Briar Cliff softball traveled to Mitchell, South Dakota Tuesday to finish up a doubleheader that was postponed last week due to rain. Play was halted during the second inning of game one during the last trip with the Chargers up 6-3.
The Blue and Gold ultimately fell in both contests, dropping the first 10-6 and the second 3-2 to the Tigers. All the Chargers’ game-one runs came before the postponement on April 3, putting up six runs in the first two innings of play.
With the bases loaded in the first inning, Alayna Allen was walked to first, sending home Bailey Nichols from third. Brooklyn Barnett then grounded out to first base but scored Rachele Heaton. With runners on second and third, Madison Deane doubled to left field and plated Allen and Summer Williams.
Dakota Wesleyan put three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning, including one unearned. Wiles was walked in the top of the second inning and Bailey Nichols hit an RBI triple to send home Wiles and make the score 5-3. Heaton was the next batter up and grounded out, but Nichols was able to come home, making the game 6-3 in favor of the Cliff.
The Chargers loaded the bases before the game was stopped due to weather. The game picked up Tuesday in the top of the second inning with one out. BC could not capitalize with three runners on base and ended the inning with the 6-3 score.
Dakota Wesleyan exploded for five hits and seven runs in the third inning to take a 10-6 lead and round out the scoring of game one.
Lanae Shiley is tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) and six hits in her 2.0 innings of work. Summer Williams went 2-for-3 at the plate in addition to pitching the final three innings of the contest. She recorded two strikeouts and no hits, runs or walks during her time in the circle. Madison Deane had a team-high two RBIs.
Alyson VanderPol earned the win for the Tigers, allowing five hits and one run and striking out two batters in six innings. Two batters recorded multiple hits for DWU.
The Chargers again took the lead in game two, scoring a run in both the second and fourth innings to go up 2-0. The Tigers then plated one run in the fourth and two in the fifth for the 3-2 win.
Johanna Vaske doubled in the second inning and was sent to third on Brooklyn Barnett‘s single. Lanae Shiley hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Vaske. Vaske then hit a solo homer in the fourth.
Vaske and Barnett were the only Chargers to record hits in the second game, each going 2-for-3. Allen was the losing pitcher, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing five hits and three runs. She struck out six batters and walked four. Abby Lint pitched the remainder of the game and struck out one batter, allowed no hits, runs or walks.
The Chargers fall to 7-21 on the season (2-10 GPAC) and will look to get back in the win column during an eight-game home stretch beginning Friday. BC hosts at Concordia at 3 and 5 p.m. at Bishop Mueller Field.