Sioux City (Courtesy Briar Cliff) – Charger softball dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Doane Tigers Sunday afternoon at Bishop Mueller Field in Sioux City. The Cliff was shutout in game one and fell 1-0 and gave up four runs in the second contest, falling 4-1.
The only run of the first game came in the top of the second inning. Blaire Edeal put the ball in play and teammate Jordan Van Roy reached home on an error by BC’s second baseman Sarah Kach. Summer Williams had the chance to tie the game for the Cliff in the third frame but was tagged out at home.
“The team hung in there today,” said head coach Erin Bly. “We just have to keep working on adjusting at the plate earlier in the game.”
Alayna Allen pitched a full seven innings in the loss, striking out two and allowing three walks and three hits. Williams and Brooklyn Barnett each went 1-for-2 at the plate in game one.
Josie Schnakenberg earned the win for the tigers, also pitching all seven innings. She struck out four batters, walked one and gave up two hits. Tayler Mashburn went 1-for-2 in her at bats.
In game two, the Tigers put the winning run on the board in the top of the first inning on a bases-loaded walk. Doane doubled its lead with a similar situation in the fourth inning. The visitors added a run in the fifth.
BC scored in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Summer Williams to send home Johanna Vaske from third base but could not mount a comeback against the Tigers. Doane tacked on its final run in the seventh inning.
Lanae Shiley started the second game in the pitcher’s circle for the Chargers and takes the loss. She allowed three hits and four walks and had no strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. Alayna Allen finished the fourth inning (.2 innings) and Williams pitched the final three innings (two hits, one walk, no strikeouts).
Doane is now 11-13 on the season and 3-3 in the GPAC. The Cliff moves to 7-15 and 2-4 in conference play. The Chargers will host Northwestern Tuesday afternoon at Bishop Mueller Field in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.