What was thought to be a day of celebration on Saturday, Apr. 26 for the six Griffon softball seniors ended up being an unfinished second game due to weather and a collision between two teammates.
The Griffons (24-21) took on the Northwest Bearcats (21-18) on a very stormy Saturday afternoon, trying to payback for the 15-8 loss earlier in the season..
The first game was a story of simply getting the ball on the bat. The Griffons had a tough time getting hits, and when they did get hits they went right to the defense. The Griffons actually made contact 4 times compared to the Bearcats 2. Yet Northwest was able to capitalize and score their only run, which was the run to decide the game.
In the top of the fifth inning, two Griffons, Senior Becky Diehl and Junior Brittany Douglas collided, giving Diehl a concussion and Douglas a broken leg.
The second game of the doubleheader match-up with the Bearcats went a little bit more the Griffon’s way as they were first on the board and got up 2-1.
Senior Allison Jones was also pitching a great game with no walks, four strike-outs, and two hits, on her way to her 69th complete game in her career.
All was going well for Missouri Western, until it had to rain on the seniors’ parade. The rest of the game was cancelled due to the rain causing the field to be un-playable and will be rescheduled.
After losing their first game of the double header, having two fellow team mates injured in a collision trying to make a play and having their second game rescheduled, senior Allison Jones didn’t let it ruin her senior day.
“The weather was pretty frustrating, but it being senior day it makes you realize how few games you have left,” Jones said.
The season isn’t over though. The Griffons are confident coming into the last stretch of games before conference play begins and hope to play their best softball during that time.
“I think we are very confident going into the last few games,” Jones said. “We have started to play one out at a time, one inning at a time, one game at a time. We are starting fresh and conference tourney is the perfect time to show everyone how we really play.”