Softball team gets home split with Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls and Wayne State split an NSIC softball doubleheader Wednesday at the Chapman Complex, with the visitors taking the opener 9-6 and the Wildcats claiming a 10-7 decision in the nightcap.

In the opener, Sioux Falls scored single runs in the first and second inning to take an early 2-0 lead before the Wildcats came back to score five in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a grand slam homer by Emily Chandler, to take a 5-2 advantage.

Sioux Falls came back with a two-run double in the fourth and a solo homer in the fifth to tie the game, then added two solo homers in the sixth to take a 7-5 advantage.

The Wildcats cut the deficit in half on Jordyn Breitbarth’s seventh homer of the season, a solo shot to center in the sixth, but the Cougars aded a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, thanks to a two-run homer by Kerrigan Hoshaw, to close out the scoring.

Katelyn Wobken had two hits to lead the Wildcat effort, while Rachel Shumaker and Annie Grammar both added hits. Riley Vanderveen took the loss in relief of Maddie Moser.

Sioux Falls rode the late first-game momentum to a 4-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap before the Wildcats rallied. Wobken hit a three-run homer in the second inning Ashley Hernandez added a two-run double in the fourth, and two Cougar errors brought home two more Wayne State runs in the fifth to make it a 7-4 game.

Wayne State got three more runs in the fifth, using an error and a two-run double by Baylee Rial to take a 10-4 lead. Sioux Falls hit a three-run homer in the sixth, but that was as close as they would get as Moser closed out the game to pick up the save in relief of Vanderveen.

The Wildcats (11-2, 5-9 NSIC) are scheduled to be at home this weekend hosting Northern State Saturday at 1 p.m. and MSU Moorhead Sunday at 12 p.m. Wayne State College will have further updates on the status of those games available on their website at www.wscwildcats.com.

The Wayne Herald

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