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Hastings College edged out by 16th-ranked Morningside in doubleheader

Hastings College softball swept by 16th-ranked Morningside
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 10:58 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College softball team certainly had its chances to beat No. 16 Morningside in both games on Thursday afternoon but eventually fell 5-2 and 7-3 at the Smith Softball Complex.

Kyra Maguire (SR/Wymore, NE) seemed to have the right stuff on the mound keeping the highly potent offense of the Mustangs in check for most of game one.

With the quality pitching, Hastings wa able to strike first in the second inning when Alyssa Carter (SR/Corona, CA) picked up a clutch RBI single to left for the early 1-0 lead.

Morningside countered with a two out RBI single of its own to tie the game in the fourth but the Lady Bronco bats took advantage of a Mustang mistake and once again Carter came up with the two out RBI single to score Sydney Schelkopf (JR/Geneva, NE) to take the 2-1 lead.

Maguire looked like she was in position to head to the seventh with a lead but following a two out double, an error on a ground ball allowed the runner to score from second to tie the game 2-2.

Another Hastings error to start the seventh opened the door for Morningside picking up a sac fly RBI and then a two run Home run into the stiff breeze to make it 5-2. Hastings would go down in order and drop game one 5-2.

Carter had a big game going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

In game two, Hastings was able to strike first on a Mattie Hogrefe (JR/Lincoln, NE) double to deep right scoring Julia Reimer (JR/Hastings, NE) for the early 1-0 lead.

The Mustangs countered with two in the second on a big two out hit to lead 2-1.

HC continued to battle and with runners on second and third in the bottom of the third, Reimer went opposite field as the ball found a way to stay fair scoring two as Hastings regained the lead at 3-2.

Then errors began to pile up in the fourth for Hastings committing three of them and Morningside took advantage to the tune of five runs on just two hits to take the lead and the game 7-3 as the HC offense never got it going again.

Reimer finished game two going 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Hastings falls to 10-17 (2-4) on the year and will be back in action Wednesday April 7 as Midland comes to town with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. at the Smith Softball Complex.

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