Back-to-back grand slams for Woodcreek grad Gately lately
Hayley Gately never hit a home run in a varsity game at Woodcreek High School. She had a stellar senior season in 2011, to be sure, with a .348 batting average.
The sophomore at Hesston College in Kansas had a career day April 5 when she went 4 for 6 with three home runs and nine RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Coffeyville (Kan.). That included two grand slams in back-to-back innings.
“Definitely have never seen what Hayley did,” coach Andrew Sharp wrote in an e-mail. “It was quite a feat.”
Gately leads the Larks (11-8) in several offensive categories and, with a 7-2 record, is part of a 1-2 pitching punch for Hesston, which plays in Region VI of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
One of six Larks players to start all 19 games this season, she has a .462 batting average and has all six home runs for Hesston. She leads the team in total bases (47), RBI (22), runs (18), doubles (5), sacrifice flies (4), slugging percentage (.904) and on-base percentage (.475). Gately is even 5 for 5 in stolen-base attempts.
Sharp noted that Gately was recruited as a position player but took on pitching when Hesston lost a recruit just before school started.
“Hayley has been an invaluable part of our program/campus,” Sharp wrote, adding that “Hay” is a team captain, a resident advisor in the dorms and a campus ambassador. “Just an awesome kid ... great attitude, a very caring and supportive teammate. Great competitor!”
Last season, Gately led Hesston in batting average (.391), slugging (.677) and on-base percentage (.441), runs (45), hits (63), doubles (18), triples (eight), home runs (four) and RBI (47).
From Hesston to Stephens — Emily Wagner-Davis, a teammate with Gately last season, is now tearing it up at Stephens College, an NAIA school in Columbia, Mo.
The 2010 Roseville graduate is second on the team among regulars in batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.508) and on-base percentage (.397). She leads Stephens in runs (17) and has hit two homers.
Wagner-Davis graduated from Hesston with an associate in arts degree in business and is studying fashion marketing and management at Stephens, where she’s received High Honors on the Dean’s List, Sigma Beta Delta honors for business students and academic honors for fashion students.
Make it three aces — Tim Kincheloe was featured in the Press Tribune in July 2011 for the rare feat of making two holes in one in the same round of 18, and he did it four holes apart.
Kincheloe added another to his pocket aces when he used a pitching wedge to score a hole in one on the 133-yard 17th hole at Woodcreek Golf Club on March 24.
Kincheloe aced Woodcreek’s par-4 11th hole and the par-3 14th in July 2011. This time, he parred No. 11 and bogeyed No. 14 before his latest ace on No. 17.