Lady Pirates softball wins district title, heads to Liberal

Michael L. Misdfeldt

With hardware in hand, the Ash Grove Lady Pirates softball team poses for a victory picture following their Class 1, District 5 championship win against Purdy, May 7 at Purdy. The Lady Pirates were scheduled to play Liberal next  the evening of Tuesday, May 14. (Photo submitted)

The Ash Grove High School softball team is moving on to the Class 1 state tournament after winning the Class 1, District 5 tournament last week.
On Tuesday, May 7, in Purdy, the Lady Pirates knocked off host Purdy, 4-3, to win the Class 1, District 5 tournament and advance to the state round of the tournament.
Ash Grove scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead, but fell behind when Purdy scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. The Lady Pirates answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to retake the lead 4-3 and then held on for the victory.
Myah Johnson went 3-3 with a home run and three RBIs and Meagan Hawkins got the win, going all seven innings, allowing two earned runs, while striking out six.
Ash Grove reached the championship game of the district tournament by defeating Crane on Monday, May 6, 10-0.
The Lady Pirates scored five runs in the first inning, one run in the fourth inning and four runs in the sixth inning.
Ashlyn Gerla was 1-3 with a double and an RBI, Madison Lutz went 2-4 with an RBI, Johnson was 1-4 with two RBIs, Marissa Andrus finished 1-2 with a double and three RBIs and Hawkins got the win, going six innings, allowing no runs, while striking out seven.
“We had a great run in districts,” said head coach Austin Tipton. “I had never seen the girls on the team more locked in and that was great. Overall, as a team we did all I could ask for. We hit, fielded and pitched great. Johnson had an amazing game in the district final versus Purdy with her first career home run and scored the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh on Andrus’ hit to right field. The goal since I got to Ash Grove was to win a district title and we were happy to complete that goal, now we are grateful to be able to set new goals and aim to continue this season for a little while longer.”
The Lady Pirates are now 22-8 and were scheduled to travel to Liberal last night to take on Liberal in the Class 1 state tournament.

The Pirates baseball team finished up their 2024 regular season with a 3-0 shutout of Jasper at home on Monday, May 6.
Ash Grove scored two runs in the second inning and then added an insurance run in the fifth inning.
Bryce Davis went 2-2 with a run scored and an RBI and was also the winning pitcher, going seven innings allowing no runs on just two hits with 14 strikeouts. Zane Messley was 2-3 with a run scored and Caleb Mullins finished 1-3 with a run scored.
The Pirates are now 11-5 and were scheduled to play Lincoln in a semifinal match up in Urbana in the Class 2, District 13 tournament on Monday night.


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