DWU softball goes 1-4 at Morningside tourneyDakota Wesleyan University’s softball team went 1-4 at the Morningside Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
By: Sports Staff, The Daily Republic
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Dakota Wesleyan University’s softball team went 1-4 at the Morningside Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Tigers went 1-2 on Saturday with an 8-0 loss to Jamestown College, 13-0 loss to Valley City State University and an 8-3 win over Mayville State University.
Sunday the team fell 8-0 to Jamestown and 7-2 to Dickinson State University.
“It’s not a big secret that as a team we need to start hitting the ball consistently,” head coach Ed Kieff said. “The game we won we hit the ball very well, it just seems to come and go very quickly for us.”
Kieff said that he wasn’t concerned about the wins and losses from the weekend. He saw the tournament as a chance to give the players more experience.
“The more you play, the easier the game comes to you,” Kieff said. “It’s important that we get some games under our belt.”
Kieff wanted all three of the team’s pitchers to get work in during the tournament.
Brandi Nekrassoff, the team’s ace, pitched in three contests, including the team’s 8-3 win over Mayville State.
Roni Nekrassoff and Katie Uttecht also got some innings in.
“We got some extra pitching in for Katie and that was one of the things we wanted to get done,” Kieff said. “I don’t think there is any team in our conference that we can’t beat with our pitching. It’s going to come down to scoring some runs.”
The team is hoping it can wake up the offense after scoring just five runs in five games over the weekend.
“It’s all going to come down to our seniors,” Kieff said. “Hopefully they can get the bats motivated and take us through the conference season.”
The Tigers, who are 2-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, head to Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday to take on Briar Cliff in a GPAC doubleheader.