IW softball team splits

MYRTLE BEACH, SC. — The Iowa Wesleyan softball team split their two games in Myrtle Beach, SC. on Monday. The Tigers blasted Clarks Summit 14-5 in their first game and lost 4-3 in eight innings against Medaille in game two.

The Tigers jumped all over Clarks Summit in game one, scoring five runs in the first inning. Emma McDanel had an RBI single to start off the scoring. Morgan Christner brought two home on an RBI triple. Alex Eyman had an RBI double, and Emmy Rodriguez made it 5-0 with an RBI single.

The Tigers added two runs in the first inning, one on a triple by Ashley Machholz and one when McDanel reached on an error. Clarks Summit battled allt he way back to cut the lead to 7-5 in the fifth inning, but the Tigers scored the next seven.

Chrsitner brought another home on an RBI single in the top of the sixth. Eyman scored another on an RBI single of her own. Addison Westercamp scored one on a fielder’s choice, and Carly Hodges scored her on an RBI double. After six innings, the score was 11-5 IW.

The Tigers brought home three more runs in the seventh inning. McDanel singled in another one and Eyman brought two home with an RBI double.

McDanel picked up the win in the circle, throwing six innings and giving up five runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine batters. Christner came in to close out the final inning, and did so with three strikeouts.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel for the first seven innings. In the top of the first inning, Kayla Ford scored on a passed ball when Eyman struck out on a wild pitch, but Medaille tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, and the game stayed tied until extra innings.

In the eighth, McKenna Woolery knocked home two runs on an RBI single to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Medaille, however, rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to steal the win away from the Tigers.

Christner was in the circle for all of game two. She threw 7.1 innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

The Tiger women are now 3-1. They’ll play two more games today (Tuesday) in Myrtle Beach, against Centenary College and Mount Aloysius College.