Viking Softball Falls at Home to AvilaPosted March 18, 2017
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Marshall, Mo. (March 18, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College softball team hosted Avila (Mo.) University Saturday afternoon Indian Foothills Park’s Lyon Bowl in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Vikings took an early lead, but fell late in game one, 5-2, and lost the second game by an 8-3 score
After Freshman Pitcher Dana Flanagan (Canton, Mo.) took down the Eagles in order in the first, the Vikings then took a lead in the bottom half of the inning. Senior Shortstop Courtney Carl (Burlington, Iowa) led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single from Junior First Baseman Mackenzie Bilger (Boise, Idaho). Carl scored on an Avila error, putting MVC up 1-0. Flanagan worked through the Avila line-up in order in the second, getting one strikeout in the inning. Junior Rightfielder Kaila DeWitt (San Diego, Calif.) started the MVC at-bat in the bottom of the second with a single, but she was left stranded. Avila put together a rally in the fourth, using three hits and one MVC error to score four runs, and move in front, 4-1. Missouri Valley got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth, getting a lead-off single from Sophomore Catcher Kelly James (San Carlos, Calif.). Later in the inning, Bilger doubled to score James, and the Viking deficit shrunk to 4-2. Avila responded in the top of the sixth, and opened the inning with a double and a run-scoring single to stretch its lead to 5-2. Freshman Madison Finley (Papillion, Neb.) opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, but she was left stranded to end the inning as the Vikings fell, 5-2.
Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Bilger who finished with two hits and one RBI. DeWitt also had two hits, while James finished with one hit and one run scored. Flanagan pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and one earned run with five strikeouts.
Game two opened with Freshman Pitcher Shelby Conklin (Sonora, Calif.) using one strikeout to put Avila down in order in the top of the first inning. The Eagles broke through in the second, using four hits and one error to score four runs, and hold a 4-0 lead. Avila added another three runs in the top of the third inning to extend its advantage out to 7-0. Missouri Valley got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth as DeWitt doubled to score Junior Third Baseman Autumn Hughes (Savannah, Mo.), and the MVC deficit shrank down to 7-1. Avila answered back in the fifth inning, adding one run to its total, and moving its lead to 8-1. The Vikings got singles from James and Carl in the bottom of the fifth, but both were left stranded. The Eagles looked to add more runs to their total, getting a lead-off triple, before eventually loading the bases with one out. Sophomore Pitcher Mackenzie Hombs (Huntsville, Mo.) got out of the jam without surrendering a run, and forcing Avila to leave three runners stranded to end the inning. Missouri Valley came back with a rally in the bottom of the sixth, as Hughes and Senior Second Baseman Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawaii) led the inning off with back-to-back singles. DeWitt brought both home with a double, to knock MVC’s deficit down to 8-3. Missouri Valley eventually loaded the bases, but Carl hit a line-drive right at the pitcher, which was caught for the inning’s third out. The Vikings got singles from Bilger and Naiwi in the bottom of the seventh, but could not overcome the deficit, falling to Avila, 8-3.
DeWitt led the team with three hits and three runs driven in. Bilger had two hits, while Hughes had one hit and two runs scored. Naiwi added two hits and a run scored. In all, the Vikings finished with 11 hits and one walk. Conklin picked up the loss, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up five hits and four earned runs. Hombs pitched through the rest of the game, giving up five hits and two earned runs with on strikeout.
The losses drop Missouri Valley to 4-8 on the season and 0-4 in the Heart. Avila improves to 14-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
Up next, the softball team hosts Baker (Kan.) University in a doubleheader Monday, beginning at 1 p.m.
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.