The Rock Creek softball team suffered an early exit in its first-ever Class 4A state tournament Thursday evening in Salina.
De Soto took out the Mustangs 6-2.
It was the first loss for Rock Creek (17-4) since April and according to head coach Jeri Brummet, a tough pill to swallow.
“It was a sulky way to end the season,” she said. “But, the better team won today. De Soto has a great team and was under-seeded.
“Their pitcher tied our hands.”
The Mustangs went into the contest as the No. 5 seed and De Soto (17-3) was designated to the No. 4 slot.
Rock Creek was led by senior Codi Ebert, who was 2 for 3 with a double, and leadoff hitter Megan Srna drew a walk and scored the game’s first run off a squeeze bunt by Winter Henry.
Although the Mustangs got the edge early, the pitching of De Soto tested Rock Creek as the game wore on and the De Soto bats got going late as well.
De Soto came alive offensively in the bottom of the third with a three-run explosion, but Rock Creek answered in the top of the fifth and made it just a one-run deficit. However, De Soto’s bats got hot again and posted another three-spot, which put Rock Creek well into the rear-view mirror.
Blair Campbell, a sophomore, pitched for the Mustangs and Kelsey Quinn, a junior, was the catcher.
“This team accomplished things no other Rock Creek (softball) team had done before,” Brummet said. “Tonight they set the record for the most hits in a season in Rock Creek history and they were the first team to make it to state 4A.
“They really came together and those records can’t be taken away. There is no reason for any of them to hang their heads.”