(Atlantic) Creston took a big step towards sealing at least a share of the Hawkeye 10 Conference softball title by sweeping Atlantic in a doubleheader last night. The Panthers put on an offensive display with 24 total hits on the night. They took game 1, 6-0 and hung on for a 6-5 win in game 2. The Panthers haven't lost a conference game since being swept by Harlan on June 5th. They are 20-9 overall.
Josie Sickels and Haylee LeMasters both homered in the game one. For Sickels it was her first round-tripper of the year and LeMasters’s 5th. She finished game one 4-4 with the homer, two doubles, a single, three runs driven in and three runs scored. Natalie Mostek went a combined 5-7 in the two games with 3 RBI.
LeMaster’s pitched seven dominant innings in the 6-0 win, giving up only three hits while striking out three and walking one in the complete game shutout.
Taylor Briley was the winning pitcher in game two, holding Atlantic to three runs on 8 hits in 6 innings. Creston led 6-3 going into the 7th inning of game two when LeMasters came on in relief. Atlantic rallied with four hits in the inning but could only push across two runs and fell 6-5. Atlantic ended up with 12 hits in the second game led by Emily Mitchell, Mollee Welter, and Alexis Handel all with two singles each.
The Panthers move to 20-9 on the year and remain tied with Harlan atop the Hawkeye-10. Denison-Schleswig lost to Glenwood Wednesday dropping the Monarchs out of a share of first place. Atlantic falls below .500 for the first time this season at 17-18 overall.
KSOM/KS95.7 Sports caught up with Atlantic coach Terry Hinzmann following each game.