Cougars move to 6-3 on the season

LAMAR, Colo. -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team went to 6-3 on the year after shutting out Colby Community College in a doubleheader on Monday in Lamar, Colo.

The Cougars put together an 11-hit attack that was highlighted by five doubles in dropping Colby 7-0 in game one. The second game was just as impressive from the plate as the Cougars pounded out 11 hits in getting the 12-0 win.

Monday's two wins came off the heels of a split on Sunday in Odessa, Texas. The Cougars started off Sunday with a 9-4 win over Coastal Bend College before falling 10-2 to No. 10 Odessa.

In the first game against Colby, the Cougars put together timely hitting and a great pitching performance from Shelby McGraw. McGraw tossed six innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four in picking up the win.

Offensively, the Cougars were in full stride. Four different players had multi-hit games. Morgan Varoz led the way with a 3-for-4 with three singles, a run scored and RBI. Lindsay Guymon, Alysa Linford, and Kelsey Bernhardt each had two hits. Guymon had two doubles, Linford a double, and Bernhardt two singles and two RBIs.

The second game was also impressive on both sides of the ball. Jordan Smith tossed four strong innings in picking up the win. Smith, a freshman from Wellville, Utah, scattered four hits while striking out seven to get her third win of the year. RaVae Herrera tossed the fifth inning while striking out one.

Offensively, the Cougars had a balanced attack. Guymon led the way with a 3-for-3 game with three RBIs and two runs scored. Bernhardt also picked up multiple hits, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Linford also had three RBIs in the win.

WNCC never looked back in the win, plating three runs in the first and then added five in the second. The Cougars then added two runs each in the third and fourth for the win.

Sunday's win against Coastal Bend was very similar to Monday's contest where the team pounded out 11 hits. Ball led the hitting attack with a 3-for-3 game with two RBIs and a run scored. Guymon also had two hits in four at bats.

Smith had another strong showing on the mound in the win, going seven innings in scattering four hits, giving up four runs and striking out one.

The contest against Odessa was controlled by the ranked team as jumped to a 6-0 lead after three innings, including a four-run second inning. WNCC stayed strong, however, and scratched across single runs in the fourth fifth.

WNCC managed just five hits in the contest, including doubles from Ball, Guymon, and Herrera,

WNCC (6-3) will be back in action this Saturday when they compete in the Frank Phillips tourney in Borger, Texas, where they will face Dodge City Community College, Frank Phillips, and El Paso Community College.

Monday's Games

First Game

WNCC 110 203 0 – 7 11 0

Colby 000 000 0 – 0 3 2

WP – Shelby McGraw; 2B – Lindsay Guymon 2, Kelsey Bernhardt, Jessica Ball, Alysa Linford.

Second Game

Colby 000 00 – 0 4 5

WNCC (6-3) 352 2x – 12 11 0

WP – Jordan Smith; 2B RaVae Herrera.

Sunday's Games

First Game

WNCC 117 000 0 – 9 11 2

Coastal Bend 002 200 0 – 4 4 2

WP – Smith.

Second Game

WNCC 000 11 – 2 5 1

Odessa 141 31 – 10 14 0

LP – RaVae Herrera; 2B – Guymon, Ball, Herrera

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