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After its sweep of Ark City, Derby (16-2) stands two wins away from a ninth-consecutive trip to the Class 6A state tournament.

The Panthers saw their final home doubleheader moved to Andover due to rain and went home with 12-2 (six innings) and 10-7 wins.

In the opener, Derby stormed out to a 9-2 lead through the first three innings. Senior Madi Young torched the ball in both games, going 7-for-9 between the doubleheader and getting four of those hits in the first game.

Young is now hitting .565 for the spring and had two doubles, two triples and four runs driven in against Ark City. Junior Mariah Wheeler drove in a teambest three runs in the run-ruled win.

Combined with Young and sophomore Amber Howe, Derby’s 1-2-3 hitters went 9-for-13 at the plate.

Sophomore Paige Paxton, who has now thrown nearly 61 percent of the team’s innings with 68.2 total, pitched the first five frames.

Ark City’s bats did damage in the second and third inning of the nightcap, taking a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the third inning.

Senior Courtney Cline, Young and Wheeler started the bottom half with three consecutive hits on the way to a 8-6 Derby lead.

The Bulldogs put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the fifth, but were unable to score either run after seeing the lead baserunner retired at third on a fielder’s choice.

The Panthers answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on triples from Young and Wheeler.

Freshman Sophia Depew got the win in relief, throwing 4.2 innings. She threw 28.2 innings for the season and finished the regular season with a 4-1 record.

 

FINAL 6A REGIONAL STANDINGS 

RECORD WIN %

Washburn Rural 18-0, 100.0% 

Lawrence Free State 18-2, 90.0% 

Derby 16-2, 88.9% 

Topeka 14-3, 82.4% 

Garden City 13-3, 81.3% 

Dodge City 16-5, 76.5% 

Campus 14-6, 70.0% 

Liberal 12-8, 60.0% 

Wichita North 10-7, 58.8% 

Wichita East 5-11, 31.3% 

Wichita South 5-13, 27.8% 

Manhattan 5-15, 25.0% 

Hutchinson 4-14, 22.2% 

Junction City 4-15, 21.1% 

Lawrence 3-17, 15.0% 

Wichita West 1-17, 5.6% 

Wichita Southeast 1-17, 5.6%

V SOFTBALL VS. ARK CITY (MAY 9) 

ARKC: 0 3 3 0 0 1 0— 7 6 1 

DRBY: 0 3 2 3 2 0 X— 10 13 3

W: Depew

L: Colquohoun

2B: Rico, Young (DRBY); Daniel (ARKC) 

3B: Young 2 (DRBY)

HR: Paxton (DRBY); Daniel (ARKC)

RBI: Young 4, Wheeler 2, Paxton 2, Rico (DRBY); Daniel 3, Hull 2, Daniels (ARKC)

V SOFTBALL VS. ARK CITY (MAY 9) 

ARKC: 1 0 1 0 0 0 X— 2 4 5

DRBY: 5 2 2 0 1 2 X— 12 17 0

W: Paxton

L: Camp

2B: Cline, Enslinger, Martin, Wheeler, Young (DRBY); Daniels (ARKC)

3B: Westhoff (ARKC) 

RBI: Wheeler 3, Howe 2, Paxton 2, Martin, Haney, Cline (DRBY); Birdwell, Daniels (ARKC)

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