Viking Softball Sweeps Culver-Stockton at Home

Posted April 15, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 15, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College softball team hosted Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College in a doubleheader Saturday at Indian Foothills Park on Senior Day.  The Vikings got complete-game performances from Freshman Pitcher Dana Flanagan (Canton, Mo.) and Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee (Sardis City, Ala.) in a pair of 2-1 victories.

 

Game one featured Freshman Pitcher Dana Flanagan (Canton, Mo.) working around a lead-off single, helped by Sophomore Catcher Kelly James (San Carlos, Calif.) throwing out a runner trying to steal second.  Missouri Valley opened its first at-bat with a walk from Junior First Baseman Mackenzie Bilger (Boise, Idaho) and Senior Second Baseman Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawaii) hitting a single up the middle.  However, the Vikings stranded two runners on base, keeping the game scoreless.  Flanagan issued two walks to open the second inning, but left those runners on base with three-straight outs.  Culver-Stockton came through with a run in the third, helped by a lead-off triple.  A sac-fly scored the opening run, and put CSC in front, 1-0.  Missouri Valley tried to counter in the bottom half of the inning, as Bilger walked and Junior Third Baseman Autumn Hughes (Savannah, Mo.) was hit, but neither could reach home.  Flanagan took down the Wildcats in order in the fourth, striking out two batters.  The Vikings answered in the bottom of the fourth, helped by three Culver-Stockton errors.  Junior Centerfielder Jessica Townsend (Dekalb, Ill.) singled to score Junior Jessica Jarvis (Littleton, Colo.), and MVC tied the contest at 1-1.  Missouri Valley eventually loaded the bases, but could not bring home another run in the inning.  After CSC was kept scoreless in the fifth, the Viking put together another rally.  Townsend again drove in another run, this time with a two-out single to score Junior Rightfielder Kaila DeWitt (San Diego, Calif.).  The Vikings eventually loaded the bases, but again left the runners stranded, and went into the sixth with a 2-1 lead.  Culver-Stockton threatened in the top half of the sixth, putting the tying run in scoring position with a lead-off double.  Flanagan got out of the inning by taking the next three Wildcat batters down.  Missouri Valley could not increase its lead in the bottom of the sixth, sending the game into the seventh with MVC holding a one-run lead.  Culver-Stockton extended its inning with a two-out single, but Flanagan finished off the game with a lineout to Senior Shortstop Courtney Carl (Burlington, Iowa) to secure the 2-1 victory.

 

Townsend finished with two hits and two RBI’s to lead the team.  DeWitt added two hits and one run scored.  Flanagan pitched the complete-game, giving up five hits and the one earned run, with three strikeouts.

 

Missouri Valley took an early lead in game two, as a double from DeWitt in the bottom of the first inning scored Hughes to give MVC a 1-0 lead.  Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee (Sardis City, Ala.) took down Culver-Stockton in order in the second, and the Vikings followed by extending their lead in the bottom half of the inning.  Townsend hit a one-out single and moved to third after CSC committed an error on a Carl bunt.  Another error, this time on a Hughes grounder, allowed Townsend to score, and Missouri Valley put its lead at 2-0.  Culver-Stockton threatened in the third, putting two runners on, including a one-out double, but Chamblee got out of the jam with a pop out in foul territory.  The Vikings benefited from two errors in the bottom half of the inning, putting two runners on base, but could not bring any runs home.  The Wildcats again threatened in the fourth, loading the bases with two outs, but Chamblee finished the inning with another pop out in foul territory.  Missouri Valley loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, on singles from Bilger and Naiwi, along with a Hughes walk.  However, Culver-Stockton worked a double play to end the inning without surrendering a run.  The top of the fifth featured CSC coming through with a run, using a two-out double to cut the MVC advantage to 2-1.  However, the Wildcats were unable to do additional damage, and Chamblee finished the game by taking down seven-straight Culver-Stockton batters.  The Vikings did not add to their lead in the sixth, but held on for a 2-1 win, sweeping the doubleheader.

 

Hughes finished the game with a run scored and one RBI, while Townsend had one hit and a run scored.  Chamblee pitched the complete-game, giving up four hits and one run, with one strikeout.

 

The pair of wins move Missouri Valley to 20-18 overall and 10-14 in Heart play.  Culver-Stockton falls to 17-19 on the season and 10-15 in the conference.

 

Next up for the Viking softball team is a home doubleheader with MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University, Monday at 1 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park-Lyon Bowl.

 

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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