Tigers Split Doubleheader at Hastings
Doane came away from Hastings on Wednesday evening with a split of the doubleheader with the Broncos. The Tigers took game one, 11-5, but dropped the nightcap, 6-5, in eight innings.
Game One (W 11-5)
The Tigers posted seven extra base hits in the game and eventually pulled away after a wild first two innings of play.
In the top of the first, Doane jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Andrea Gonzales led off the game with a home run. Following an error and a single, Christy Kobza doubled to drive in Gina Falciani. With one out, Amber Stater delivered a single to bring in Shelby Mendlik for the third run. Kylie Garrett followed to bring in Kobza.
The bottom of the inning saw Hastings come back with three runs against Jenna Alswager. The first five runners reached base for Hastings, four via base hits. A Tiger error also allowed the final run of the inning to score.
Doane came back with two in the second. Gonzales led off her second straight inning with a hit. Mendlik was hit by a pitch and with two down, Brooke Sampson doubled to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead.
Hastings came back once again with two runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs and a runner on, Rochelle Finnigan hit a two-run homer. Following a double, Kylie Garrett came in to relieve Alswager and was able to get out of the inning.
Doane picked up a run in the third on a bases loaded walk to Falciani. Garrett hit a solo home run in the fourth to give Doane an 8-5 lead. Mendlik had a RBI single in the fifth to plate Falciani for a four-run lead.
Doane closed out the game with two runs in the seventh. Gonzales hit a double to plate Deidre Cardoza and came around to score on a singled by Mendlik.
Garrett threw 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Alswager took a no-decision, allowing five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings.
At the plate, Gonzales went 4-of-5 with three runs and two RBIs. Mendlik was 3-of-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Sampson and Garrett also had two RBIs each.
Game Two (L 5-6, 8 inn.)
Doane took an early lead, rallied late but saw Hastings answer and win in extra innings.
The Tigers plated a run in the second inning on a solo home run by Brooke Sampson. In the fourth, Sampson drew a hit by pitch and came in for a run following a single by Alyssa Maraia.
Hastings took the lead in the sixth with three runs off of starter Megan Wingate. A two-run triple by Candice Connolly was the big hit in the inning.
Doane tied the game in the seventh, using a lead-off walk by Gonzales. She scored on a double by Mendlik to tie the game. Garrett followed with a single but Mendlik was thrown out at the plate trying to score. Following an error, Sampson doubled to plate Garrett to give the Tigers a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
Hastings opened the seventh with a single and a sacrifice bunt to put a runner in scoring position. Following a strikeout, Wingate hit a batter to put a pair of runners on base with two outs. Garrett replaced Wingate and gave up a single to Haley Burge that tied the game. Finnigan struck out to end the inning with the winning run at third base.
In the eighth, Gonzales hit a two-out solo home run to give the Tigers the lead, 5-4. Hastings countered in the bottom of the inning with two runs on three hits and won the game on a bases loaded walk.
Garrett took the loss, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings of work. She gave up four hits and two walks. Wingate went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. She struck out six batters.
At the plate, Gonzales went 3-of-4 with two runs and a RBI. Sampson was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Mendlik added a two-hit game for the Tigers.
Doane will host the University of Sioux Falls on Friday at the Ledon Softball Field.