Labette split a home Kansas Jayhawk Conference series with the No. 11 Johnson County Cavaliers on Sunday, winning Game 1 3-1 before dropping the second game 4-2.
“I anticipated coming out with two wins today and I thought we had opportunities to do so,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. “We just didn’t capitalize.”
Phillips commended the pitching of Jadeyn Wyrick and Layney Steging but cited offensive miscues as an issue.
“As we knew, Johnson County is well coached and very disciplined,” Phillips said. “We had some great pitching outings. Probably the best two that we’ve had in the circle. Offensively, we had some bad approaches overall.”
Wyrick’s outing was particularly noteworthy for the Cardinals. Over seven innings of work, the Altamont native allowed three hits and one run while walking one batter and striking out two.
Wyrick had struggled to go deep into games prior to Sunday’s outing.
“She was able to effectively use all her pitches,” Phillips said. “I saw more grit, fire and toughness out of her being able to throw a complete game. She threw very well and showed that side of her that we’ve been looking for.”
Labette also cleaned up its defense after committing 17 errors in a two-game series with St. Charles last week. The Cardinals were only charged with four errors against Johnson County.
“Weather played a factor of getting some defensive reps, but we focused on that,” Phillips said. “We made great plays and routine plays like we should. We’ll keep building on that.”
Morgan Schmidt stole two bases and notched three hits in Game 1 while Winter Snyder blasted a home run in Game 2 for the Cardinals.
Labette moved to 12-8 overall and 3-1 in KJCCC play while Johnson County moved to 9-7 and 5-1 respectively.
The Cardinals face Coffeyville at home on Monday before traveling to Cloud County on Thursday in a pair of KJCCC doubleheaders.
“Coffeyville played Highland tough and some close ballgames,” Phillips said. “Cloud County looked like they could swing it well and put the ball in play against Johnson County. They’re a team that notoriously is tough. This conference is very good from the top down. Anybody can beat anybody if we don’t show up. But there’s nobody in the country that can compete with us whenever we play a complete ballgame.”
LABETTE VS. NO. 11 JOHNSON COUNTY
Labette 3, No. 11 Johnson County 1
Johnson County: 000 001 0 — 1
Labette: 000 111 x — 3
Labette: Morgan Schmidt 3 H; Coralys Santiago-Pomales 2 H, 2 R; Winter Snyder 1 RBI; Chloee Sams 1 H, 1 RBI; Natalie Oxendine 1 H, 1 R; Jadeyn Wyrick (W) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Johnson County: Baldwin 1 R; Peck 2 H, 1 RBI; Enneking 1 H; Etter (L) 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
No. 11 Johnson County 4, Labette 2
Johnson County: 101 020 0 — 4
Labette: 020 000 0 — 2
Labette: Morgan Schmidt 1 H, 1 RBI; Keira Jackson 1 H; Grey Holland 1 H; Halle Boy d1 H; Winter Snyder 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Chloee Sams 1 H; Karlee Kinder 1 H, 1 R; Layney Steging (L) 7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
Johnson County: Baldwin 1 R; Peck 2 R; Griffith 2 H, 2 RBI; Watkins 1 H, 1 RBI; Nigh 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Watkins (W) 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K