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Although the softball team did not have the luxury of having game-like scrimmages against different schools around the area this fall, they were still fortunate enough to be able to compete against themselves. Head coach Jennifer Trotter was glad that they were able to have some sort of comp… READ MORE

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Missouri Western’s softball team took the short trip to Topeka, Kansas, this weekend to compete in the Emporia State Classic. READ MORE

As an athlete, transferring to a new college in a new state away from home can be challenging, but for Missouri Western State University senior softball LF Morgan Frost, it’s been a home run. Frost has made a major impact for the Griffons in her two seasons so far, both on the field and in […] READ MORE

In her 18th season, Missouri Western softball coach Jen Bagley Trotter has accomplished something no other softball coach in the history of the MIAA has, win 615 games. Over the weekend on March 23, 2019, Missouri Western beat No. 22 ranked Winona 1-0 making Bagley Trotter the all-time wins leader in MIAA softball history. After […] READ MORE

By: Morgan Doyle Trailing by three in the third inning, Gabi Carter hit a two-run home run that opened up the Griffons’ offense and led them to their fourth win in their past five games. Missouri Western beat the Northern State Wolves 6-4 on Thursday afternoon in the first game of the 2019 HyVee Classic […] READ MORE

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 […] READ MORE

Emma Hoffart was determined not to let the weather get to her as softball split the weekend going 2-2 moving their record to 6-4. The Griffons third baseman went 9-12 over the weekend, scoring four runs and batting in five runs. She also added in two stolen bases and two walks. The first game was […] READ MORE

The season starts a week earlier, and they may have to practice indoors, but the Missouri Western softball team is making the most of every single practice moment.   Kenzie Hilzer, a junior pitcher out of Altoona, Iowa, talks about one of the main struggles of practicing indoors.   “The ball bounces different in here, […] READ MORE

In another strong home showing in conference play, Missouri Western softball went 3-1 over the weekend, sweeping Fort Hays State and splitting with Nebraska-Kearney. Western started off the weekend by taking on the Tigers of Fort Hays State University. In game one, after failing to move anyone across the first inning, Western proceeded to score […] READ MORE

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The Missouri Western softball team saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end against Hawaii Pacific on Monday with a 5-4 loss in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The loss dropped the Griffons to 16-4 early in the season.  Western would begin this past Thursday with a doubleheader against Chaminade University. It was obvious that the Griffons […] READ MORE

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The Griffons won five out of six games in their third and final weekend in Arkansas at the UAM 8-State Classic tournament. Western found themselves in a close game with Minnesota State University of Manatanko to open the tournament. After a 1-1 stalemate for most of the game, senior Katie Klosterman blasted a two-run home run […] READ MORE

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The story of the underdog has always been adored by the world and is constantly a major focus in Hollywood. Whether the underdog wins it all or falls short of the ultimate goal, the story becomes a legend. In 1982, Griffon softball wrote their own underdog story, eventually leading to a NAIA national championship victory. […] READ MORE

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After busting out the brooms against the Washburn Ichabods, the Griffons claimed the MIAA Championship on Friday and capped the weekend off with a sweep of the Emporia State Hornets. Western was 9-1 in their last 10 games heading into the Washburn double header, but head coach Jen Trotter knew that they could not underestimate […] READ MORE

The No. 15 Griffons split the season series with rival Northwest Bearcats last week as they went 1-1 during the Thursday double-header. Head coach Jen Trotter knows that both teams have been equally matched this season. “Playing Northwest [shows] just how evenly matched our two teams are,” Trotter said. “We’ve faced each other four times […] READ MORE

The No. 18 Griffons captured sole possession of first place in the MIAA after they swept both Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State over the weekend. Western began their rise to first with two dominating wins over the Lions on Friday by a score of 10-2 and 10-1. In game one the Griffons sent the first […] READ MORE

The Griffons began their three-school six game road trip last Friday with a double header against the Lindenwood Lions, followed by a double header against the Lincoln Blue Tigers and ended Tuesday with a double header against the rival Northwest Bearcats. Head coach Jen Trotter felt confident about her team’s position going into the road […] READ MORE

To wrap up spring break the Griffons took five of six games during the Apple Market Softball Classic last weekend. Before the tournament even started head coach Jen Trotter was notified that star pitchers Janie Smith and Shyanne Saladino both came down with the flu. Both pitchers stuck it out and helped Western go 5-1 […] READ MORE

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Western wrapped up their last pre-conference tournament last weekend going 2-2 during the Teri-Mathis Zenner Memorial Tournament in Joplin, Mo. Game one against the Drury University Panthers was all about the Griffons. Western struck first in the first inning when designated hitter Taylor Hamilton drove in center fielder Morgan Rathmann off of a single. That […] READ MORE

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Head softball coach Jen Trotter made it to the 500 win milestone after the Griffons defeated McKendree University in the last game of the Teri-Mathis Zenner Memorial Tournament over the weekend. Trotter admits that the day meant a lot to her. “It’s been pretty neat, [Sunday] was a pretty special day,” Trotter said. “It’s fun […] READ MORE

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Head softball coach Jen Trotter made it to the 500 win milestone after the Griffons defeated McKendree University in the last game of the Teri… READ MORE

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The No. 16 Griffons picked up four wins with two shut outs out of five games in the Kelly LAAS Invite over the weekend. Head coach Jen Trotter believes that all-around solid play from the Griffons led to their success. “We pitched well, we played very good defense and our offense did what we needed […] READ MORE

Although half of the UAM 8-State Classic was cancelled, the Griffons found success in winning two of their three games. Head coach Jen Trotter believes the season will change once the team plays at a high level every game. “This last weekend, we were able to make some big plays and kind of play with […] READ MORE

The Ronnie Hawkins Invitational held some ups and downs for the Griffons as they left the season opening tournament with a 2-2 record. On day one, Western faced the Harding University Bison, defeating them 7-5, and lost to the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers 5-6. Day two was similar to day one with the Griffons falling […] READ MORE

Coach Jen Trotter and the Missouri Western softball team get their season started Feb. 6 in Arkadelphia, Ark. The team will take on Harding University at 11 a.m. followed by a matchup with Ouachita Baptist University. Even with the loss of a few key players, Trotter says that there is plenty of talent on her team. […] READ MORE

Missouri Western has inducted three more former student-athletes into their Hall of Fame. Amy Beverly, Nicole Lindsey-Collier and Eric “Ebo” Walker make up the 2015 class. They were inducted on Friday evening, before receiving their Hall of Fame rings at halftime of the Western’s 26-21 win over Fort Hays State. Eric “Ebo” Walker, Football (1999-2002) […] READ MORE

The Griffons wrapped up their last two road series of the season, sweeping both Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State, to increase their record to 32-14 overall. Western found themselves in close games all weekend, winning three games by one run and one game by two runs. A streak of close games proved the team’s resilience […] READ MORE

Griffon softball showed consistency in making their streak 16 in a row beating the Lincoln Lions. The Griffons have been on a row lately, and they didn’t stop sweeping the Lions in the series. The Griffons currently have an overall record of 25-9 and are 10-2 in the MIAA. The Lincoln Blue Tigers now have an overall record […] READ MORE

The softball team has won 17 of the last 18 games going into a Friday doubleheader in Hays, Kansas, against a 17-14 Fort Hays State team. The Tigers have been very up-and-down of late, earning a split with a 22-11 Central Oklahoma squad last week, but also splitting with Northeastern State, whose record is below 14-18 this […] READ MORE

The Griffons seem invincible during the month of March as they push their win streak to 12 games after going 6-0 during the Apple Market Classic. During the Western hosted tournament, the team outscored opponents 36-5 on their way to six straight tournament wins, which improved their overall record to 21-9. Head coach Jen Bagley-Trotter […] READ MORE

The Griffons showed true talent in Tuesday’s doubleheader against rival Bearcats. Game one kicked off at 2 p.m. Janie Smith was in the circle for Missouri Western. The front end of the doubleheader was a pitcher’s duel. Western’s Smith was throwing lights out, but so was Northwest’s Sarah Baldwin. Both pitched the full game, but […] READ MORE

After playing in three nonconference tournaments, the Griffons will finally face a familiar opponent as they begin their conference play against the Northeastern State RiverHawks. In Western’s previous nonconference tournament, the LAAS Memorial, the team pitched a shutout in the opener, defeating Concordia-St. Paul 3-0. However, they went on to lose three out of the […] READ MORE

The Griffon softball team traveled north last weekend to St. Cloud,Minnesota. The Griffs played a five-game set and ended up going 2-3. All the games were played at St. Cloud State University’s campus in the Husky Dome, so the frigid Minnesota temperatures were avoided at game time. Missouri Western headed up to St. Cloud for […] READ MORE

The Griffons travel to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for the NSIC/MIAA Crossover on Thursday to improve their 5-4 record before beginning conference play. Previously, Western played in the 8-State Classic where they won two games against Truman State and Quincy University and lost two games to Minnesota Duluth and Southern Arkansas. On Thursday, the Griffons kick […] READ MORE

Griffon softball opened up the 2015 season on the road in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, at the Henderson State Tournament. Saturday, Feb. 7, Western faced off against the host school Henderson State. First baseman Paige Shifflett opened the top of the second inning with a solo homer to left field. Shifflett went 1 of 3 in the […] READ MORE

  Missouri Western’s softball team is gearing up to face a fierce rival in Northeastern State University at home Friday, on April 25. The double-header, with games at 4:oo p.m. and 6:00 p.m., will be a tough fight for the team. Tiffany Gillaspy, junior infielder, is both cautious and optimistic about Northeastern. “They are a […] READ MORE

The Griffon softball season is coming to a close as Western prepares to welcome the  Central Oklahoma Bronchos to the Spring Sports Complex. UCO and Western double-header will be the last two games of the regular season. The Bronchos are 36-12 overall and 19-3 in MIAA play. They have also claimed a permanent spot in […] READ MORE

She is the ultimate player and the ultimate friend. Infielder Tiffany Gillaspy is someone her teammates can trust, both on and off the field. Gillaspy hails from Johnston, Iowa, and she grew up in a competitive family. When she was younger, she attended her older brother games, and decided that she wanted to pick up […] READ MORE

Missouri Western will be on the road this weekend to play two double-headers against Lincoln and Lindenwood. Riding on a six-game winning streak going into Tuesday’s non-conference double-header against rival Northwest, the Griffons are keeping their expectations high going into the weekend. “Both teams are teams that we have to make sure we’re playing our […] READ MORE