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Area Baseball/Softball Roundup - Tuesday, March 30

The Russell/Victoria baseball team opened its season at Rock Creek on Tuesday, March 30. (Photo courtesy Matt Walters)
The Russell/Victoria baseball team opened its season at Rock Creek on Tuesday, March 30. (Photo courtesy Matt Walters)

Two area baseball teams and one area softball team opened their 2021 seasons on Tuesday. The games were significant since it was the first time high school baseball and softball teams in Kansas took the field since the spring of 2019 after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Russell-Victoria baseball team in their first season under new coach Allan Penka traveled to St. George to take on the Rock Creek Mustangs on their brand new Astro Turf field. It was a tough opener for the Broncos (0-2) as Rock Creek prevailed by scores of 14-1 and 10-0.

The news was better for the Russell-Victoria softball team in their first game under the new co-op agreement between the two schools as the Lady Broncos (2-0) swept a road doubleheader against Plainville-Stockton by scores of 17-0 in four innings and 21-0 in five innings.

Pitching was the story of the day for Russell-Victoria as Kendra Bay and Rylee Miller combined to allow just one hit with Miller pitching a no-hitter in the nightcap. Kassi Weber led Russell-Victoria with four hits in Game 1 while Taylor Powers led the Lady Bronco attack in Game 2 driving in five runs and finishing the game a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

Both Russell-Victoria teams will be in action on Thursday with doubleheaders against Colby. The baseball team will make the trip west while softball will play their 2021 home opener against the Lady Eagles at Memorial Park.

Also in action Tuesday were the Lincoln-Sylvan-Lucas Leopards as they played on the road at Republic County. The Buffaloes who began their baseball program in 2019 with a winless campaign defeated the Leopards (1-1) in Game 1, 13-7 before Lincoln-Sylvan-Lucas won a wild game in the nightcap, 25-15.