Lady Warriors Split Games on Opening Day of GPAC Tourney

FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University softball opened up play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball Tournament on Friday afternoon going 1-1 at Christensen Field in Fremont. The Warriors dropped their first game of the day to Mount Marty College by a score of 6-1 before responding with a 6-2 victory over Dakota Wesleyan University in the final game of the day out at Christensen Field.

In the other games in the Midland Bracket of the tournament, Dordt College earned pair of wins. They defeated Dakota Wesleyan 3-2 in the opening game of the day and then the Defenders beat Mount Marty 9-1.

Midland outhit the Lancers in game one but were unable to bring their baserunners around, leaving nine runners on base. Their lone run was scored Katlin Anders double in the 1st that brought in Andrea Cespedes to make it 1-0.

They would hold that lead until Kelsey Mitera hit a three-run home run off of Jaylee Hinrichs in the top of the 5th. Hinrichs would get roughed up again in the 6th as she allowed a solo homer to Jennifer Mitera.

It wasn’t all gloomy for Hinrichs on the day. She struck out nine batters in the first game, moving into first place in season strikeouts in school history.

Game two saw Hinrichs in the circle once again as she continued to sit down opposing hitters. Against Dakota Wesleyan she had 14 strikeouts, tying her season-high, while pitching a complete game.

Offensively the Warriors gave their ace more run support as they scored six runs, all in the first four innings. Sierra Athow led the way with three hits and two RBI. She also scored once. Cespedes, Anders, Bobbi Singleton, and Bailey Hartman each had an RBI as well.

Midland (30-13) will move on to an elimination game tomorrow. They’ll get a second chance at Mount Marty (14-22) at 12:00 p.m. at Christensen Field. Dordt (24-18) awaits the winner at 2:00 p.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. if the Warriors or Lancers can take the first game. Dakota Wesleyan’s season comes to an end with a 15-25 record.