COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – A pair of upperclasswomen pieced together critical offensive displays to ensure a Great Plains Athletic Conference split Sunday, March 24.
Senior Rebecca Riley (SR/Gothenburg, NE) (Gothenburg, Neb.) and junior Cortney Joiner(JR/Carlisle, IA) (Carlisle, Iowa) each tallied two hits, while Riley scored a run and drove one in, and Joiner scored a run during a perfect plate effort (two-for-two). With those numbers in tow along with RBI from freshman Ellie Cropley (FR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa), sophomore Carson Cameron (SO/Herman, NE) (Herman, Neb.) and freshman Carrington Etringer (Baltic, S.D.), it was enough to propel head coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann‘s squad to a 5-3 game win over Doane College at Abraham Lincoln High School. Senior pitcher Hallie Misiaszek (SR/Mitchell, SD) (Mitchell, S.D.) made it stand up with a complete-game win, as she struck out three Tigers.
Game two was just as nip-and-tuck. After the hosts opened an early 5-0 lead, Mside (8-5 overall, 3-1 GPAC) rallied back with two in the third and one in the fourth to cut the margin to 5-3. From that point, DC’s pitching staff made it stand up in route to the 5-3 decision. Three offensive stars from the first contest in Cropley, Cameron, and Etringer each drove in Mustang runs in the nightcap.
Morningside continues conference play Saturday, March 30. They travel to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., for a 1 p.m. start.