RiverHawks softball wins at home
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RiverHawks softball wins at home


Austin Headlee

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks’ softball team has been in a slump. Last week, the RiverHawks dropped two games against the Central Missouri University Jennies and one of their two games against the Bearcats. Two of the losses came in extra innings.

“We didn’t play very well on the road last week,” said Clay Davis, RiverHawks softball head coach. “Losing two games in extra innings was really tough on us. We have to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities when they present themselves.”

Fortunately for them, the RiverHawks have started to rebound from their sub-par performance from last week. The team won both games of the doubleheader against the Central Baptist College Mustangs on Monday. The RiverHawks were able to pull off the wins while playing from behind the Mustangs. 

The RiverHawks were down 3-2 in the first game of the doubleheader against the Mustangs. Haley Acrey, junior third baseman from Baytown, Texas, Sierra Crick, sophomore left fielder from Moore, and Kaleigh Hinkle, senior second baseman from Copan, each scored a home run in the sixth inning to give the RiverHawks an 8-3 win. 

The RiverHawks trailed 8-4 to the Mustangs entering the bottom of the eighth inning in the final game of the doubleheader. Jessica Schuler, sophomore designated player from Sand Springs, hit her second home run of the game to bring home Acrey and Paige Gann, senior first baseman from Muskogee. Hinkle was able to tie the game by recording a double and bringing a teammate into home. Kyla Ibarra, junior catcher from Muskogee, recorded a two-run walk-off home run for the RiverHawks 10-8 win.

“Schuler is really starting to get comfortable with her game,” said Davis. “She’s seeing the ball really well and hitting the ball all over the field. Both of her home runs today were outside pitches she hit the opposite way. She is extremely dangerous when she does that”

Both wins occurred while playing at RiverHawks Park. The team is 10-2 when playing at home and they believe there is an advantage to playing games at home. 

“There is always an advantage of playing at home with the comfort level and familiarity of being at home,” said Gann. “Being able to sleep in your own bed plays a big part of it. Plus, we get tremendous crowds at our home games and our players love playing in front of our home fans.”

The RiverHawks will aim to improve their conference record this upcoming week. The team plays a doubleheader against Washburn University Ichabods on Tuesday and another doubleheader on Saturday against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. Both games are played at the opponents’ field. The Ichabods are the top-ranked team in the MIAA conference and the Bronchos are the third-ranked team. 

"Two huge series are coming up against two of the best teams in the MIAA,” said Acrey. “Both series are on the road, so we need to find a way to carry our winning streak with us. This team can play with any other team if we keep swinging the way we are capable of.”

The RiverHawks are 11-7 when playing in conference games. The team is ranked sixth in the MIAA but has won more overall games than five teams ranked ahead of them. 


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