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Cavaliers split a pair of softball games

Softball combats cancer Cavaliers split a pair of softball games
Sherri Watson | 15 April, 2018, 23:08

A non-scheduled game on Thursday had the Cavaliers traveling to Southwestern to meet the Piasa Birds.

The visiting Vikings (3-2, 8-3) won in dramatic fashion as Maddie Larson launched a three-run homer over the left-center-field wall in the top of the eighth inning to give Montgomery the victory, ending a two-game skid and keeping the Vikings in the top half of the NBL standings.

Jordyn Houseman reached on a third strike wild pitch, scoring on a groundout by Emma Griffith.

It wasn't until the bottom of the 12th when King singled up the middle to put a man on base, followed by sophomore Bryce Kelley who singled to left to put runners in scoring position.

The Retrievers' offense was much more active in the first game of the double header, jumping out to a three-run lead in the bottom of the third. Jaden Bender 1-4, R. Cassidi Nuckols 1-3, 3B, RBI, 3 R. Maddy Foellner 2-5, RBI, R. Sindra Gerdes 2-3, HR, 4 RBIs, 4 R. Mallorie Ecker 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R. Jolee Hastings 1-4, 2 RBIs. Nuckols tripled with an RBI and three runs scored. Freshman Saige Pye took a pitch to the body to load the bases. Tieman and Kaganich both reached base and would score on RBIs from Cania and Houseman.

Ashley Platek picked up the win after allowing seven hits and one earned run during the first five frames.

Campbell's bid for a third straight ideal game ended in the second with a walk, but she retired 11 of the first 12 batters before allowing the first hit to Tara Lanham.

Masuk jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning as leadoff batter Erica Pullen walked and Megan McFarland hit a one-out single. Senior Taylor Weaver tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out five.

Wilkerson was the leading hitter, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI.

The Raiders had seven hits and three errors in the game while the Jayhawks racked up 11 hits with four errors.

At Carlinville, the Cavies first home game in a while Friday resulted in a conference loss to the multi-talented Gillespie Miners. However, it was an entirely different story for the Hawks as they scored early in the first inning. Kufta then smashed her second homer of the year, putting a ball over the fence in left center to clear the bases. An error would eventually make way for a run in the inning, before a solo shot in the top of the second pushed the visitors to a 2-0 edge.

The Panthers scored five runs in the sixth inning. Abby Baez drew a walk but was forced for the second out. Greenville scored three runs of senior Anna McKee in the third to trim the lead to 8-3. Lexi Bates tripled and then stole home for the Cavies lone tally.

The Pirates padded their lead in the fifth inning, bringing in four runs. "Our girls competed hard and had the lead most of the game, but we couldn't overcome a couple of defensive miscues and a questionable call".

Erin Thompson, who had three hits, including a home run and four RBIs against Proctor, was intentionally walked twice, singled and had a sac fly.