Cloud County sweeps Friday's twin bill against Coffeyville

Sophomore outfielder Samantha Shafer (No. 4) scores the winning run in Game One of Friday's doubleheader
Sophomore outfielder Samantha Shafer (No. 4) scores the winning run in Game One of Friday's doubleheader

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Timely hits and excellent pitching carried the Cloud County Community College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Coffeyville Community College on Friday as the T-Birds won 4-3 in extras innings in Game One and 7-1 in the nightcap.

A pair of freshmen, Elise Oberlechner and Nicole Dinkel, played heroes for Cloud County (10-8 overall, 3-1 KJCCC East) in Game One.

Oberlechner forced extra-innings with a pinch-hit, two-run triple to right center that glanced off the glove of Coffeyville's right fielder and tied the game at 3-3.

In the eighth,  Dinkel delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single up the middle to score sophomore Samantha Shafer, who hit a one-out single, stole second and used a swim move to get around the Coffeyville catcher at home plate to score the winning run.

"(Dinkel) was patient at the plate and when she saw the ball, she connected. It was great to see us manufacture a run there and she is starting to come on at the plate," said Cloud County head coach, Aaron Acree. "It's huge to get production from the bottom of the order like that because it gives us more opportunities. We can be scary good if we get everybody going."

Dinkel's day was far from done as she hit her second home run of the season — a two-run shot to left field — in the third inning of Game Two, getting the T-Birds lineup off and running en route to a 7-1 win. She also added an RBI sac fly in the series finale.

On the mound, the T-Birds received quality starts from Jordan Ummel and Sarah Teufel on the afternoon.

Ummel, fresh off her complete-game shutout of No. 8 ranked Highland on Wednesday, went eight innings in Game One and picked up her fifth win of the season. After struggling command issues early, allowing two first-inning runs to Coffeyville, Ummel was near flawless the rest of the way. Her line finished at eight innings, three runs on five hits, five walks and seven strikeouts.

In Game Two, it was Teufel's turn to own the circle as the freshman threw her first career complete game. She scattered seven hits, allowed one earned run, walked three and struck out three while improving her record to 2-1 on the season.

"Sarah did a great job of getting ahead of hitters, staying calm, cool and collected when people were on base, and keeping the ball down," Acree said. "She did her job. That's exactly what she is supposed to do and she came through in a big, big way (Friday)."

Sophomore infielders Jaycee Worrell and Erin King also had strong days for Cloud County as each finished with four hits on the day — two in each game. Of King's four hits, three were doubles as she played pepper with the right-center and left-center field fence.

The T-Birds, who are currently 3-1 on their current eight-game home stand, will be back in action at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday against Labette Community College.

"Labette is going to be scrappy and they'll get after you if you allow them to," Acree said. "We have to keep them off the bases. It ought to be a great day. Both teams should be competitive, the (matchup) always is, so we have to worry about what we do and do it the right way."