Archive for May, 2018

Softball sweeps Hesston

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College softball team began postseason play this past Saturday against Hesston College in a best-of-three game series.

However, three games wasn’t necessary, as the Blue Dragons swept the Larks, 6-2 and 7-6.

Hutchinson started the day off hot, scoring four runs in the first inning of the first game. This was largely due to a Raven Bass home run that scored three of the four runs.

D.J. Cannon sent the last run in thanks to her triple that was smashed to center field.

Hesston couldn’t get much going during game one. Through seven innings, the Larks scored two runs and only managed three hits.
The second game was much closer, but the Blue Dragons again used the first inning to put the Larks in a hole. With the Blue Dragons hitting well, and the Larks committing far too many errors, the score was 5-2 after just one inning in favor of Hutchinson.

Hesston made things interesting by outscoring Hutchinson 3-1 over the course of the next five innings. Tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Blue Dragons managed to escape the Larks by scoring the necessary run.

After the sweep, the Blue Dragons are now 35-9 overall. Their next game in the Region 6 tournament will be against Coffeyville Community College at noon Saturday at Hummer Park in Topeka.

Lucas Barlow

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna- My post-grad spontaneous Texas experience

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

For my final unfortunate-events story of the semester, I have decided to share an experience that only my best friend Rachel and I would have ever experienced in the history of the world.

It was our spontaneous trip right after of high school graduation. We saved up enough money so that we could drive to the Gulf of Mexico.

It was two days after graduation. We had just gotten extra money from friends and relatives. Thank you to my family members for all of the gift cards!

The only things that Rachel and I decided upon before the trip were to go to Texas and through Waco. We also wanted to go to the beach because I had never been and on the way back, the plan was to see some of my family members in Texas and go to the Dr Pepper factory. Yes, I love Dr Pepper that much.

My mom once lived in Corpus Christi when my grandpa was in the navy. She loved it there and shared stories that made me want to go there.

Rachel and I left around 10 a.m. for Texas. She drove while I navigated. We went from Wichita through Oklahoma City and then Fort Worth and Dallas. When we finally got to Corpus Christi, it was 4 a.m. We didn’t want to waste money, so we decided not to stop earlier.

The only hotel that would accept 18-year olds was a Motel 6, so that’s where we stayed. That night, there was a rain storm, which we documented.

In the morning, we decided it would be fun to find a beach and go swim. It was still pretty cloudy and gloomy out from the storm, and when we found a beach area, it wasn’t really what I expected. It was kind of trashy and there weren’t many people there. It didn’t take us very long to realize we were at an unpopular beach, possibly not a beach at all.

We decided to swim anyways.

Oh and I should probably mention that I forgot to bring a swimsuit on this trip. I know … classic Brenna! Any way, I figured it all out and we went to the salty water that didn’t produce very big waves. It was just an off day.

The next thing that happened will forever scar Rachel and I. We were just swimming in the ocean, minding our own business, when out of nowhere we were hit with a wave. This was no ordinary wave. No siree, this wave was stinging the ever living crap out of us. We thought it was rocks and at first in so much shock that we didn’t even move. When it sunk in that in fact, some sea creatures were stinging us, we freaked out and sprinted, as fast as you can in the water, to the shore.

I looked down at my legs and arms being pinched all over and there were these tiny, clear, blobs. They started dying being out of the water and I started feeling short relief, but they were everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.

I drove us back to the hotel where we washed the gross things off of us. Turns out they were baby jellyfish. I went in thinking I might get attacked and eaten by a shark and ended up getting shocked by jellyfish. Perfect …

On the bright side, Rachel and I still had a good time despite the many incidents that happened on the trip that would take more than a single column to write about and gave us a great story to tell our families.

Brenna