Softball splits double with NWMSU Bearcats

Noelle Ott

With the season for the Lion’s softball team dwindling down, the postseason will just be beginning.

On April 22, Missouri Southern split a double header with Missouri Western State University.

Ashton Turner, freshman third baseman, began Southern’s hits when she doubled in the first inning of the first game.

However, Turner wasn’t able to score and the Lions would not hit another ball until the third inning came around.

The Lady Griffons hit half of their total runs in the second inning when one of their players homered which led to two runs for MWSU. Southern scored both of their runs in the sixth inning after the Lady Griffons had scored two more.

The score board started to light up for Southern when Jamie Blalock, freshman second baseman, homered, sending herself and Mary Barrow, senior catcher, to the home plate. These would be the only runs the Lions would score.

The second game went better for Southern after they made a comeback in the seventh inning to win the game.

The first inning started out in MWSU’s favor, but after the second inning, the Lions would hold the lead until the sixth inning.

In the second inning, Shari Gates, sophomore right fielder, homered that sent her and Lucy Galloway, designated pitcher, home, scoring two runs for the inning. In the sixth inning, the Lady Griffons attempted a comeback when they scored four runs. However, the Lions answered back when they scored three runs and Blalock made a second homer for the team. Alese Woolard, senior pitcher, also homered.

“We had two homeruns back-to-back,” said Jennifer Jimerson, head softball coach. “I was really proud of the girls.”

Southern played next on April 23 against Northwest Missouri State University in a double header.

The first game started at noon and had an attendance of 80 people. Neither team scored until the fifth inning when a NWMSU player scored. Southern wasn’t able to score for the first game. The game ended with a score in NWMSU’s favor of 1-0.

The second game also had an unfavorable ending for Southern.

The Lions were not be able to score for the second game either.

“If we got [our players] on [the base], we couldn’t get key moves,” Jimerson said. “Things definitely didn’t fall our way. It was a disappointing way to end the weekend.”

The game ended with a score of 2-0.

Southern’s final standing for the MIAA conference is 8-10 with an over-all total of 23-30.

They are clinched in for the MIAA Postseason Tournament that will begin on May 6.

The Lions will have two seniors graduate this year, Woolard and Barrow.

“[Woolard] has a good chance to be ranked in career for hits, runs, homeruns, doubles and triples,” Jimerson said.

Jimerson also said Woolard is currently ranked in the top 10 in the conference in eight different offensive categories.

“[Barrow] has been one of our leaders,” Jimerson said. “She’s had a solid year.”