SCOTT CITY, KS — The Goodland Cowgirl softball team made things very interesting but ultimately had their season come to a close on Thursday afternoon losing in the first round of the 3A Scott City Regional to Holcomb, 12-9.
The Cowgirls entered the postseason not playing their best as they had lost seven of their last nine games and were seeded 7th in the eight team regional. Goodland though played very well, especially in the early innings as GHS scored a run in each of the first three frames and only trailed the second seeded Longhorns 4-3 going into the fourth inning.
Holcomb would put some distance between themselves and Goodland over the next two innings scoring five runs in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth to lead 12-3. The Longhorns also had the game clinching run on in the fifth & sixth innings but would not score.
Then in the seventh inning the Cowgirls used patience and timely hitting to make things very interesting. Aided by two Holcomb errors and a hit batter, Goodland would string together five hits in the inning to tighten the game substantially scoring six runs to make it 12-9. GHS would also have the bases loaded when the final out was recorded as freshman Jacelyn Horinek popped out to third base to end the game.
Senior Anna Gutierrez had three hits and drove in a team-high two RBI in the loss for Goodland. She also pitched all six innings allowing six earned runs while striking out six. Grace Riedesel & Atalee Amthor also had two hits each and drove in runs. Haley Biermann had two hits and scored two runs as well.
Holcomb had four ladies record two or more hits on the afternoon led by three a piece from Blair Holiday & Rain Rodriguez. Rodriguez drove in three, two of them coming on a two-run homer in the third inning as well.
Holcomb would end up winning the regional by beating Colby later on Thursday 16-15 in extra innings and then coming back to beat top seed Scott City on Friday to go to state.
Goodland’s season ends with a 7-14 record, but like a lot of GWAC league teams, returns a lot of young pieces for next year.
Head Coach Tess Smith Postgame: