PITTSBURG — Playing at Pittsburg State for a home series due to field conditions, the Labette Cardinals split with North Iowa Area on Wednesday. The Cardinals took Game 1 5-4 before losing Game 2 7-5.

Labette’s record moved to 5-11 on the season with one more doubleheader on Sunday before the start of KJCCC play.

“It’s frustration at this point,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. “We had a week off of playing dates, so we worked a lot in practice to fix things. Transferring them over to game situations is where we’re lacking at this point.” 

Phillips felt his offense lacked its usual firepower in the short game throughout the series.

“They gave us a lot of opportunities to utilize short game, and we didn’t capitalize,” Phillips said. “It’s not as if we don’t work and don’t practice it. It’s just our execution in general that’s lacking throughout.” 

There were a few bright spots at the plate for the Cardinals. Catcher Audrey Miller had four hits including a home run in Game 2, while Erika Reed had three hits including a game-winning two-run homer in Game 1.

“Offensively, I don’t think we looked good at the plate,” Phillips said. “Some of the girls looked really good. But when you’re sporadic with only three having productivity, it’s a struggle to put runs on the board.” 

In the circle, freshman Jadeyn Wyrick earned the Game 1 victory for Labette. The Altamont product lasted 6.2 frames while allowing eight hits and four earned runs with seven strikeouts and six walks. Victoria Gonzales earned a one-out save.

As for Game 2, freshman Riley Payne ate the loss while allowing nine its and six runs, all earned, over seven innings of work.

“We’re struggling getting ahead in the count,” Phillips said. “We talk about that everyday. Instead, hitters are sitting back and swinging out of their shoes.” 

Labette has now lost five of its last six games and six of its last eight. The Cardinals are scheduled to face North Dakota State College on Sunday at home before starting KJCCC play on March 19 against Johnson County.

“We’ve tried to implement the quintessential tools to get us back on track and see success,” Phillips said. “That didn’t transpire offensively or defensively. I’ll take my ownership on it. I’m doing what I can to build the basic go-to aspects that have worked for us. But ownership on their behalf has to happen at some point.”



Game 1

Labette 5, North Iowa Area 4

North Iowa Area: 003 001 0 — 4

Labette:             200 120 X — 5


Labette: Morgan Schmidt 2 H, 2 R; Erika Reed 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI; Audrey Miller 2 H; Julia Hawkins 1 RBI; Jaylen Hayward 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Layney Steging 1 H; Kaleigh Warren 1 RBI; Jadeyn Wyrick (W) 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 7 K; Victoria Gonzales (Sv) 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

North Iowa Area: Taylor Schmidt 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Hannah Faktor 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI; Anna Lensing 1 H, 1 R; Morgan Kelley 2 H, 2 RBI; Ciana Sonberg 1 H, 1 R; Riley Nelson 1 H; Kayla Sproul (L) 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K


Game 2

North Iowa Area 7, Labette 5

North Iowa Area: 040 201 0 — 7

Labette:             100 120 1 — 5


Labette: Morgan Schmidt 2 H, 1 R; Erika Reed 1 H, 2 RBI; Audrey Miller 2 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; Julia Hawkins 1 H, 1 RBI; Jaylen Hayward 1 H; Layney Steging 1 H, 1 R; Adron Durman 1 H, 1 R; Riley Payne (L) 7 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K

North Iowa Area: Taylor Schmidt 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI; Hannah Faktor 2 H, 2 RBI; McKinsey Johnson 1 h, 1 R; Ciana Sonberg 2 H, 1 R; Morgan Kelley 1 R; McKenna Mentink 1 H, 1 R; Macy Alexander 1 H, 2 RBI; Riley Nelson 1 H, 1 R; McKenna Mentink (W) 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

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