Doane Advances to GPAC Championship
Doane entered the second day of the GPAC Tournament needing to win a pair of games to reach the championship and after the first four innings versus Concordia, many would have expected the Tigers to return home after one game.
The Tigers trailed 8-3 after four innings with Concordia scoring in each inning. The team was relentless and responded with three solo home runs in the top of the fifth to close the deficit to two. Joy Vasa came in to pitch in the bottom of the fifth trying to slow down the Bulldogs; little did she know that six innings later she would still be pitching.
Doane continued to chip away and in the top of the seventh, trailing by one, Jennifer Montoya hit a solo home run to tie the game at 8-8. Both teams kept each other off the score board the next two innings but Doane eventually got to the third pitcher for Concordia and plated three runs in the 10th inning. Vasa shut down the Bulldogs to advance Doane with an 11-8 win.
The Tigers finished the game with 17 hits and five home runs. Doane's three through seven hitters had at least two hits each.
Doane drew Northwestern College in their next game after the Red Raiders fell to Morningside College in the winner's bracket game.
Doane struck first with two runs in the second inning. Amber Remmers and Vasa came around to score on a single from Amy Hamik and a hit by pitch drawn by Kristin Schmidt. After the bottom of the second was completed, the game was halted for a 43 minute rain delay.
When play resumed, Schmidt extended the Doane lead to 3-0 with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Northwestern scored their first run of the season versus Doane in the bottom of the fourth and later added a run in the sixth. Megan Steele contained the batters of Northwestern, limiting the Red Raiders to five hits in Doane's 3-2 victory. Doane had held the Red Raiders scoreless for 17.2 innings before they scored in the fourth inning with two outs.
The win put the Tigers into the championship game against Morningside College. The game was postponed until Saturday morning due to continuous rain.
The Tigers will play Morningside in the GPAC Tournament Championship on Saturday. The game can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network at 10:30 AM.