Ellis - Softball

Softball celebrating after a their 10-9 win over Illinois-Springfield, their final win of the shortened season. 

Both the softball and baseball seasons ended early, but there was still plenty of ball to look back on during the shortened season. 

By the end of both seasons, both baseball and softball were looking good.

Baseball was able to win its first series of the year in a three-game sweep of Rogers state, while softball ended the season winning seven of its last eight games. 

By the end of the season, baseball sat at 8-15 while softball sat at 13-9.

In their 23 games, Griffon baseball had a couple of standout performers. Junior Andrew Meier had a .390 batting average in his 23 starts where he hit eight doubles, a triple and two home runs. He also batted in 18 runs and walked 11 times.

Junior Reid Briney hit a .347 batting average with a home run and nine runs batted in. Junior Ben Tsui led the team in home runs with four, while also hitting a .282 average in 18 games played, 12 started.

True freshman Justin Wood started five games as a pitcher and appeared in seven, throwing a 5.10 ERA in 30 innings. Kyle Heckenbach led the team with a 3.38 ERA on the year and he limited batters to a .200 average. 

One thing that plagued the Griffons all year was the first inning. On the year, opponents outscored the Griffons 33-6 in the first inning. Missouri Western also had a 3-9 record when opponents scored in the first. 

A lot of players on Griffon baseball are younger players like Wood and will have another chance to show themselves next baseball season.

Griffon softball was in the middle of a hot streak when the season came to an end, again winners of seven of their last eight, the team was getting hot at the right time. 

Of their nine losses, eight of them were by two runs or less with the last one being a three-point loss. 

Sophomore Sydni Hawkins was easily the best player for Griffon softball, hitting a .425 average and three home runs, both leading the team. She also reached second on a hit six times, and she batted in 20 runs. Hawkins was a co-MIAA player of the week in the final week of the season. 

Sophomore Taylor Hoelscher was close behind Hawkins in batting average, hitting .412 in 22 games. She also had nine doubles, 16 RBIs and had a slugging percentage of .618. 

The team was consistent as well, with five starters being able to play all 22 games of the season.

Junior Kelly Uthe was the ace of the squad this year, throwing a 2.58 ERA in 65 innings over nine starts and 15 appearances. She was also able to complete five of her nine starts.

Junior Kaili Hinds also pitched well on the mound, although early in the year she had some walking issues. She ended the season with a 2.86 ERA over 75 innings and 12 starts. Of those 12 starts she completed six of them. She also led the staff with 42 strikeouts.

While these two seasons were cut short, there were some good players on the field this spring and they left it all out on that field. Softball and baseball will return to the field next spring, hoping to pick up on the hot streaks they ended with.

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