Wildcat Softball Opens Spring Trip With Win Against Ranked Opponent, Drop 13-8 Contest Right After

LEESBURG, FL – The Wayne State College softball team began their National Training Camp Spring trip over the weekend with a pair of Sunday morning games.

From Sleepy Hollow Field in Leesburg, Florida the ‘Cats first faced #6 West Virginia Wesleyan before taking on Ashland (Ohio).

In the opening game against a ranked opponent, West Virginia Wesleyan scored a run in each of the second and seventh innings. The Wayne State softball team opened a four-run sixth inning to hold on for the 4-2 win.

Game one:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 7 4 – WSC

0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 3 – WVW

Freshman Annie Grammer led WSC at the plate with a pair of singles while freshman Ashley Hernandez drove in a pair of runs with a single. Senior Rachel Shumaker added a single and RBI.

Junior Riley Vanderveen picked up the complete game win (1-1) in seven innings of work allowing two earned runs off of seven hits while walking one batter.

During the second morning game on the east coast, WSC took control early with a run in the first inning and four more runs in the second. Ashland then poured in three runs during the third inning, two in the fourth and seven more in the fifth to lead 12-5. The Wildcats added three runs in the sixth but gave up another run in the seventh as Ashland won 13-8 and improved to 4-2. Wayne State College fell to 2-5.

Game two:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R   H E

0 0 3 2 7 0 1 13 12 3 – AU

1 4 0 0 0 3 0  8   8  5 – WSC

This time senior Jordyn Breitbarth led WSC at the plate with three hits, being a single, double and homerun to go along with three RBI’s. Junior Emily Chandler recorded a home run and three RBI’s, Hernandez doubled as Shumaker tacked on a pair of singles and RBI.

Junior Alyx Hagen suffered the loss (1-2) in an inning of work allowing seven runs (one earned) off of five hits while walking two batters. Freshman Maddie Moser worked four innings allowing five runs (three earned) off of six hits while walking and striking out one batter each while sophomore Allison Niemeier pitched two innings allowing an earned run off of one hit while walking and striking out on batter.

The Wayne State College softball team will next be in action on Monday, March 5. WSC will face Southern Indiana at 1 p.m. and Notre Dame College (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. in Clermont, Florida a part of the National Training Center Spring Games.