The Missouri Western softball team had a pair of double headers on Friday against Newman University and on Sunday against No. 18 Central Oklahoma.
On Friday, April 9, The Griffons battled Newman and won both games sweeping the Jets. In game one freshman Sydney Rader threw a five-hit complete game shutout, striking out four batters in route. The Griffons first run came in the second inning when freshman Sierra Culver hit a single in the first inning driving in Taylor Hoelscher. Then in the fifth Taylor Hoelscher returned the favor by hitting a single herself driving in Emma Hoffart.
In game 2 against the Jets, senior Kaili Hinds had her best game of the season so far. Pitching five innings without allowing a hit with three strikeouts with only 55 pitches needed to dismantle the Jets. On the offensive side of the field,the Griffons shared the load throughout with five Griffons tallying hits and scoring respectively in the fourth and fifth inning. sophomore Rian Gere led the team with RBIs that included a three run homerun to put the game to rest.
Then On Sunday, April 11 the Griffons took on No. 18 Central Oklahoma in a double header.
In game one against the Broncos, freshman Sydney Radar had another brilliant performance on the season. Throwing a complete game while only allowing a single run, three hits while striking out four,moving Radar’s record to 9-4 and having her third win against a nationally ranked team. The offense got on board early when senior Emma Hoffart drove in junior Sydni Hawkins on a sacrifice fly to the outfield. The offense picked up again in the bottom of the sixth when back-to-back RBI doubles by Hoffart and junior Brea Blanton cracked the game open 3-0. The Broncos rallied hits off of Radar to score one but Radar remained focused after a mound visit from head coach Jen Bagley Trotter it gave Rader more focus to shut the door on the Broncos.
When asked about what Trotter said Rader kept it simple
“Just telling me that I can still do it and attack still, even though they’re putting on hits but to remain ahead of the count," Radar said
Trotter also had warm words for her young pitchers success so far in her first season.
“As a freshman she’s had an fantastic year so far exceeding our expectations and handling the pressure really well, we’re proud of her. She’s hitting her spots and her changeup has been a big difference in that game,” Trotter said
While in game two the Griffons were only able to put one hit on the board thanks to sophomore Chloe Armstrong.
Kaili Hinds threw another complete game but allowed four runs on seven hits, while striking out three. This loss drops her to 9-3 this season.
When asked about game twos loss, Trotter was honest about her team struggles.
“We had a couple miscues and fell behind early in the count to some great hitters and they made us pay. They’re a great team and we needed to do a better job competing with them,” Trotter said.
Despite the loss Trotter was still enthusiastic about her teams chemistry
“This team gels together. When we hit well, we pitch well, and when we pitch well, we hit better.”
Missouri Western will face Northwest Missouri State , on Wednesday in a double header with the first game at 4 p.m. with the following game at 6 p.m.