Wildcat Softball Performs Road Sweep In Season Finale Weekend

Wildcat Softball Performs Road Sweep In Season Finale Weekend
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics. (left to right). Emily Chandler and Riley Vanderveen.

CROOKSTON, MN – The Wayne State College softball team closed out their final series of the 2019 season Saturday.

From the UMC Softball Field in Crookston, Minnesota, WSC visited Minnesota Crookston.

In the opening game, WSC trailed 5-1 entering the top of the seventh and then produced seven runs on six hits and three Golden Eagle errors to storm back for the improbable 8-5 victory.

Raquell Penke started the rally with a two-run single that scored Kamryn Sparks and Taylor Menard.  Kortney Buresh and Kim Vidlak each added run-scoring singles in the inning.  The final runs to cap the rally scored when Emily Chandler reached on an error to bring home Vidlak and Buresh.

WSC had 16 hits in the win – all singles, paced by Abbie Hix going 3 for 4.  Penke ended 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Vidlak, Chandler, Menard, Sparks and Morgan Vasa each had two singles for WSC.

Sophomore Maddie Moser pitched a complete game win for the Wildcats, fanning six batters while allowing just six hits and six runs (one earned).

Game One box score (not available)

From the second contest, WSC brought in two runs during the first and another two in the sixth to lead 4-0. Minnesota Crookston’s come back fell short with a three-run sixth as Wayne State held on for the 4-3 win. With the sweep, the ‘Cats improved to 15-32 (6-24 NSIC) while UMC fell to 13-42 (2-28 NSIC).

Both Emily Chandler and Kamryn Sparks produced two-run homers for WSC. Chandler is now the all-time RBI leader.  Taylor Menard singled twice as Morgan Vasa, Kim Vidlak, Raquell Penke and Michaela Smith all singled.

Riley Vanderveen (4-6) picked up the win in five innings allowing three earned runs off five hits while walking two batters, striking out two batters and hitting another. Maddie Moser picked up the save in two innings allowing one hit while walking two batters and striking out one.

Game Two:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 8 1 – WSC

0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 6 3 – UMC

The games marked the final contests for six Wildcat seniors – Emily ChandlerAbbie HixTaylor MenardBaylee RialMorgan Vasa and Riley Vanderveen.