Tigers end season with sweep of MMCYANKTON — The Mount Marty softball team found a spark on offense, but couldn’t find enough to come through on senior day against Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader Friday afternoon at Riverside Park.
By: Royal McGregory, Yankton Press & Dakotan
YANKTON — The Mount Marty softball team found a spark on offense, but couldn’t find enough to come through on senior day against Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader Friday afternoon at Riverside Park.
The Tigers won the first game 7-0 and completed the sweep with a 13-8 win in the nightcap.
Brittany Bruns took the mound for Mount Marty (12-25, 4-18). She threw six innings, allowing seven runs while striking out two.
Kelsey Timmons started for the Tigers (13-28, 8-16). She pitched seven innings allowing five hits and no runs, while striking out seven.
“We weren’t able to make it to the tournament this year, which we were disappointed about,” DWU head coach Marie McCarthy-Foster said. “I was happy that we were able to end on a good note for the players that are coming back next season.”
DWU started the scoring in the fourth with a two-run single by Roni Nekrassoff and an RBI double from Erika Cruz.
The Tigers scored another run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch and tacked on another run on an RBI single by Brandi Nekrassoff.
Nicole Haley drove in another run for the Tigers in sixth inning, and Lauren Lynds followed that with an RBI single to increase their lead to seven.
“We wanted to hit the ball hard,” McCarthy-Foster said. “Something that we have been trying to work on all year is to be consistent, we did that today and we didn’t just in spurts.”
Erica Loutsch started the second game for the Lancers. She only pitched one and a third innings before being replaced by Kassie Loe, who finished off the last five and two-third innings.
Roni Nekrassoff got the start for the Tigers. She only made it through two-thirds of an inning before being replaced by Timmons, who threw 1.1 innings. Brandi Nekrassoff finished off the final three innings.
DWU took an early lead in the first inning with an RBI sacrifice fly by Brandi Nekrassoff.
Mount Marty found itself in the lead going into the second inning thanks to a five-run first inning.
The Lancers’ pitching fell on some tough times, allowing eight runs in the second inning. The two big hits were Brandi Nekrassoff’s three-run double and, a couple batters later, a three-run homer by Jess Foster.
DWU scored two more runs in the third on an RBI double by Brandi Nekrassoff and an RBI single by Timmons.
The Tigers added to their lead in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Andrea Johnson.
Mount Marty put up two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single and a double steal.
In the sixth inning, Haley scored on a wild pitch to give DWU a five-run lead, 13-7.