A 23-hit effort hoisted the No. 12 Labette Cardinals to an 8-6, 11-5 sweep of the No. 9 Cowley Tigers at home on Thursday.

Up and down the lineup, Labette’s offense tallied up the numbers at the plate. In a comeback win in Game 1, where the Cardinals trailed 5-2 in the fifth inning, seven Cardinals totaled eight RBI while six scored runs. 

As for Game 2, nine Cardinals scored runs while Hallee Boyd tallied four RBI. Labette first baseman had five RBI over the two games while Chloee Sams, Winter Snyder and Boyd all homered in the series. Center fielder Morgan Schmidt racked up four hits and as many runs with two RBI. 

Labette also drew 10 walks, five apiece in each game.

“Cowley is one of the best teams, if not the best team we’ve faced in the conference thus far,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. “We did a better job with our approach at the plate. We weren’t selfish early in the count. And believe it or not, we got a couple of bunts down. Amazingly enough, Labette softball can bunt again.” 

Despite the two wins, defensive miscues continued to plague Labette’s defense. Seven of Cowley’s 11 runs on the day were unearned off seven errors by the Cardinals.

“Our defense hasn’t played well for the last four games,” Phillips said. “It’s aggravating to say the least. We’re complacent at times knowing our offense can come through. Whenever it doesn’t we struggle winning games. That’s what happened at Neosho County. We’ve got to have a better mindset.” 

Jadeyn Wyrick and Katelyn Kotlarz both threw complete games in the circle with Wyrick earning the Game 1 win while Kotlarz kept the Tigers in check in Game 2.

“Jadeyn and Katelyn both threw great games,” Phillips said. “We’re giving up too many unearned runs. We’ve got to have a better overall mindset to play a complete game.” 

Ultimately, it was Labette’s firepower that masked errors on defense and mistakes on the bases. 

“I’m glad we have such a powerful offense,” Phillips said. “But sometimes we need a sacrifice bunt and we have to be able to utilize that part of the game. It’ll make us a more multifaceted team.” 

In a brutal KJCCC where six out of 10 teams are ranked in the NJCAA polls, Labette currently sits in second place at 17-3 in conference play and 26-12 overall. Ninth-ranked Cowley dropped to 29-13 and 17-7 with the two losses. 

No. 8 Highland, currently in first place in the conference, swept No. 11 Kansas City Kansas on Thursday to improve to 19-3 in KJCCC action.

Labette heads north on Saturday to face No. 17 Johnson County in the first of its final four KJCCC doubleheaders of the regular season. The Cardinals follow up that series with a home date against Highland on May 4 before ending the season with four games, two at Fort Scott and two at home against Allen.

“Every game can have a win-or-go-home mentality,” Phillips said. “But if we do that for the next 10 days, we’ll be worn out by the time we get to the postseason. Our approach can’t wear ourselves out. Overall, we’ve just got to come out and do what we can do. We’re talented and have an opportunity to do something special.” 

 

NO. 12 LABETTE VS. NO. 9 COWLEY

Game 1

Labette 8, Cowley 6

Cowley: 001 221 0 — 6

Labette: 110 033 x — 8

Notes

Labette: Morgan Schmidt 1 H, 2 R; Coralys Santiago-Pomales 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; Grey Holland 2 H, 1 R, 2 RBI; Halen Boyd 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Winter Snyder 2 H, 1 R, 2 RBI; Chloee Sams 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Karlee Kinder 1 H, 1 RBI; Jadeyn Wyrick (W) 7 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Cowley: Hughes 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; McClellan 2 H, 1 R; Luttrell 1 H, 1 RBI; North 1 H, 1 RBI; Jones 2 H, 2 R; Teufel 1 R; Musson 1 R; Mason (L) 5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 5 K; Williams 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

 

Game 2

Labette 11, Cowley 5

Cowley: 002 210 0 — 5

Labette: 011 540 x — 11

Notes

Labette: Morgan Schmidt 3 H, 2 R, 2 RBI; Keira jackson 2 H, 1 R; Coralys Santiago-Pomales 1 R; Grey Holland 2 H, 1 R, 3 RBI; Hallee Boyd 1 H, 1 R, 4 RBI; Chloee Sams 1 H; Winter Snyder 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Karlee Kinder 2 H, 1 R; Natalie Oxendine 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; Makayla Davis 1 R; Katelyn Kotlarz (W) 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K

Cowley: Hughes 1 H; Duncan 1 H, 1 R; McClellan 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI; North 2 H, 1 R; North 1 H, 1 RBI; Curry 1 R; Mercer (L) 4 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; Williams 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

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