14 Express wins Class C state title

By Steve Sell
June 22, 2015

DERBY — McPherson Lady Express 14 coach Mariah Wedel said a practice last week apparently got her team’s attention.

“We struggled last weekend, so we put in a hefty 2 1/2-hour practice on Thursday,” said Wedel, noting she drilled the team on all facets of the game, including defense. “We really came to play this weekend.”

The Express won the Kansas Class C championship, defeating the Impact Kings 6-2 for the title after the Kings had forced an extra game with a 7-5 victory. In the final two games, the Express accumulated 24 base knocks.

“We really hit the ball,” Wedel said.

Here is a summary:

• Express 5, Velocity 3 — Lexi Williams scored three runs as the tablesetter in the leadoff spot. Brooke Miller had two hits.

• Express 6, Derby Lightning 5 — Kenzie Goering drove in three runs, while Miller had two hits.

• Express 10, BC Bombsquad 0 — Gracie Bruton was credited with three RBIs. McPherson actually had only two hits as walks and hit batters helped the cause greatly.

• Express 6, Impact Kings 5 — Goering scored two runs, while the team had only two hits, again taking advantage of mistakes.

• Impact Kings 7, Express 5 — Williams and Miller both stroked three hits and Bruton had two.

• Express 6, Impact Kings 2 — Sydney Boese drove in four runs, while Goering roped three hits. Miller, Bruton and Halle Giddings all had two hits as McPherson’s bats were on fire.

Boxes

Game 1

Express (5) — Williams 0-3-0-0, Miller 3-1-2-1, Goering 2-1-0-0, Nichols 2-0-0-0, Gerlach 2-0-0-0, Giddings 1-0-1-0, Bruton 2-0-0-0, Boese 1-0-0-0, Sneath 2-0-0-0, Ryals 1-0-0-0, Jones 2-0-0-0.

Game 2

Express (6) — Williams 2-1-0-0, Miller 2-2-2-0, Goering 2-2-1-3, Nichols 2-1-1-0, Gerlach 2-0-1-1, Giddings 2-0-0-0, Bruton 2-0-0-0, Boese 2-0-0-0, Sneath 2-0-1-0, Ryals 2-0-1-0, Jones 2-0-0-0.

Game 3

Express (10) — Williams 1-1-0-0, Miller 1-2-1-0, Goering 0-2-0-0, Nichols 0-1-0-1, Gerlach 0-2-0-1, Giddings 1-1-0-0, Bruton 1-0-1-3, Boese 0-1-0-0, Sneath 1-0-0-0, Ryals 1-0-0-0, Jones 0-0-0-0.

Game 4

Express (6) — Williams 2-0-0-0, Miller 2-1-0-0, Goering 2-2-0-1, Nichols 0-0-0-0, Gerlach 3-0-0-1, Giddings 3-1-0-0, Bruton 3-0-1-0, Boese 3-1-1-0, Sneath 1-1-0-0, Ryals 3-0-0-0, Jones 2-0-0-0.

Game 5

Express (5) — Williams 4-1-3-0, Miller 4-2-3-1, Goering 3-1-1-0, Nichols 0-0-0-0, Gerlach 3-0-1-1, Giddings 2-0-1-0, Bruton 3-1-2-0, Boese 3-0-1-0, Sneath 3-0-1-1, Ryals 2-0-0-0, Jones 3-0-0-0.

Game 6

Express (6) — Williams 2-0-0-0, Miller 3-1-2-0, Goering 3-2-3-0, Nichols 0-0-0-0, Gerlach 3-1-0-0, Giddings 3-0-2-0, Bruton 3-1-2-2, Boese 2-1-1-4, Sneath 2-0-0-0, Ryals 2-0-0-0, Jones 2-0-0-0.


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