The Hutchinson Community College softball team came close to a signature win Tuesday at Fun Valley Sports Complex, but the Blue Dragons came up short in a doubleheader against Jayhawk East leader Cowley.
Cowley won the first game 6-1, and then edged the Blue Dragons 4-2 in the eight innings in the second game.
Sophomore Destiny Schultz pitched brilliantly for the Blue Dragons in the second game, holding Cowley to two runs over seven innings. In one stretch, Schulze retired 12 batters in a row.
Kameron Pope had two of HutchCC’s six hits in the second game. In the first game, the Blue Dragons had plenty of runners on base but went just 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
The Blue Dragons had come into the doubleheader on a tear, having won 12 of their last 14 games.
The Cowley games wrapped up conference play, and the Blue Dragons will most likely be the No. 4 seed in postseason play, which would mean they’ll be at home for the first round. They’ll take on the No. 11 seed, which will likely be Kansas City on April 28-29 at Fun Valley. The winner of the best-of-three first-round series advances to Topeka for the double-elimination part of the tournament.