FREMONT, Neb. – After dropping their first game of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball Postseason Tournament, Midland University battled their way through the loser’s bracket to move into the GPAC Softball Championship Series. The Warriors had to win three back-to-back-to-back game on Saturday including two over No. 4-seed Dordt to advance to Monday’s games.
At noon they avenged their loss to Mount Marty to open the tournament with an 11-6 come from behind victory. They then beat Dordt in back to back games, 3-0 and 3-1.
Bailey Hartman was the hero of the first game as she put the Warriors on top with a sixth inning grand slam. She wasn’t the only Midland player to hit one over the fence though. Katlin Anders, Angela Brazil and Casey Keene all joined in on the long ball.
Keene hit a solo shot to lead off the 4th inning. Anders did likewise to start the 5th and Brazil blasted her solo homer after Hartman’s grand slam in the 6th when the Warriors scored seven runs to go from being down 6-4 to taking an 11-6 lead.
Jaylee Hinrichs, who came on in relief of Madison Plummer in the 4th, struck out two of the final three batters as she picked up her first win of the day.
Hinrichs earned the win in the final two games as well, going the distance in both games versus Dordt. She finished the day with 22 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run, in the final inning of the last game.
Midland (33-13) will host the GPAC Championship Series on Monday, May 7 in Fremont. They’ll take on (RV) Northwestern (33-10) who won the Morningside Bracket. The two teams, who split their regular season games, will begin a best two of three series at 11:00 a.m. out at Christensen Field.