The winning play continues for the Griffon softball team. Great performances by both Griffon pitchers and hot bats allowed them swept a double header on Saturday in Jefferson City against the Lincoln BlueDragons.
The Griffons improved to 27-8 on the season and 7-1 in MIAA conference play.
Coach Jen Bagley stressed offense to her team before the game.
“We talked before the game that we needed to really take our offense seriously and make sure that we are having good at bats.” Bagley said. “We needed to start building as we are going into the more weighty party of our conference schedule.
Coming fresh off of a no hitter, freshman Jackie Bishop took the mound in
game one and started right where she left off by striking out three in the first inning.
Things started well for the Griffon offense when Lincoln walked Ashley Hudson, the
Hudson advanced to second on a single by Maegan Roemmich and then stole third and scored on an error by the catcher. The Griffons led 1-0 after the first inning of play.
The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when Brittany Douglas singled with the bases loaded and score Leah Steele.
After a series of wild pitches that allowed the Griffons to add another run, Keri Lorbert singled and drove in Hudson and Roemmich.
The score was 5-0 Western after five.
Western added one run in the sixth off of a Robinson double that scored Taylor Anding and another in the seventh off of a Blair Stalder single that drove in Douglas, making the score 7-0.
Bishop continued her phenominal play by striking out eight batters and giving up two hits on the day. She improved her record to 16-2 with an earned run average of .88.
Jonnelle Belger took the mound in game two and the Lady Blue Dragons had no answer, failing to score their only run until the fifth inning and only getting four hits.
“When our hitters produce runs like that it makes the pitchers job really easy because you aren’t pitching tentatively.” Belger said.
Similar to game one, Hudson crossed home plate to put the Griffons up 1-0. Roemmich batted her in with a single to right field.
“The team is starting to hit a lot better and everyone had a lot more confidence at the plate.” Roemmich said. “We played really well as a team so it was nice to bring it all together.”
Western scored three runs in the third inning. Douglas scored on a wild pitch and then Leah Steele singled to center field to drive in Anding and Lorbert.
The Griffon lead was 5-0 after three.
Hudson’s home seventh run of the year started off the scoring for Western in the fourth inning. The Griffons scored three more runs off of a three run homer by Lorbert..