On a blustery day with the wind blowing out toward the fences Circle High School put the bat on the ball a bit more than the Lady Crusaders of Wellington in a double header last Monday at Worden Park.
The Lady Thunderbirds amassed thirteen hits and belted two homeruns in the opener enroute to a 12-2 five inning run-rule win over Wellington before both teams ended the evening in a slug-fest and a 21-13 Circle win.
Butler County signee Londyn Bardin struck out six Lady Crusaders in the first game win for Circle.  She also accounted for one of Circle’s homers in the shortened contest.
After the Lady Thunderbirds had taken a 3-0 lead over Wellington and pitcher Brooke McCorkle, freshman Rylee Rusk launched a homerun in the third inning to put the Lady Dukes on the board.
After three more Circle runs in the fourth, Avery Rusk took a HBP and after advancing to second base, was brought home on a McKenna Jones single for the final Wellington run of the opener.
Annika DeJarnett took the mound for Wellington in the nightcap and Circle kept their motor running with three runs in the first inning. After Circle was held scoreless by DeJarnett in the second, Jenna Rausch doubled for Wellington in the bottom half and was brought home on a Rylee Rusk single. After Rusk stole second, Jacelyn Buck plated her on a seeing eye single down the third base line to put the score at 3-2.
The runs started to come in bunches from then on with Circle frosh Sydney Herbert crushing her first of two homeruns, contributing to four 3rd inning runs for the Lady T-Birds. Power hitting runs in the Herbert family, apparently, as senior Mia Herbert also homered in the first game of the double-header.
With Wellington looking at a 7-2 deficit in the home half of the third,  Avery Rusk walked, stole second, then watched as Delaney Parkey launched one over the fence to start a 9-run inning for the Lady Dukes. The lineup batted around with two walks and three singles intermixed with two Circle errors before Parkey again delivered two RBI with her second single of the inning to run the score to 11-7.
Circle answered with three in the fourth to pull within one run before Wellington extended the count to 13-10 with two more runs in the home half.
The fifth inning saw Circle’s Taylor Lambert hit a two-run dinger before Bardin tied the game with an RBI double. After holding the Lady Dukes scoreless in the bottom half the Lady T-Birds added two more runs in the sixth.
The flood gates opened in the Circle seventh, starting with Herbert’s second HR of the game. A double sandwiched between two outs, four singles, and yet another double, and Circle had erupted for six runs and an insurmountable lead of 21-13.
After the game, Wellington head coach T.D. Buck spent some picture time with his summer league players Bardin and Lambert as well as his own Jacelyn Buck and Brooke McCorkle.
It will be Senior Night for the ladies as they take on Rose Hill at Worden Park Thursday. The double-header begins at 4:30 pm.
First game
        Circle     3  0  3  3  3    12
Wellington     0  0  1  1  0      2
Second game
        Circle    3  0  4  3  3  2  6    21
Wellington    0  2  9 2  0  0  0     13