KCKCC softball earns No. 5 seed in district tournament

The KCKCC softball team is seeded No. 5 in the District B regional softball tournament. KCKCC will play No. 4 seed Johnson County Community College at noon May 14 in Topeka, Kansas. (KCKCC photo)

by Tyler Scott, KCKCC sports information director

The KCKCC softball Blue Devils have been seeded No. 5 in the upcoming District B NJCAA Region VI Division II Softball Tournament, according to a conference announcement.

The tournament will take place May 14-15 at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kansas.

The Blue Devils enter the tournament at 40-14 overall and finished 21-11 in the KJCCC.

After losing four straight games to Neosho County Community College and Highland Community College, the Blue Devils took three of their final four games – including a sweep over Allen County Community College and one game against Johnson County Community College.

KCKCC had its best results of the season when it won 11 of 12 games to cap off the month of April.

McKenna Lester, Bradi Basler and McKenzie Ogden are all hitting over .400 this season and have played in all 54 games.

Savannah Maynard leads the team with 22 doubles and is batting .370. Ogden has hit 10 triples on the year, while Basler and Lester have hit 16 and 12 home runs.

Lester also leads the team with 82 RBI and Basler has scored 72 runs. Basler and Breanna Droge have combined for 39 wins in the circle and 303 strikeouts.

The squad opens the tournament by facing off against No. 4 seed Johnson County Community College at noon Saturday.

If KCKCC wins, a match against the winner of No. 1 Highland – No. 8 Hesston will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. If KCKCC loses to the Cavaliers, the Blue Devils would play the loser of that same match Saturday at 2 p.m.

Tournament matches:

May 14 – Game 1, 10 a.m. – (1) Highland (39-7) vs (20-28) (8) Hesston
May 14 – Game 2, noon – (5) Kansas City Kansas Community College (40-14) vs (28-16) (4) Johnson County Community College
May 14 – Game 3, 2 p.m. – Highland-Hesston loser vs KCK-Johnson loser
May 14 – Game 4, 4 p.m. – Highland-Hesston winner vs KCK-Johnson winner
May 15 – Game 5, 10 a.m. – Game 3 winner vs Game 4 loser
May 15 – Game 6, noon – Game 4 winner vs Game 5 winner (District B championship)
May 15 – Game 7, 2 p.m. – Game 6 (If needed)

Fans can follow the tournament by watching the action at https://kjccc.org/sports-network.