Tigers Win Two at McPherson
After day one of the McPherson College tournament was cancelled the Tigers picked up two victories in three games to move their record to 3-2 on the season. Doane topped Central Christian College to open the day, 11-6. In game two, Doane defeated Tabor College 12-2 in three innings. The Tigers dropped the final game to Kansas Wesleyan, 11-6. The Tigers will travel to Hastings on March 9-10 to participate in the Hastings College Tournament.
Game One (Doane 11-6)
The Tigers plated four runs before Megan Steele even took the mound, giving her room to work the Central Christian batters and pick up her first win of the season. Steele (1-1) threw four innings and allowed one unearned run while giving up two hits. Alysia Johnson closed out the game to pick up the save while pitching three innings.
The first inning was started by Mindy Nguyen's single to open the game. She stole second base and scored on a Joy Vasa double. With one out, Jennifer Montoya hit her first home run of the season, plating Vasa. Amy Hamik plated Stephanie Mosley to wrap up the Tigers' first inning of work.
In the third inning, Alyssa Ledon drew a leadoff walk. Hannah Kroese pinch ran and stole second base. Montoya drew a walk and the two base runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Mosley. Kroese scored when Amber Remmers hit into a fielder's choice as Central Christian tried to catch Kroese at home. Shelly White singled to score Montoya and Halea Messersmith singled to score Remmers.
The Tigers sealed the game in the top of the seventh with four more runs. Pamela Masker drew a one-out walk and moved up to second base on a single by Sloane Beckler. With two outs, Julie Yost singled to load the bases for White. A pair of errors by Central Christian followed and allowed the Tigers to score four runs.
The Tigers finished with 10 hits. Remmers was the only Tiger with multiple hits, finishing with two. Montoya finished with two RBIs.
Game Two (Doane 12-2)
Megan Steele won her second game of the day, giving up one hit over three innings of work in the shortened game versus Tabor College. The 10 run rule took effect when the Tigers plated six runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Tabor opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to Tiger errors. Both runs were unearned.
Doane quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first inning. Vasa reached on an error and scored on a Ledon single. Ledon scored on a two-out single by Skyler Rowe.
In the second inning, Kayla Hochstein doubled with one out and scored on a Nguyen single. Vasa singled and with two outs, Montoya hit a three-run home run.
The third inning was started by a White triple. Kyla Ronhovde singled to score White. With two runners on, Whitney Poole collected a pinch hit, two-run single. Johnson singled to score Poole with one out. Tabor committed an error with two outs and the Tigers took advantage by scoring two more runs to finish off the Bluejays in three innings.
Doane finished with 12 hits, two from Montoya. Montoya finished with a team-high three runs batted in. Vasa and Hochstein scored two runs apiece.
Game Three (Kansas Wesleyan 11-6)
The Tigers jumped out early but a seven-run third inning put Doane in a deficit they could not recover from. Errors plagued the Tigers as Johnson (1-1) took the loss. Doane committed five errors as Johnson allowed 10 runs, three earned, over 2.2 innings of work. Steele closed out the game allowing one run in 2.1 innings.
Johnson tried to help herself out by collecting two hits and one RBI. Julie Yost scored two of the Tigers run while picking up three stolen bases. Montoya hit her third home run of the day for the Tigers when she connected in the sixth inning.
Six of the eight Tiger hits went for extra bases. Ledon, Masker, Mosley and Johnson each collected doubles. Johnson collected two. Montoya's home run was the other extra base hit.