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Hayden responds after injury to standout pitcher Droge with dramatic doubleheader sweep over 6A foe Manhattan

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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Hayden's softball team suffered a big blow in Monday's doubleheader sweep over Junction City when standout sophomore pitcher Alyssa Droge suffered a potentially-serious knee injury in the first game.

But the Wildcats responded with a couple of big blows of their own in Tuesday's home twinbill against Class 6A opponent Manhattan, rallying from behind in both games to stretch their winning streak to 10 games with a 6-5, 8-7 sweep over the Indians, taking an eight-inning victory in the nightcap.

"When Alyssa got hurt in the first game yesterday, it took the wind out of all of us,'' Hayden coach Carvel Reynoldson said. "Today I felt like we had energy warming up, but when we were playing from behind we needed some sort of spark and we got it with some really good at-bats.''

E0Br7wgWEAcJYmpHayden begins its celebration as sophomore Maylee Burris (30) scores the winning run in the Wildcats' 8-7 eight-inning victory over Manhattan Tuesday at Hayden. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

E0BshURXEAgRtqhHayden celebrates its 8-7 eight-inning, second-game win over Manhattan Tuesday at Hayden. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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Hayden soccer bounces back from rout to top Topeka High, 3-1

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

Hayden's girls soccer team suffered through a long day Monday and had a short turnaround from that 7-0 loss to Spring Hill to get ready to face Class 6A foe Topeka High on Tuesday at Hummer Sports Park.

The Wildcats got the bounce-back Centennial League win they were looking for, however, dominating the second half to take a 3-1 victory over the Trojans.

"We did take a beating yesterday and I think we played better and I think (the girls) took it to heart,'' Hayden coach Klaus Kreutzer said. "From a coaching standpoint it was good to see them doing things that we work on in practice.

"I think they had a lot more fun today and I think they're getting the idea.''

KateRoeder_2.jpgTopeka High's Avery Zimmerman (2) battles Hayden's Kate Roeder (15) for the ball in Tuesday's 3-1 Hayden win at Hummer Sports Park. Both players scored goals in the game. [Photo by Craig Strever/Special to TSN]

Hayden sophomores Sloane Sims (5) and Piper Wrench (14) celebrate the Wildcats' 3-1 soccer win over Topeka High Tuesday at Hummer Sports Park. Wrench scored midway through the second half to put Hayden ahead to stay. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN] Hayden sophomores Sloane Sims (5) and Piper Wrench (14) celebrate the Wildcats' 3-1 soccer win over Topeka High Tuesday at Hummer Sports Park. Wrench scored midway through the second half to put Hayden ahead to stay. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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