BAXTER SPRINGS - Riverton’s Kansas All-Stater and Pittsburg State University signee Taylor Compton is probably the best softball pitcher in Southeast Kansas, and arguably on of the best in the state. She was definitely on against Baxter Springs on the Lady Lions home field Tuesday.
Compton in the opener, on a perfect 18 batters in six innings, faced 19. Compton struck out 13 in the game. The lone Lady Lions hit was a double by senior Chelsey Madden. Riverton also had the fire power for the double header. They recorded 13 hits in the first game and came back with 17 hits in the second. Baxter Springs is now 5-4 for the season.
Freshman Lexi Piler, in the first game, started the five-dinger night with a two RBI homerun in the third inning. She added a single in the sixth inning. Compton’s battery mate, and also a first team 2016 All-State, senior Sam Greninger banged a solo homerun in the fifth inning, and a three-RBI blast off the top and over the scoreboard in centerfield in the sixth. Sophomore Kenzie Lee led off the sixth with her solo homerun. Senior Sydnee Donaldson finished with a double and two base hits, junior Jamee Compton added two singles, as did freshman sister Camryn Compton.
Compton and the Lady Rams had a 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Baxter Springs did manage to get a runner past second base for the first time of the evening and plated their only run.
Senior Sarah Spencer hit the outfield wall for a double. Junior Kortney Sills rapped a base hit advancing Spencer to third. Sophomore Abbey Underhill hit a 4-3 sacrifice bringing in Spencer. Compton finished the nightcap with 12 K’s, and giving up five hits. Additional hits were two singles by Kelsey Spence, and a base hit by senior Karley Bailey.
For Riverton, C. Compton contributed a double, and three base hits. J. Compton rapped a double, and two singles. Donaldson came through with more hits with her double, and two singles. Sophomore Taygun Higinbotham added a double.
T. Compton helped her win in the first inning with a two-RBI MOAB going over the centerfield fence about 30 feet over the scoreboard. Greninger added her third homerun of the double header in the third inning.