Tigers Drop Two Against Hastings
The Tiger softball team suffered a set-back in the conference championship race, dropping a doubleheader to Hastings College. The final in game one was 7-0 and then the Tigers fell to the mercy rule in game two, 12-4.
Game One: L 0-7
Hastings jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning and cruised to the victory over the Tigers. Doane was limited to four hits in the ball game.
The best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning as Christy Kobza led off with a double. Kayla Hochstein pinch ran for Kobza but was left stranded at second base following two strikeouts and a ground out back to the pitcher. In the game, Doane batters struck out 11 times.
Kobza collected two of the Tiger's hits, both going for doubles. Mindy Nguyen and Whitney Poole each collected singles.
Jennifer Liddell took the loss, allowing seven runs in six innings of work. She gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out one.
Game Two: L 4-12
The Tigers jumped out early but it was not enough to hold off the Broncos in game two. Hastings scored in four of the five innings played.
Doane plated three runs to start the game. Whitney Poole led off with a single and stole second base. She moved to third on a ground out and came in to score on a single from Christy Kobza. Jennifer Montoya followed by reaching on an error that allowed Kobza to move to second base. Amber Remmers laced a single into left field to score Kobza from second and Montoya and Remmers were at third and second, respectively, with one out in the inning. Jennifer Liddell grounded out to first base and Montoya scored on the play as Doane took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first inning.
Hastings came right back and cut the lead to one run with a pair of runs in their turn at the plate in the first inning. The Broncos only had one hit, a double that put runners at second and third with two out in the inning. They scored their first run of the game following back-to-back walks. A balk on Tiger starter Katy Jones led to the second run of the inning for Hastings.
Doane was held in off the scoreboard in the second inning but stranded two runners on base.
Hastings took the lead in the second inning as Jones walked the first four batters in the inning. Emily Larsen relieved Jones and induced a double play to that allowed the go-ahead run score. Hastings kept their inning alive with two consecutive home runs to take a 7-3 after two innings.
Doane added a run in the fourth on an Alyssa Ledon solo home run to lead off the inning.
Hastings added three more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth before the eight-run rule took affect.
Jones took the loss for Doane, allowing five runs on one hit and seven walks. She threw one-plus inning, pitching to four batters in the second. Larsen threw 2.2 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on two hits and four walks. Jennifer Liddell threw the final two-thirds of the game, allowing two runs on one hit and a walk. In total, Hastings was held to four hits but drew 12 walks.
At the plate, seven different Tigers collected base hits.