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Softball Picks up Win Against Mavericks

South Dakota faced off against the Omaha Mavericks at home from April 13-14.First, the teams played in a double header on Apr. 13 at noon and 2.

In game one, both teams started out slow until Omaha scored their first run at the top of the sixth inning when graduate catcher Sydney Ross singled into left field allowing junior infielder Sydney Thomason to score. 

The Mavericks extended their lead to 3-0 at the top of the seventh inning. First, graduate Lynsey Tucker singled to center field which brought in senior utility Jaelle Johnson. Later in the inning, junior Maggie O’Brien singled up the middle bringing in Tucker. 

The Coyotes wouldn’t score and lost 3-0. 

The Coyotes’ freshman pitcher McKenna Young recorded her 50th strikeout for the Coyotes at the top of the seventh inning as she pitched a complete game. 

For the Mavericks, graduate pitcher Kamryn Meyer also pitched a complete game while allowing five hits and four strikeouts. 

In game two, both teams tallied runs right away with Omaha adding two runs at the top of the first. Senior infielder Alex Olson reached base on an error committed by the Coyotes which also brought in O’Brien from third.  

The Mavericks brought in another run as Johnson was walked with the bases loaded, bringing in sophomore outfielder Ava Rongisch. 

South Dakota responded with a run at the end of the first inning as sophomore infielder Delaney White doubled to score senior outfielder Gabby Moser.

Omaha added two more runs at the start of the sixth inning as Olson doubled to right field bringing in Ross. 

The second run was scored after senior infielder Olivia Aden reached on a fielder’s choice as the Coyotes’ infielder Rylie Jones threw to home trying to get the scoring run of Olson out. The throw from Jones was in time however, the Coyotes’ senior catcher Klara Cejkova-Kolaci was called for catcher interference.  

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Coyotes answered back as junior pitcher Clara Edwards doubled to bring in White.

The Mavericks added another run in the seventh as Johnson was walked with the bases loaded bringing in freshman Sammy Schmidt from third. 

The Coyotes did not score in the bottom of the seventh inning ending the game 5-2. 

The losing pitcher was Edwards as she went six innings pitched allowing seven hits, four runs, one earned run, two walks and six strikeouts.  

Edwards was relieved by sophomore pitcher Madi Mangulis who pitched 0.1 innings allowing two hits, one run, one earned run, two walks and one wild pitch. She was relieved by senior pitcher Kori Wedeking who pitched 0.2 innings. 

For Omaha, their winning pitcher was senior Sydney Nuismer who pitched a complete game allowing three hits, two earned runs, four walks and three strikeouts.  

In the third and final game, South Dakota scored five runs in the first inning. White started the scoring for the team as she singled into left field which brought in senior infielder Alivia Conte. 

Senior outfielder Alexia Terrazas singled through the first and second baseman which brought in Moser from third. 

With the bases loaded, freshman outfielder Autumn Iversen brought in White as she popped up to center field. 

The final run was scored when junior infielder Rylie Jones hit a single and brought in both Terrazas and Edwards.

The Mavericks scored their single run in the top of third as Johnson was walked with the bases loaded bringing in O’Brien. 

Neither team were able to score for the rest of the game leaving the final score 5-1 in favor of South Dakota. 

The losing pitcher was Omaha freshman Tatum Montelongo as she pitched 0.2 innings allowing four hits, five earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. 

Montelongo was relieved by Meyer who pitched 2.1 innings, Nuismer who pitched 2.0 and senior Abby Flanagan who pitched 1.0 innings. 

For the Coyotes, they used two pitchers with Wedeking starting the day and going 2.1 innings. She was then relieved by the winning pitcher of the day Young who pitched 4.2 innings allowing two hits, one walk and striking out four batters. 

The Coyote softball team will play next against St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn, on April 20-21. The first of three games against the Tommies will kick off at noon.