MW softball: Lady Jays belt six homers, sweep Riverland
AUSTIN -- Just when it mattered most, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College softball team pitched and hit its way to a doubleheader sweep of host Riverland Tuesday.Katherin Ihnen pitched two complete game victories and six home runs ...
AUSTIN -- Just when it mattered most, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College softball team pitched and hit its way to a doubleheader sweep of host Riverland Tuesday.
Katherin Ihnen pitched two complete game victories and six home runs were hit off Lady Jay bats.
The Jays entered the twinbill needing to win both games to have reasonable hopes of earning a postseason tournament bid. They responded with 15-4 and 7-6 triumphs.
“Right now we should make postseason. We just have to wait on a couple of scores,” head coach Jeff Linder said. “The way we played and the way we batted today is a great way to go into postseason, if we make it. I’m really proud of the girls. They played hard.”
Sophomore Tanner Gunnink, Linder said, “really led the team today.” She went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in the first game, then went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs in the second game.
Brooklyn Barnett, Emily Haubrich and Taylor Noid all homered in the opener. Haubrich and Ashlynn Wabeke homered along with Gunnink in Game 2.
Haubrich went 4-for-5 at the plate in the first game, adding a triple to her home run. Ihnen went 3-for-4 and Barnett 2-for-4. Nichole Rowe drove in two runs.
In the second game, Barnett, Haubrich, Ihnen and Wabeke all had two hits.
West collected a total of 30 hits in the two games and made only one error. Meanwhile, Ihnen checked Riverland on 10 hits in the first game, walking three and striking out four. She allowed 11 hits in the nightcap, walking four and striking out five.
Minnesota West 200 006 7 -- 15 16 1
Riverland 101 100 1 -- 4 10 4
Minnesota West 101 041 0 -- 7 14 0
Riverland 003 001 2 -- 6 11 1