FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University softball was back at Christensen Field for the first time since May 3, 2019 on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors welcomed Dordt University for a Great Plains Athletic Conference twin-bill. Midland narrowly dropped game one by a score of 5-4 but rebounded with a commanding 13-0 shutout in the finale.
The split moves Midland’s record to 13-3 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC while Dordt sits at 14-12 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Game One: Dordt 5, Midland 4
Dordt jumped on Midland’s Hailee Fliam early, sending her first pitch of the ballgame out of the park for a leadoff home run. Fliam settled in the circle and picked up three-straight outs to minimize the damage. Midland looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the first after a single from Sierra Athow found two runners on base. Dordt’s pitcher got out of the jam with a strikeout to preserve her team’s lead.
The Defenders’ bats came back to life in the fourth inning when a single to left field plated the runner from third. Singles continued to pour on in the inning when another ball found its way to right field to score another. The Warriors managed to get out of trouble after a popup to third ended the frame. Midland’s first run of the day was kicked off by Katlin Anders who put a ball in play and reached base. Bobbi Singleton came in clutch with a double to left-center to score the runner from first, bringing the score to 3-1. Dordt got out of trouble with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
The fifth inning featured a two-run blast by the Defenders to bring the lead to 5-1, but Fliam recorded another pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning. The Warriors faced a four-run deficit heading into the final two innings, and Katlin Anders was ready for the challenge. The senior blasted a full-count home run to bring the score to 5-2. Fliam picked up another pair of strikeouts in the top of the seventh to give her team a chance to overtake the lead in their final three outs. Midland nearly did just that as Carly Pfitzer blasted a two-run bomb over the right-field fence, bringing the score to 5-4 with nobody out. The Defenders relied on their defense, picking up three outs to close out the game despite the late push by Midland.
- Katlin Anders: 1-of-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
- Carly Pfitzer: 1-of-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI
- Hailee Fliam: 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 5 ER, 9 K
Game Two: Midland 13, Dordt 0 (five innings)
The second game of the series was a different story. Midland jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning of play behind singles from Andrea Cespedes, Katlin Anders, Roni Foote, and Carly Pfitzer. The second innings took a similar trend with the Warriors putting up another five runs, increasing the lead to an eye-popping 10-0. The second inning featured extra-base hits with doubles from Anders and Singleton and a long-ball from Foote.
In addition to the offensive prowess on display, Midland’s starting pitcher Aliyah Rincon picked up four strikeouts through three innings of play while allowing just two hits. Midland picked up three more runs in the third inning off a sacrifice fly from Sierra Athow and a two-run homer by Singleton, bringing the lead to 13-0. The Defenders would need to score six-runs to extend the game past five innings, but Midland’s defense continued to roll through the final two frames. A groundout to third base secured Midland’s 13-0 win in the series finale. The win improves Rincon’s record to 7-2 on the year.
- Katlin Anders: 3-of-3, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs
- Bobbi Singleton: 2-of-3, 5 RBI, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 runs
- Roni Foote: 2-of-3, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 2 runs
- Aliyah Rincon: 4.0 IP, 5 K, 2 hits, 0 ER
Midland (13-6, 1-1 GPAC) will be back in action on Tuesday, March 30 when they host the College of Saint Mary (5-11, 0-2 GPAC) for a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. with game two to follow.