Morningside’s nationally ranked softball team went 1-1 during Thursday’s action at the McPherson College Tournament with an 8-5 loss against Bethany College and a 10-0 five-inning whitewashing of York College.
The Mustangs, ranked ninth nationally in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Preseason Poll, will take a 14-4 record into their Friday tourney finale against Tabor College at 10 a.m
Bethany led wire-to-wire after it plated four runs in the top of the first inning. Three of the runs were unearned thanks to a pair of Morningside errors. The Swedes’ big hits in the inning were a RBI double by Alyssa Sotelo that drove in the first run and a RBI single by Nicole Pendleton that drove in the last run.
The Mustangs closed within 4-2 after McKenzie Anderson walked and scored on a single by Elin Landgren in the third inning and Moriah Bohlmann doubled and came home on a two-out single by Allie Martinez in the fourth.
The Swedes answered the Mustangs’ challenge with a three-run fifth inning to break the game open with a 7-2 lead. Morningside committed two errors during the inning to make two of the three runs unearned.
Tracey Edwards had a double and single to pace an eight-hit Morningside offensive attack. The Mustangs’ other hits were a double by Bohlmann and singles by Landgren, Martinez, Anderson, Rachel Koch and Emilee Dorpinghaus.
Bethany collected eight hits against Morningside pitchers Rachel Henks, Suzanne Ras and Andrea Medinger. The Mustangs’ hurlers combined for four walks and three strikeouts.
Henks pitched a five-inning two-hit shutout in the Mustangs’ win against York. Henks walked one and struck out four while raising her record to 12-2.
Leading 2-0, the Mustangs broke the game open with eight runs in the top of the fifth inning. Morningside had six of its 11 hits during the fifth inning, including two-run doubles by Mara Amsberry and Emilee Dorpinghaus, a RBI double by Koch and a RBI single by Abby Conner.
Koch and Dorpinghaus each had a double and single and Conner added a pair of singles. The Mustangs’ other hits were doubles by Landgren and Amsberry and singles by Martinez, Anderson, and Morgan Fogelman.