March 8, 2013
Hendricks goes deep twice in double-header
BEATRICE, Neb. – The Northwest Missouri State softball team didn’t miss a beat with the bats after not playing last weekend due to weather as they defeated Doane College 9-3 in game one and 11-4 in game two.
After both teams went scoreless in the first inning Northwest unloaded with an offensive outburst in the top of the second. Rachel Schmitz hit a sac fly to knock in Maddie Jones for the first run of the game. Candace Miller added another RBI on a fielder’s choice. It was 2-0 when Hailee Hendricks stepped up and belted a grand slam over the right field fence to put the Bearcats up 6-0.
The Tigers were able to plate two runs across in the bottom of the third inning before Northwest added on to their lead in the fourth.
Stephanie Price grabbed three RBIs with a triple to right center field scoring Kailee Sherer, Jordan Ereth and Miller.
Nine runs were more than enough for Jenna Creger to pick up her fifth win of the season moving her record to 5-1. Creger went the distance for the complete game giving up four hits, one earned run and totaling six strike outs in the 9-3 victory.
Abbie Vitosh was in the circle for the Bearcats in game two and was able to grab her second victory on the season. Vitosh went all seven innings and posted five strikeouts while giving up four earned runs to move to 3-2 on the season.
Northwest scattered 13 hits over seven innings but went into the fourth inning trailing 2-1. Sherer scored on a throwing error and was followed by Schmitz who scored on a passed ball. Hendricks was able to knock in Jordan Ereth on a fielder’s choice to put Northwest up 4-2.
The Bearcats added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth inning to go up 7-3 heading into the seventh inning. With Ereth on third and Miller on first Hailee Hendricks stepped up and belted her second home run in as many games essentially putting the game out of reach.
Northwest took down the Tigers 11-4 in game two moving their season record to 10-4. The Bearcats will be back on the road Tuesday as they will take on Rockhurst in Kansas City for a double-header scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Head Coach Ryan Anderson’s team will host Southwest Baptist Friday for a double-header at Bearcat Field.
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