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Medicine Lodge tops Hillsboro in 3A softball

MANHATTAN — The Medicine Lodge softball team shook off a tough loss Saturday morning in the most pleasing way.

By stomping Hillsboro 12-2 in their final game of the season, the Indians won third place at the Class 3A tournament and took home a trophy that players couldn't wait to pose with.

"We're the only softball team in our school's history to get this far," senior catcher Kelli Traffas said. "So we're really proud of this."

That sense of accomplishment wasn't around a few hours earlier, when Osage City handed Medicine Lodge a 4-2 defeat to end the Indians' championship hopes. But Medicine Lodge coach Cheri Dohrmann figured her players wouldn't stay down for long.

She's been around them long enough to know they always look forward to the next game, regardless of what is at stake.

"That's what they've been doing all year long," Dohrmann said. "They faced adversity and never once decided to feel sorry for themselves. They decided to keep their heads high and keep playing hard."

Sure enough, Medicine Lodge came out with intensity against Hillsboro in the third-place game. The Indians scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed.

Stephanie Dierksen got things going with a RBI double, and her teammates soon joined in. Medicine Lodge added a run in the second inning and put up seven more in the third, all while racking up 13 hits and allowing no runs.

Taylor Catlin, who threw a nice game despite not pitching since the beginning of the season, contributed a double in the big third inning, as did Traffas.

"We were going to leave it all out on the field and play as hard as we could in that last game," Traffas said. "Once we got going with the very first hit, it was all downhill."

Dohrmann said the leadership of her six seniors made it easy to keep going.

Hillsboro scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, but that wasn't enough to extend the game to a full seven innings.

Hillsboro coach Stephanie Sinclair said her team seemed emotionally down after falling 2-1 to eventual state champion Riverton in their semifinal game.

"It was a great season, and almost every player returns," Sinclair said. "We're definitely looking forward to next year."

Third Place

Hillsboro (23-3) 000 11 — 2 2 1 Medicine Lodge (24-2) 417 0x — 12 13 0

W—Catlin. L—Weber.

Riverton 3, Osage City 2

Championship

Osage City (23-3) 100 100 0 — 2 4 1 Riverton (23-1) 210 000 x — 3 9 0

W—Sills. L—Spicer.

Osage City 4, Medicine Lodge 2

Semifinals

Osage City100 001 2 — 4 10 1 Medicine Lodge100 010 0 — 2 4 1

W—Spicer. L—Bailey.

Riverton 2, Hillsboro 1

Semifinals

Hillsboro100 000 0 — 1 4 2 Riverton000 011 x — 2 6 1

W—Sills. L—Weber.

Class 2-1A

Pitt. Colgan 14, Spearville 2

Championship

Pittsburg Colgan (25-1) 122 401 4 — 14 17 1 Spearville (24-2) 000 200 0 — 2 4 2

W—M. Gilmore. L—Kistler.

Chase County 12, Chetopa 4

Third Place

Chase County (18-6) 351 020 1 — 12 7 2 Chetopa (21-5) 011 011 0 — 4 15 6

W—Rains. L—Moses.

Pitt. Colgan 10, Chetopa 4

Semifinals

Chetopa300 001 0— 4 5 4 Pittsburg Colgan022 123 x — 10 13 5

W—Hayes. L—LaPee.

Spearville 9, Chase County 1

Semifinals

Chase County001 000 0 — 1 4 1 Spearville340 200 x — 9 12 1

W—Kistler. L—Rains.

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