Second inning difference for Panthers in game one
Two runs in the bottom of the second were enough for the Neosho County Community College Panther softball team to hold off Allen County Community College for a 2-1 victory in game one of a double header Tuesday in Chanute.
Neosho dropped game two 11-3 after five innings due to the run rule.
The second inning scores came from an RBI single from Becki Hendrickson that scored Amanda Rodriguez and an RBI single from Jozie Garner that scored Meaghan Thompson for the 2-0 lead.
Allen tried to rally in the top of the fourth, but managed only one run. Allen’s Erika King scored from third on a RBI single from Cassidy Reynolds to narrow the Panther margin to 2-1.
Thompson picked up the win with a complete game. She struck out six, allowed seven hits and walked one batter. Thompson was 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored. Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Neosho scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take the early advantage over the Red Devils in game two, but Allen answered with a run in the top of the second and five runs in the top of the third to take a 7-2 lead. Allen score three more runs in the top of the third, two on a home run from Ashley Womack, for a 10-2 lead.
Neosho managed one more run in the bottom of the third with a Anna Crawford solo homerun.
Allen scored a run in the top of the fifth to end the ballgame after five.
Neosho (8-3 KJCCC East, 14-15 overall) travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan Thursday before a rematch with Allen (6-8, 11-14) in Iola Saturday.