Tiger softball team splits in S.C.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Iowa Wesleyan softball team split in their doubleheader in Myrtle Beach S.C. on Tuesday. The Tigers blasted Centenary College of New Jersey 13-0, but fell 6-3 against Mt. Aloysius College.

The Tigers only needed five innings to take out Centenary. IW scored two runs in the first inning, seven in the second and four in the third.

Morgan Christner started things outw with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first. Ashley Machholz scored on a passed ball later in the inning.

The Tigers loaded up the bases in the second inning. Machholz came up to the late and drew a walk for the first of seven runs in the inning. Allison Daum brought home a pair with a two-RBI single. Christner followed with an RBI single of her own. Alex Eyman scored Daum with an RBI single. Taylor Johnson knocked one in on a fielder’s choice, and Eyman scored the seventh run on a passed ball.

In the third inning, Emmy Rodriquez scored on a fielding error. Kayla Ford scored on a passed ball later in the inning. Machholz, who reached base on a passed ball strikeout, scored on another passed ball, and McKenna Woolery made it 13-0 with an RBI single.

Christner was in the circle for the Tigers, throwing five shutout innings and striking out 12 batters. She gave up just three hits in the win.

The Tigers fell behind early in their loss to Mt. Aloysius. The Mounties scored the first five runs of the game, one in eh first and four in the second.

IW cut the lead to 5-2 with a two-RBI single by Mckenzie Copher. Mt. Aloysius scored another run in the top of the fifth, but Ford cut it down to 6-3 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.

The Tigers had two runners on with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning, still trailing by three runs. IW couldn’t score either run, however, and the Mounties escaped with the win.

Emma McDanel threw all seven innings in the loss. She gave up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits and three walks, while striking out three batters.

IW is playing three games today (Thursday) and two more on Friday, March 15. The Tigers will have a weeklong break after Friday’s games and jump into conference play on Saturday, March 23, at Principia.