By Michael Buhler
The Clearwater Indians softball team came painfully close to making it to the Class 4A State tournament last week as it led Winfield after five innings in the regional finals at Clearwater.
But the sixth inning proved to be the Indians’ undoing as Winfield scored twice to take the lead and ultimately earn a 4-3 win and the regional title.
Clearwater scored twice in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead, but did not score again despite outhitting Winfield 10-5.
Briona Woods had three hits for the Indians, while Makenzie Haslett added two more. Macie McCray took the tough-luck loss, allowing four hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.
McCray dominated in the semifinal against El Dorado, tossing a five inning no-hitter, allowing just one walk in a 10-0 win. Woods, Kyndall Clevenger, Chloe Middleton, Ireland Cotton and Hayley Gerberding each had two hits, while McCray, Middleton and Woods each drove in two runs.
Winfield 100 102 0 – 4 5 0
Clearwater 120 000 0 – 3 10 4
L – McCray.
El Dorado 000 00 – 0 0 3
Clearwater 340 3x – 10 12 0
W – McCray.
Colts run into Manhattan buzzsaw
The Campus Colts ran into a roadblock on their way to the State tournament last Tuesday when they faced Manhattan in the semifinals of the Class 6A regional tournament at Topeka.
Manhattan scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning to break open a close game and roll to a 12-1 win.
With the loss, Campus ends its season with a record of 12-9.
Ava Baker drove in Sophie Martins for the Colts’ lone run in the bottom of the third inning, which tied the game at 1-1 at the time. However, Campus would not score again the rest of the way.
Cassidy Smith had two hits for the Colts in the loss.
Manhattan 100 713 – 12 20 0
Campus 001 000 – 1 6 1
L – Baker.