Twenty-four hours removed from perhaps its best defensive outing of the season against No. 19 Kansas City Kansas, the Labette Cardinals committed 17 errors in a doubleheader split of St. Charles on Sunday. The Cardinals fell in Game 1 9-8 before gutting out Game 2 8-7.

“I don’t get how we have a tremendous defensive game 24 hours ago, turn around and we can’t field, throw or catch,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. “In 24 hours we were a totally different defensive team.”

Labette nursed five-run leads in both games on Sunday but was left with a split. St. Charles hung eight runs on the board in the fourth and fifth innings in Game 1 to reclaim the lead. In Game 2, Labette pitcher Layney Steging earned a save by leaving the bases loaded to end the night.

Out of 16 runs that St. Charles scored over the two games, 12 were unearned. 

Labette was charged with 12 errors in the second game. Second baseman Megan Scyrckels committed five while shortstop Hallee Boyd added three.

“We took a step back today,” Phillips said. “We showed signs of looking great. We had a five-run lead twice in the first game, but it was just defensively mistakes that continued to progress. Game 2 was the same thing. It’s compounding mistakes that are allowing teams back in the ballgame. I wasn’t happy with our performance as a whole.” 

Winter Snyder, Chloee Sams and Savanah Hutchinson all homered for the Cardinals in the series.

The Cardinals pitching staff also struggled with walks on Sunday. The entire staff appeared over the course of the series and issued 12 free bases.

“It’s been addressed,” Phillips said. “We talk about it every game. We’re working too many deep counts. We’re giving hitters 2-0, 3-1 counts. That’s easy to take advantage of when we’re not doing our job as pitchers. When our pitching isn’t consistent, our defense isn’t. It starts in the circle.” 

Jadeyn Wyrick earned the winning decision in Game 2 for Labette while Steging’s save came under duress.

In the last two victories for Labette, Steging has earned a four-inning win in relief as well as Sunday’s save.

“She’s coming in big situations and coming up big,” Phillips said. 

Labette faces perhaps its toughest opponent to date on Tuesday in a non-conference tilt against No. 5 Butler, the third Division I Kansas Jayhawk Conference foe the Cardinals will face. The Cardinals face Butler at home before returning to KJCCC action on Thursday against Johnson County, also at home.

“I hope we decide to play like we’re capable of for the whole day,” Phillips said. “Even in our wins, we’re showing signs of relaxed moments.” 

 

LABETTE VS. ST. CHARLES

Game 1

St. Charles 9, Labette 8

St. Charles: 001 260 0 — 9

Labette:      141 002 0  — 8

Notes

Labette: Morgan Schmidt 2 H, 3 R; Keira Jackson 3 H, 2 R, 2 RBI; Grey Holland 2 H, 3 RBI; Coralys Santiago-Pomales 2 H, 1 RBI; Winter Snyder 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Chloee Sams 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Lanie Patterson 2 H, 1 R; Katelyn Kotlarz (L) 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Kelly Hipsher 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0 K; Layney Steging 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

St. Charles: Elizabeth Davis 1 H, 1 R; Bailey Lovelace 1 H; Lindsay PIcha 2 R, 1 RBI; Maggie Dooley 3 H, 1 R, 2 RBI; Emma Becker 1 RBI; Sahaura Pauley 1 R; Audrey Carter 1 R; Emily Kramer 1 H, 1 R; Abbey Hultz 2 H, 2 R, 3 RBI; Davis (W) 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Lauren Montgomery 2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Samantha Payne 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

 

Game 2

Labette 8, St. Charles 7

St. Charles: 110 040 1 — 7

Labette:       340 010 x — 8

Notes

Labette: Morgan Schmidt 2 H, 1 R; Keira Jackson 1 H, 1 R; Grey Holland 1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI; Coralys Santiago-Pomales 1 R; Halley Boyd 1 H, 1 R, 3 RBI; Chloee Sams 1 H, 2 RBI; Savanah Hutchinson 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Makayla Davis 2 R; Karlee Kinder 1 H; Jadeyn Wyrick (W) 6 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K; Layney Steging (Sv) 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

St. Charles: Abbey Hultz 3 H, 2 R, 3 RBI; Hunter Collins 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Lauren Montgomery 1 R; Bailey Lovelace 2 H, 1 RBI; Lindsay Picha 2 H, 1 R; Elizabeth Davis 1 H; Maggie Dooley 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Emma Becker 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Audrey Carter 1 R; McKenna Joern (L) 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB; Hultz 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K

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