MITCHELL, S.D. – The win-streak for (RV) Midland University softball extended to 11-straight after a sweep of Dakota Wesleyan University in a Thursday afternoon Great Plains Athletic Conference tilt. The Warriors took game one by a score of 11-6 and concluded the day with a 5-0 win in game two. Midland improves to 30-7 on the year and remains first in the GPAC with an 18-2 record while Dakota Wesleyan drops to 9-25 overall and 1-17 in the league.
Game One: Midland 11, Dakota Wesleyan 6
Midland scored first, much like they have all season long, with a two-run first inning. One run came on a double from Katlin Anders with the second crossing home off a single from Sierra Athow. Dakota Wesleyan countered in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead off the game’s first home run. The lead stood through the fourth inning when the Warriors plated four runs to go up 7-2. The inning featured RBI’s from Emily Prai, Andrea Cespedes, Bobbi Singleton, and Anders.
Another three runs scored for the Warriors in the fifth off a homer from Carly Pfitzer and Anders’ second double of the contest. Roni Foote sent a ball over the fence in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 11-3, but the Tigers countered with three runs in the sixth to make things interesting. Midland stayed tough defensively through the final inning to claim victory.
- Katlin Anders: 4-of-5, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 2 runs
- Emily Prai: 3-of-5, 3 runs, 1 SB
- Bobbi Singleton: 1-of-3, 2 RBI, 1 2B
- Roni Foote: 3-of-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR
- Hailee Fliam: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 1 K
Game Two: Midland 5, Dakota Wesleyan 0
The Warriors were efficient in the first inning yet again, taking a 2-0 lead from the jump on an RBI single and hit-by-pitch. Midland’s Aliyah Rincon faced the minimum in the bottom of the inning to hold the lead in favor of the Warriors. Midland padded the lead in the third when back-to-back doubles scored Athow from second. The Tigers picked up their second hit of the game in the bottom of the inning, but two strikeouts moved the game into the fourth.
Another run came across for the Warriors in the fourth, moving the score to 4-0 when Prai stole second and came around to score on a double from Andrea Cespedes. Athow added another run for Midland off a solo shot in the fifth to bring things to 5-0. Rincon continued to pitch efficiently in the circle, mowing down the offense and keeping her team ahead. Dakota Wesleyan looked to have a promising opportunity in the top of the seventh when a leadoff single kicked things off. Rincon responded by pitching into a foul out and two flyouts to end the threat and register her 18th win of the year.
- Sierra Athow: 2-of-3, 1 RBI, 1 HR, 2 runs
- Andrea Cespedes: 2-of-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run
- Katlin Anders: 2-of-3, 1 2B, 1 run
- Aliyah Rincon: 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 K, 0 ER
Midland (30-7, 18-2 GPAC) enters its final weekend series of the regular season with a doubleheader against Northwestern College on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern is 25-14 this season and 12-8 in the conference.