Senior Savannah Burris gets a base hit for the Dragons, who went on to clinch both games of their Wray doubleheader Oct. 6. — Johnson Publications

Softball sweeps homecoming games, ends 6-year postseason drought

    Holyoke dominated its doubleheader against Wray last Saturday, Oct. 6, pulling down 13-6 and 16-1 victories, and advancing to postseason competition for the first time since 2012.
    Holyoke will play its first postseason game in the Region 6 tourney against Brush in Rocky Ford on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. The winner will advance to the state tournament, along with Rocky Ford. The loser will end its 2018 season.
    The Dragons picked up steam as the morning progressed last Saturday, reversing a Wray lead in the first game and plowing ahead in the second, which was called after four innings.
    “The first game started a little shaky, and I think that was just nervousness about what was at stake,” coach Sherman Kage said. “But we played great softball all around.”
    
Holyoke 13, Wray 6
    Despite a slow start, Holyoke pressured Wray into giving up its first-inning lead with a combination of aggressive fielding and baserunning.
    Wray came out of the dugout swinging. Two hits and a walk earned the team three runs in the first inning. Holyoke could not muster a response until the bottom of the following inning, when Savannah Burris batted in a run for Shianne Willmon.

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