DODGE CITY, Kan. – Behind a strong pitching performance and thanks to timely hits (RV) Midland University is advancing into the winner’s bracket after a 1-0 win over No. 11 University of Jamestown. The two future conference rivals were deadlocked through six inning before the Warriors broke open the game with a run in the top of the final inning.
Jaylee Hinrichs pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout as Midland improved to 35-15 on the season. She had a perfect game through four innings before hitting a Jimmie batter to lead off the inning. She would recover and set the next two batters before catcher Katlin Anders gunned down the potential base stealer.
In the sixth Jamestown led off with their first hit and moved her to third on an error and an infield groundout. However Hinrichs would strike out two Jimmies in the inning to end the threat. She would sit down 12 batters on the day.
Before their big double to lead off the seventh, Midland threatened a couple of times with runners on base. They got a two-out single in the first, a one-out single in the fourth and one-out double in the sixth. The Warriors just missed that second hit of an inning until the seventh.
In the final inning, Bobbi Singleton hit a deep shot to the left center gap. Off the bat it looked like it might have the distance to carry over the fence but it hung up a little too long and one hopped the wall for a double. Tessa Kinart would come on to run for the Warriors’ designated player.
Up next was Bailey Hartman who placed a perfect bunt down the first base line to move the runner to third. Then after an infield pop out, Alexis Oden ripped a shot down the left field line that scored Kinart. She legged out the hit for a double, just beating the throw into second base.
The Warriors were unable to add to their lead but one run was enough for Hinrichs to pick up her 23rd win of the season. She struck out the first two batters before Alexis Oden squeezed the final out on a fly ball to right field.
“It was a similar game to others we’ve played in the past few weeks,” head coach Mike Heard commented. “Jaylee threw a heck of a game and Katlin caught a great game. I thought the offense started having a better approach starting in the fourth of fifth inning and found a way to score later in the game.”
Midland (35-15) will square off with top-seeded No. 5-ranked University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (51-5) on Tuesday in the Dodge City Bracket of the NAIA Softball Opening Round. The two teams met earlier in the year, when the Drovers defeated the Warriors 12-3 on March 3 in Wichita, Kansas.