Wolves kickoff 2020 softball season

North Sevier senior Kaysha Beckstead rounds third base and works her way to home plate during a game against American Leadership Academy in Salina, March 5.

SALINA – The North Sevier High School Wolf Women softball team picked up two wins and a loss during the opening week of the 2020 season. All three games were played on the Wolf Women’s home field in Salina. The Wolf Women defeated Delta, 9-4, March 3. South Summit beat the Wolf Women, 19-2, March 4. The final game of their debut week was against American Leadership Academy, March 5. The Wolf Women edged out the Lady Eagles by a single run, 13-12, to chalk the win. 

Delta’s Lady Rabbits scored a run in the top of the first inning. The Wolf Women responded with three runs in the bottom of the second and fourth innings, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Lady Rabbits made a run at the Wolf Women in the top of the seventh inning with three players crossing home plate, but were unable to catch up to the Wolf Women. 

Kaysha Beckstead, Abby Johnson and Laynee Nielsen all went two of three at bat, as well as an RBI each. One of Beckstead’s hits was a double for the Wolf Women. Mckenzie Brown hit a triple and had two RBIs. McKylee Malmgren batted .500, crossed home plate three times and stole four bases against the Lady Rabbits. 

South Summit’s Lady Wildcats jumped to an early lead and didn’t look back. The squad scored four runs in the top of the first inning, 11 in the second and four more in the third. The Wolf Women only bringing two runners home in the bottom of the third ended the game. 

Beckstead’s hit was a home run, which brought Jacy Crane and herself across home plate for the Wolf Women’s two points during the matchup. Kamree Brunson went two of two at bat for the Wolf Women. 

In a nail-biter against ALA, the Wolf Women pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Lady Eagles with a big fifth inning. The Lady Eagles jumped out to an 8-5 lead over the Wolf Women by the bottom of the fourth inning, and then added two more runs during the top of the fifth for a 10-5 advantage. The Wolf Women delivered in the bottom of the fifth bringing seven runners across home plate turning the five-point deficit into a two-point lead. Neither squad scored in the sixth. The Lady Eagles tied the game at 12 in the top of the seventh. The Wolf Women locked the victory with two runs in the bottom of the seventh-inning stretch.

Brunson led the Wolf pack hitting three of four at the plate – a triple, a double and a single, as well as stealing two bases and having four RBIs. Brown went three of four at bat, one of which was a double and an RBI. Nielsen batted .750, with one being a homer for the Wolf Women. Malmgren also had a home run during the bout, while Crane connected for two doubles. 

The Wolf Women will host the Lady Bulldogs of Gunnison in Salina Tuesday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m.

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