Viking Softball Sweeps Central Methodist at Home

Posted April 19, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College softball team hosted Central Methodist (Mo.) University in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Indian Foothills Park.  The Vikings used two big innings to take the first game, 8-3, then scored all their runs in the first inning to take game two, 5-0, and sweep the doubleheader.

 

Game one opened with Sophomore Pitcher Mackenzie Hombs (Huntsville, Mo.) facing the minimum through the opening three innings, helped by Junior Third Baseman Autumn Hughes (Savannah, Mo.) turning a double play on a line drive.  The Vikings broke through in the bottom of the third, starting the inning with a Senior Shortstop Courtney Carl (Burlington, Iowa) walk.  Junior First Baseman Mackenzie Bilger (Boise, Idaho) followed with a bunt single, and Carl scored on a wild throw.  Hughes singled, and Senior Second Baseman Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawaii) brought home Bilger with a single.  Later in the inning, Freshman Leftfielder Madison Finley (Papillion, Neb.) scored Hughes with a single, and a wild pitch allowed Naiwi to score, giving MVC a 4-0 lead.  Hombs worked around a lead-off single and a walk in the fourth to keep CMU scoreless.  Missouri Valley threatened in the bottom half of the inning, but a double play ended the threat.  Central Methodist had some success in the fifth, bringing one run home on a bases loaded walk.  However, Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee (Sardis City, Ala.) ended the inning with a strikeout, stranding three Eagle baserunners.  The Vikings rallied in the bottom half of the inning, opening with a Junior Rightfielder Kaila DeWitt (San Diego, Calif.) walk.  Finley drove in a run with a double, then scored on an error later in the inning.  Bilger then came through with a two-out double that scored two runs, and Missouri Valley stretched its lead to 8-1.  Chamblee stranded two runners in the sixth, but CMU tried to mount a late rally in the seventh.  Central Methodist put its first two runners on base after a hit-by-pitch and a walk.  Two more base hits brought home another two runs, and the Eagles still had two runners on base.  Chamblee ended the threat with a grounder back to the pitcher’s mound, securing an 8-3 win for the Vikings.

 

Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Bilger, who finished with three hits, two runs scored and one RBI.  Finley had two hits, a run scored and two RBI’s, while Hughes added two hits and a run scored.  Hombs picked up the win, going 4.2 innings, giving up three hits and one earned run.

 

Central Methodist threatened in the top of the first in game two, using a base hit, walk and an error to eventually put two runners on base, but Freshman Pitcher Dana Flanagan (Canton, Mo.) got out of the jam with an inning ending strikeout.  Missouri Valley followed with a long bottom half of the inning, sending all nine batters to the plate.  Bilger, Hughes and Naiwi all walked to load the bases.  DeWitt cleared the bases with a hit to right field, and MVC held a 3-0 lead.  A wild pitch allowed DeWitt to score, and Finley drew the fourth walk of the inning.  Sophomore Catcher Kelly James (San Carlos, Calif.) saw 15 pitchers in her at-bat, and eventually drew a walk.  Finely reached third, and scored on a wild pitch, capping the inning for Missouri Valley, and giving the Vikings a 5-0 lead.  Flanagan worked around a lead-off single in the second inning to keep CMU scoreless, then Hughes ended the third inning for the Eagles with a line out that led to a double play.  Missouri Valley was kept scoreless in the third and fourth innings, and Flanagan worked around a single and walk in the fifth to keep the Vikings in front by FIVE runs.  The Vikings threatened in the fifth, getting a walk from Hughes, single from Naiwi and a walk from Freshman Designated Player Sara Jones (Palmdale, Calif.) to load the bases, but the runners were left stranded to end the inning.  Flanagan struck out the lead-off batter in the sixth to take CMU down in order, then worked around a two-on jam in the seventh to secure the victory, and the complete game shutout, in a 5-0 win.

 

Missouri Valley got just two hits in the game, coming from Naiwi and DeWitt.  DeWitt scored a run and drove in two more, while Naiwi scored a run.  The Vikings drew six walks in the game and took advantage of two CMU errors.

 

The pair of wins move Missouri Valley to 23-19 overall and 13-15 in the Heart.  Central Methodist falls to 21-19 on the season and 12-12 in conference play.  This is the first doubleheader sweep over CMU under Head Coach Daniel Allen.

 

Up next, the Viking softball team hosts Evangel (Mo.) University in a doubleheader Friday, starting at 2 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park. 

 

 

 

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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