Viking Softball Splits at Baker

Posted April 22, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 22, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College softball team traveled to Baker (Kan.) University for a Heart doubleheader Saturday in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Baldwin City, Kan. The Vikings fell in game one 6-0, but scored late to split the doubleheader with a 4-0 win in game two.

Game one featured both teams going into the second inning tied at 0-0, as Missouri Valley worked to keep the game scoreless leaving two players on base in the first inning, helped by Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee (Sardis City, Ala.). In the top of the second inning, the Vikings had their first single by Junior Rightfielder Kaila DeWitt (San Diego, Calif.), but she was unable to reach home. The game was tied at 0-0 going into the third. The Wildcats, in the bottom of the third, used a double and two singles to hold a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth inning, Junior Third Baseman Autumn Hughes (Savannah, Mo.) hit a single to shallow left-center. Then, helped by a double from Freshman Leftfielder Madison Finley (Papillion, Neb.), Hughes moved to third. Finley stayed at second. However, the Vikings were not able to tie the game as the two runners were left on base. In the bottom of the fourth, Baker hit a double and then loaded the bases. The Wildcats hit two singles and managed to make two runs to hold a 3-0 lead. Baker later used a single and a double to enlarge their lead to 6-0. In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats hit a single, but the runner was left stranded to end the inning. Freshman Pitcher Shelby Conklin (Sonora, Calif.) ended the sixth inning with a strikeout. Baker did not add to their lead, and the Vikings were unable to put anyone on base in the seventh, and fell, 6-0.

Missouri Valley produced three hits in the game, coming Hughes, DeWitt and Finley. Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee (Sardis City, Ala.) pitched 3.1 innings, giving up seven hits. Conklin pitched 2.2 innings, giving up two hits with one strikeout.

Game two opened with Junior Infielder Sara Schaefer (Anaconda, Mont.) reaching first on a walk in the top of the first inning. Then, Schaefer advanced to second, helped by a single from Senior Second Baseman Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawaii). However, the Vikings were unable to bring a run home, and stranded the two runners. Sophomore Pitcher Mackenzie Hombs (Huntsville, Mo.) started the bottom of the first with an strikeout. The Wildcats hit a triple, but the runner was left on base. In the top of the second inning, Freshman Designated Player Sara Jones (Palmdale, Calif.) singled to deep right-center and stayed at first. Junior Centerfielder Jessica Townsend (Dekalb, Ill.) then singled to left-center, and Jones advanced to third. Townsend later reached second helped by a sacrifice bunt from Senior Shortstop Courtney Carl (Burlington, Iowa). However, the Vikings were unable to bring a run home. The Wildcats put a runner on second, but Missouri Valley worked to keep the game scoreless. The Vikings tried to add a run in the top of the third, as Naiwi singled, and then advanced to second helped by a hit from DeWitt. But both Vikings were left on base. The Wildcats in the bottom of third managed to put two runners on base. However, they were unable to score a run. Sophomore Catcher Kelly James (San Carlos, Calif.) singled to shallow left-center starting the fourth inning. Freshman Anya Muyers (Tampa, Fla.) came into play for James. Townsend hit a sacrifice bunt and Muyers advanced to second. Carl then hit a single to short, but both runners were left on base. Hombs started the bottom of the fourth with a strikeout and the Wildcats were unable to make a hit. DeWitt singled to left in the top of the fifth and then advanced to second. Jones hit a single and DeWitt advanced to third, but the Vikings were unable to break the scoreless tie. In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats hit a single, but both teams went into the sixth tied at 0-0. MVC came back with some production in the top of the sixth. Townsend reached first on a Baker’s wild throw. Then, Carl hit a sacrifice bunt and Townsend advanced to second. Junior Sabrina George (Tracy, Calif.) singled to left and the Vikings scored the first run of game two, with Townsend reaching home. George then advanced to third. Naiwi hit a home run and the Vikings held a 3-0 lead. DeWitt later singled to left, and advanced to second helped by Finley, who reached first on a walk. The Vikings loaded the bases after a single by Jones. DeWitt later scored to close the sixth inning and give MVC a 4-0 advantage. In the bottom of the sixth, Baker put a runner at first on a walk and then a Wildcat single. However, both runners were left on base. Missouri Valley was unable to add to its lead in the seventh inning, leaving one Townsend stranded after hitting a single. The Wildcats put two runners on base in bottom of the seventh, but both were left stranded. The Vikings preserved the 4-0 win.

Naiwi led the Vikings with a home run and three hits. Jones also added three hits. DeWitt and Townsend finished with two hits and a run. George finished with a hit and a run. Hombs pitched the complete game, giving up five hits, with two strikeouts.

The split moves Missouri Valley to 26-20 overall and 16-16 in the Heart. Baker is now 23-20 on the season and 16-14 in conference play.

Up next, the Viking softball team goes to MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University for a Heart doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m., in Olathe, Kan.

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 visitwww.moval.edu.

 



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