Softball throws a curveball

By Jeremy Lord

April 28, 2014

Missouri Western’s softball team has had a very interesting season, with multiple back to back wins. The team secured the third seed in next week's MIAA Tournament at Overland Park, Kan. at Blue Valley . The Griffons won with a split on Saturday against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos. Pitcher Jackie Bishop held back the Bronchos and secured Western's MIAA spot. The Griffons will take on rival sixth seed Northwest Missouri State in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m. in Overland Park, Kan. at Blue Valley Recreation Complex. The Griffons will take on second seed Central Oklahoma or seventh seed Lindenwood at 8:00 pm that night. The tournament is double elimination The game took place on Senior Day, giving the team a chance to show off its senior players Players Michelle Stevenson and Taylor Anding, both seniors, were honored, along with the other seniors on the team, at the game versus Central Oklahoma on April 26. The team is now 34-16 in normal season standings, and they have a record standing of 17-9 in MIAA play. The Griffons had success this season after sweeping the River Hawks in softball last week. Griffons softball has had some great plays this year, and the team is excited to have earned the third seed spot. However, the rest of the season will be a tough one for the team, as Emporia State earned the MIAA regular season championship and the top seed in the MIAA Softball Tournament. The Emporia State Hornets played well this season, with a great standing season record. Griffon softball hopes that the tournament will go well, especially with rival Emporia State with the top seed. “Emporia State have been a great team this season in the times we went against them. I hope to beat them in the tournament.” Bishop said. The Hornets will face Northeastern State in the opening round, as the River Hawks earn the eighth seed   Central Oklahoma Bronchos have earned the second seed in the MIAA Tournament and will face the Lindenwood Lions in the tournament. These two teams will be a challenge to the Griffon's team, However, the team has beat them before and has a chance of winning against them again. The fourth seed was earned by Fort Hays State, who will take on fifth-seed Central Missouri. The Griffons got two solid pitching performances, winning 6-3 and 4-1. The Griffons have now won 13 of their last 14 games, improving to 33-15 overall and 16-8 in MIAA play. With the sweep, the Griffons have clinched a spot in next week's MIAA Tournament in Overland Park, Kan.