Hester moves toward milestone


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Abi Corbett is safe at 2nd base during Wednesday’s home game against Arkansas Tech.

Missouri Southern’s softball team was back in action last week for six matchups. The Lions (7-23, 2-6 MIAA) are coming off a 2-4 record at the Missouri Western State University Apple Market Classic. The Lions have won four of their last nine games following their 14-game losing streak.

In conference action the Lions fell to Washburn in five innings, 12-4. Sarah Williams was the lone highlight for the Lions as she hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.

The second game between the teams would prove to be different as the Lions put up five runs on five hits in the first four innings. All five runs came via the long ball as both Kathryn Goins-Osburn (two-run home run) and Lindsey Gorham (three-run home run) homered in the game. Lions won, 5-3.

On the day, Dru Coleman led the offensive attack, going 2-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored and a walk. Williams finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBIs and two walks.

Junior Ashley Lutz (5-8) got both decisions on the day, going the distance in game two. Lutz pitched a total of seven innings, allowing eight runs, all earned, on nine hits and six strikeouts.

On the day, Myranda Stewart led the offensive attack for the Lions, going 4-for-6 (.667) with a double, a home run, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Brooke Swadley finished the day four for seven (.571) with a double and a run scored. Swadley and Alana Hester both surpassed 100 hits in their careers as Lions. Hester is also tied for third all-time in Southern history in stolen bases with 55.

The Lions will be back in action today in a doubleheader against conference opponent Lincoln (Mo). at Lea Kungle Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.