 p.m. and was originally scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. But rain, lightning, and strange decision making by the KSHSAA officials kept this tournament from ever starting until 26 hours later.Wellington finishes one of its most successful softball seasons in its history and will lose six seniors. Independence43001031192 Wellington0110320778center_img First round State Tournament: Independence 11 Wellington 7  WP – Mavers.  LP – Lewellen. Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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