Missouri Western’s softball team took the short trip to Topeka, Kansas, this weekend to compete in the Emporia State Classic.
They had a loaded schedule this weekend, playing two games on Friday, two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. The weekend started hot with a 7-3 win over Concordia State, they rallied for five runs in the 6th inning to storm back and take the win.
Kelly Uthe carried the Griffon bats, recording two knocks and three runs batted in. Just a short stint after they won game one, the Jen Bagley-coached Griffons took on Minnesota State and did not bring the same fortune. Missouri Western's offense was held quiet for 6 innings and when they finally came to life, it was too little too late.
They entered the seventh and final inning trailing 4-0, and even after Sophomore Taylor Hoeslcher tripled in a pair that only brought the Griffons within two and was ultimately not enough to spark another late comeback, Missouri Western fell 4-2.
The Griffons entered Saturday 1-1 and lined up to face the Maryville Saints from Saint Louis, Missouri.
Maryville struck first on a two run single in the first inning. After clawing to cut the lead in half, the Saints extended it once again with a solo home run, but that was all for Maryville’s offense. Two in the third and an insurance run in the fifth sealed a needed 4-3 victory. Uthe picked up the win and Olivia Goodale notched the save.
The Griffons then faced Minnesota Duluth in a slugfest that lasted 10 innings. Minnesota Duluth was about as consistent as they could be, they scored one run in each of the first six innings, another in the eighth, and then sparked for three runs in the 10th.
For Missouri Western, it hung in there and sent jabs back — two in the first, four in the fifth and then one a piece in the eighth and tenth gave them eight, but it did not match Duluth’s 10.
Emma Hoffart logged three doubles for the Griffons in the losing effort. A tough loss on Saturday afternoon gave way to another two games on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Griffons dropped both.
First was the University of Sioux Falls from South Dakota. In just three hits, the Griffons capitalized with two runs, but this wasn’t enough to handle Sioux Falls three runs all coming in the fifth inning. Sydni Hawkins tallied the only RBI for the Griffons and was quite possibly the only bright spot for Missouri Western’s offense.
The last chance of the weekend came against Wayne State, and much to the displeasure of Griffon Nation, it was the same result, a one run loss. Missouri Western held a 3-1 lead for the most of the game, but once again, a comeback went against the Griffons. Wayne State tallied 3 runs in the sixth inning to knock off Missouri Western.
MWSU went 2-4 on the weekend and falls to 3-7 on the young season. They head to Joplin this upcoming weekend to participate in the Teri Mathis-Zenner Memorial Tournament before MIAA play starts in Maryville, Missouri, on March 6 against the Bearcats.