RiverHawks softball looks forward to MIAA tournament
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RiverHawks softball looks forward to MIAA tournament

4/26/18

Austin Headlee

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks softball team is preparing to play in the MIAA conference tournament after finishing the regular season.The played in a doubleheader against the Missouri Southern State University Lion on Saturday. The matchup was also on the RiverHawks’ softball senior day.

The RiverHawks split the series with the Lions. The Lions were able to get an early lead in the first game when they scored a run in the first and third innings of the match. However, the RiverHawks were able to answer back in the sixth inning by gaining a 4-2 lead and won the game. Gail Young, freshman pitcher from Collinsville, recorded five strikeouts in her start against the Lions.

The Lions were able to answer back in the next match with a 19-12 win to end the RiverHawks’ regular season. The RiverHawks were able to record 19 hits in the series with the Lions.

The RiverHawks now look forward to the MIAA tournament where they will play against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. Jessica Boone, senior second basemen from Sapulpa, has taken over a leadership role with the team’s underclassmen. She believes the underclassmen will perform well against the Bronchos in their first postseason debut.

“If they keep doing what they’ve been doing this season they’ll be fine,” said Boone. “It’s the postseason and it’s a big tournament, but at the end of the day you just need to play how you know.”

This will be the first postseason for several of the softball players. This could also be their last opportunity to play with the upperclassmen as they enter the tournament this week. Makenzi Dallas, RiverHawks softball assistant coach, want her players to understand the opportunity they have in playing in the postseason.

“All of our hard work is finally paying off and everyone is pretty excited,” said Dallas. “Soak in the moment and enjoy as much as you can. Play your hearts out because you’ll only be able to play in the tournament once and hopefully the younger players can play in the tournament again, but you’ll only be able to play with this team and these players once in the tournament.”

The RiverHawks split the series in a doubleheader against the Bronchos on April 14 in Edmond. The teams will now face each other on a neutral site in Oklahoma City.

“It’s a tough matchup. They’re our rival, so there’s the emotional piece as well,” said Clay Davis, RiverHawks softball head coach. “I think we have to set the tempo both on the field and emotionally. They have one of the better pitchers in the conference, so we need to go up against her and score.”

The matchup against the Bronchos starts at 5 p.m. on April 26 in Oklahoma City. The Lindenwood University Lions and the Central Missouri University Jennies play at the same time as the RiverHawks and Bronchos. If the RiverHawks beat the Bronchos they will play against the winner of the Lions and Jennies matchup in the winners bracket, however, if the RiverHawks lose the first matchup they will play against the losing team in the Lions and Jennies matchup in the losers bracket. The RiverHawks play in their second game at 7:30 p.m. on April 26 at Oklahoma City.

 


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