RiverHawks softball earns a three-game win streak
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RiverHawks softball earns a three-game win streak

3/7/18

Austin Headlee

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks competed in the Teri Mathis-Zenner Memorial Tournament in Joplin, Mo. last weekend, dropping their first game but winning their last three. The RiverHawks leave the tournament with an 8-8 record.  

The RiverHawks played against the McKendree University Bearcats to open the tournament. The RiverHawks’ defense kept the score close throughout the game. Kelsey Harmon, junior shortstop from Washington, hit a home run in the final inning to put the RiverHawks on the scoreboard, but it was not enough to come away with a win as the team lost 2-1 to the Bearcats.

The RiverHawks played against the Rockhurst University Hawks following the loss to the Bearcats. The RiverHawks continued to play good defense when they were able to earn 14 groundouts against the Hawks. The RiverHawks earned nine runs, which led to their 7-2 over the Hawks. 
Harmon earned four of the team’s nine hita against the Hawks. She was able to play loose and focus helping the team.

 

I get in my head a lot and this weekend I tried to play loose and forget about everything,” said Harmon. “This weekend I really focused on having an impact on any game, whether that’s walking or getting a sac fly, and I think that really helped me a lot.”

The RiverHawks played the Drury University Lady Panthers the next day. The RiverHawks were able to score twice in the first inning as Paige Gann, senior first baseman from Muskogee, hit an RBI single and crossed the home plate after a hit from Jessica Boone, senior centerfielder from Sapulpa. The team was able to earn 14 hits in their win over the Lady Panthers. The RiverHawks went on to defeat the Bison 6-1 and start their winning streak.

The RiverHawks played the University of Sioux Falls Cougars after the game against the Lady Panthers. The matchup started slow offensively as neither team was able to score a run until the fourth inning. The RiverHawks were able to score four points in the fourth inning with an RBI single from Boone and a three-run home run from Delaney Neal, senior catcher from McKinney, Texas. 

The RiverHawks scored again in the fifth inning when Boone hit an RBI double. The Cougars were able to score four runs in the final inning, but the RiverHawks were able to pull away with a 5-4 win to continue their winning streak. 

Kaleigh Hinkle, senior second baseman from Copan, will be switching positions throughout the season. Hinkle has experience moving throughout the field after being asked to switch during her career as a RiverHawk.

“I’ve played six positions since I’ve been here, pretty much every position except for pitcher,” said Hinkle. “I’ll probably be switching between right field, but I’ll mainly be playing second base. I’m a senior, so being out there I want to step up and be a leader there and help out the team as much as I can.”

The RiverHawks will look to keep their streak alive as they start conference play when they play in back-to-back doubleheaders this Friday and Saturday. Clay Davis, NSU softball head coach, would like to build off the success from the weekend and carry it with the team for their upcoming games.

“We’d like to continue getting the big hits at the right moment,” said Davis. “That’s the first time we really saw that this weekend. We’re finding ways to get people on base and if we can continue to do that I think we’ll have a very productive weekend.”

The RiverHawks are scheduled to play the Fort Hays State University Tigers at noon and 2 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the RiverHawks Park. The RiverHawks will play the University of Nebraska Kearney Lopers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the RiverHawks Park. The Tigers and the Lopers have each won four games this season. 

 


 

 


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