Wayne State Softball Splits NTC Spring Games For Third Consecutive Time

Wayne State Softball Splits NTC Spring Games For Third Consecutive Time
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

CLERMONT, FL – Following a day of rest after playing four games in two days, the Wayne State College Wildcat softball team was back in action Wednesday morning for a pair of games.

From Legends Way Field in Clermont, Florida WSC took on the Stonehill (MA) Skyhawks and Lewis University (Ill) Flyers during the National Training Center Spring Games.

In the first game of the day, fifth of the trip, the Wildcats were the first to get on the board with a run in the second inning before Stonehill answered with a pair of runs in the third to lead 2-1. After a pair of scoreless innings, Wayne State College brought in two more runs in the sixth to win 3-2 as Stonehill fell to then 0-3.

Game five:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3  6 2 – WSC

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2  7 3 – Stonehill

Four extra-base hits were tallied as a team for WSC as junior Abbie Hix paced Wayne State College at the plate with a pair of hits, one being a double and two RBI. Junior Taylor Menard doubled and drove in a run while junior Alyx Hagen and freshman Annie Grammer also recorded a double.

Freshman Maddie Moser picked up the complete game win (2-2) in seven innings allowing two earned runs off of seven hits while striking out six batters and walking another three.

Moving into the late morning game with Lewis (Ill), the Flyers poured in six runs during the first inning while adding a pair of runs in the second to lead 8-0. But, WSC countered with a six-run second inning and one run in the third to trail, 8-7. Lewis extended their lead with a run in each of the fourth and sixth innings while WSC countered with a two-run sixth inning to pull within a run, 10-9. In the seventh, the ‘Cats scored a run to force extra innings. After both teams scored a run in the eighth, Lewis posted a three-run ninth inning to win 14-11 and improve to 9-6 while WSC fell to 4-7.

Game six:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R   H E

6 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 14 17 1 – Lewis

0 6 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 11 13 4 – WSC

Senior Katelyn Wobken posted a four-hit game, all singles to lead WSC at the plate. Senior Rachel Shumaker picked up a double, triple and one RBI while Hagen recorded a pair of singles. Junior Emily Chandler homered accounting for three RBI while senior Jordyn Breitbarth recorded a solo home run. Junior Baylee Rial doubled and drove in a run as Hix doubled.

Junior Riley Vanderveen suffered the loss (1-3) in five and a third innings allowing 10 runs (seven earned) off of 11 hits while striking out and walking three batters each. Sophomore Allison Niemeier worked three and two thirds allowing four earned runs off of six hits while striking out two batters and walking one.

The Wayne State College softball team will close out their National Training Center Spring Games on Thursday, March 8. WSC will face Mercyhurst (PA) at 8 a.m. followed by Findlay (OH) at 10:30 a.m.