By Rusty Whitcher
There are amusement parks with legendary roller coaster which have loops, turns, twists, highs and lows which leave riders with their hearts jumping from their throat to their stomachs to everywhere in between.
And then there is the Hesston College softball season which may leave all of those wild rides in the dust with all of the ups and downs.
In just 24 hours the Larks went from the peaks, to the bottom of the valley, back to the top of the mountain during action on the weekend of March 20 and 21. The Larks hosted both Neosho County Community College and Allen Community College, coming away with an epic meltdown against Neosho in game one, blasted in game two only to recover with a double header sweep of highly favored Allen Community College the second day.
Hesston led Neosho 4-3 heading into top of the seventh of game one. The wheels came off in spectacular fashion as the Larks allowed eight runs in the first half of the final inning before losing 11-5. Game two was a moot point as the Larks watched Neosho blast balls through holes in a 14-2 routing.
However, instead of packing up the shop, the Larks recovered the following day. Hesston took advantage of some Allen miscues to pull away for a 4-2 victory in the first game. The second game was scoreless through four and a half innings when the Larks scratched two across in the bottom of the fifth. Allen scored one run in the top of the seventh and had two on with none out. A great double play by Lark third baseman Daisy Correa erased the threat and Hesston closed out the 2-1 victory with a routine ground out.
The wins moved the Larks to 10-12 on the season.