Softball only played one game, but with all the cancellations, they were happy to be playing, and beating Cameron University 4-2.
The Griffons scored four runs in the first inning, and that would be all they needed. Sophomore Kaili Hinds started and went two innings letting up one unearned run before conceding the ball to transfer senior Lexi Kinnaird. She pitched three innings of quality softball, getting the win in the process.
Coach Jen Bagley-Trotter liked using the three pitchers during this game.
“My concern is, I wanted to make sure to give Lexi and Olivia innings,” Trotter said. “They haven’t thrown in a while, and both of them need some more game situations. We started Kaili to get us into things, and since we scored early, it made that transition easier.”
With all the runs coming in the first inning, freshman Brea Blanton nailed her second home run in her young career, a three-run blast, that gave the Griffons all the scoring they’d need to win.
Blanton felt pretty good about hitting the home run in this game.
“Yeah I didn’t know it’d be a home run. I originally thought it’d be a double, score some runs, but I’ll take a home run,” Blanton said.
Kinnaird, while getting the win in this game, is just happy to see the team playing, and playing well as a team.
“Well with all the cancellations, it’s nice to actually play a game,” Kinnaird said. “Games are more fun than practice, and it’s nice to see our team gel together, and we looked really solid out there.”
Olivia Goodale was able to get her second save of the season. This one a two inning three strikeout save. Emma Hoffart scored Morgan Frost off of an RBI single, and with the home run by Blanton, that’s all the Griffons would need to win.
Trotter was specifically happy with Frost over these last few games.
“Morgan has been swinging a hot bat, and she’s not gonna get cheated,” Trotter said. “She’s probably the one kid in our lineup that no matter where the ball is thrown, she’s swinging hard.”
All of this coming after a massive flu that traveled through the softball team, taking no mercy. Kinnaird was one of the sadly infected.
“Yeah, I wasn’t one of them that threw up on the bus, but I was sick for a couple of days, 3-4 days after that,” Kinnaird said.
Blanton got lucky and didn’t get sick, although her laptop wasn’t as lucky.
“Yeah I got thrown up on. I had my laptop open on my lap so that protected me from most of it, but yeah, I didn’t get sick the entire week,” Blanton said.
Next up, Missouri Western travels to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on Saturday to face the Riverhawks of Northeastern State (9-10), and then on Sunday travel to Edmond, Oklahoma, to face a tough Central Oklahoma team (16-1).