Nationally ranked Morningside rebounded from a first game setback with an 11-3 six-inning romp past Midland in the nightcap of Friday’s GPAC softball doubleheader in Fremont, Neb.
The Mustangs, ranked 25th nationally in the NAIA, had a six-game winning streak snapped when they dropped the opener 8-5. The victory in the nightcap raised the Mustangs’ record to 20-9 overall and 8-2 in the GPAC for a first place tie with Northwestern in the league standings.
Jayci Hinker and Rebecca Riley slugged back-to-back home runs in an eight-run third inning in the Mustangs’ second game romp. Hinker’s blast was a three-run shot and Riley, who also homered in the opener, capped the inning’s scoring with her round tripper.
The Mustangs had five hits in their eight-run third inning. Ashton Whited had one of the inning’s biggest hits with a two-run single, while Abby Conner and Carson Cameron singled earlier in the inning.
Morningside scored its ninth run of the game in the fifth inning when Lexie Stolen singled and came home on a groundout by Hinker.
The Mustangs’ added two more runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Conner and Mackenzie Lose.
Hinker went two-for-four with a home run and four RBIs and Conner had two hits with a pair of singles to pace a 10-hit Morningside offensive attack. The other hits were a home run by Riley and singles by Cameron, Lose, Stolen, Whited and Mara Amsberry.
Paige Lansink scattered seven hits and walked one batter over six innings to get the pitching win.
The Mustangs held a 2-1 lead after the first three innings of the opener before the Warriors took the lead for good at 5-2 after a four-run fourth inning that featured a two-run triple by Angela Brazil.
Midland tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning to go up 8-2. Jamie Phares supplied the big hit with a two-run single.
Riley slugged a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to make the final margin 8-5. Riley’s blast came after Whited walked and Hinker singled earlier in the inning.
The Mustangs had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Tracey Edwards led off the game with a single and scored on a RBI single by Cameron.
The Mustangs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third when Edwards reached base on an error and scored on a two-out single by Conner.
Midland pitcher Jaylee Hinrichs struck out 10 batters and allowed seven hits to get the win.
Mustang ace Hallie Misiaszek allowed 12 hits with one walk and one strikeout in defeat.
Cameron had two of the Mustangs’ seven hits with a pair of singles. The other hits were a home run by Riley and singles by Edwards, Conner, Lose and Hinker.
Morningside will host Dordt in a 3 p.m. GPAC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 17.