Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

2-1A Softball: Chase County Softball Extends Winning Streak to 90, Advances to Semifinals

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

2-1A Softball: Chase County Softball Extends Winning Streak to 90, Advances to Semifinals

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PRATT -- Chase County softball coach Brian Potter did not witness the usual offensive firepower at the plate that his Bulldogs have been known for over the last four years.

Still, the longest winning streak in state history was never in jeopardy on Thursday in the first round of the Class 2-1A state tournament.

Chase County took advantage of four Colgan errors and kept the pressure on, posting a dominant 9-0 win to extend its state-record winning streak to 90 and advance to the semifinals at Green Sports Complex.

The three-time defending state champions managed just seven hits but still found a way to score at least one run in every inning but the second.

"We left a lot of runners on base (10), and that's not typical for us," Potter said. "When you do that, it makes it a little eerie. You've got to find ways to drive those base runners in."

However, the Bulldogs still created havoc on the base paths, getting tons of baserunners as Colgan's Faith VanBecelaere battled control issues in the circle.

"We took advantage of some stuff we saw in pregame," Potter said. "The pitcher had a few control problems, and the (umpire) tightened the strike zone up a little bit on both pitchers; he was consistent. We kind of coached to what we were seeing and that enabled us to manufacture some runs. It was a little unconventional from the way we normally do."

Colgan committed two errors in the first inning to help spot Chase County an early run. The Bulldogs (24-0) started to pull away with a three-run third inning, sparked by Megan Jirak's run-scoring triple. Jirak scored on a wild pitch before another Colgan error brought in another run.

"It was a good first game, especially to get out the nerves of being at state," Jirak said.

Brianna Potter tossed a complete game for Chase County, striking out eight while giving up six hits.

The Bulldogs will face McLouth at 10 a.m. Friday for a spot in the championship game.

"I'm super excited for the kids," Potter said. …

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