COFFEYVILLE, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College softball team earned a split of Friday's road doubleheader, bouncing back from a tough 6-5 loss in Game One to take Game Two by the final score of 8-6.
Cloud County (11-17 overall, 4-10 KJCCC East) was led by its offense in Game Two as the T-Birds scored at least one run in five of the seven innings and tallied 11 hits off Coffeyville (16-21 overall, 6-12 KJCCC East).
Gillen was 2-for-3 with three runs score and a RBI from the leadoff spot and Dinkel was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in. Both her hits went for extra bases as she doubled in a run and scored in the sixth inning then added a RBI triple in the sixth that bumped Cloud's lead up to 8-4 at the time.
Coffeyville made things interesting late, scoring a run in the home-half of the sixth inning to get to within 8-5 and putting two runners on with no outs in the seventh.
Freshman pitcher Madison Hammond was able to close the door, though, by inducing three straight groundouts to end the ballgame and pick up her sixth win of the season.
Hammond allowed six runs, just three earned, on 10 scattered hits and one walk over her seven innings of work.
As for Game One, the T-Birds had to stomach a 6-5 heartbreaker as they held leads of 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 through six innings, but lost in walk-off fashion to the Red Ravens.
Coffeyville received a one-out walk followed by a single to get the bottom of the seventh inning going. Each runner moved up an extra base on the throw following the single, putting runners on second and third with one out.
Both runners would come around to score on passed balls for Coffeyville to steal the 6-5 victory.
A silver lining for the T-Birds in Game One was that their offense added to overall effective afternoon at the plate as Cloud County finished with nine hits from six different players.
Freshman outfielder Kelsey Bowers drove in a team-high two runs with a pair of RBI groundouts.
Cloud County will look to build off Friday's split when it continues KJCCC East action on Saturday on the road against Labette Community College. Game times are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.