Traveling south for sunshine and 75-degree weather, the Waldorf College softball team put together a pair of dominant wins over Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College on Monday.
“For the first time being outside, our ladies had a fantastic day,” Waldorf coach Denny Gilbertson said.
The Warriors (10-0) remained undefeated, winning by scores of 21-1 and 19-2.
Waldorf cranked out 22 hits in the opener against the Lady Saints (3-9). Carla Smith led the way with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate.
Kathryn Nieman went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs for the Warriors. Kendra Wedl finished 3-for-5 and Kalie DePold went 3-for-3 while driving in four runs.
Marisa Donnelly earned the win. Donnelly (4-0) tossed a two-hitter and struck out five batters.
Kate Martino, Maggie Hawley and Nieman powered Waldorf to the win with home runs.
Ashley Brandt, Maggie Eden, Corteney Torrez, Courtney Palmer and Hawley provided two hits apiece as the Warriors collected 18 hits.
Hawley (6-0) scored the win. She allowed just one hit and fanned five while working the first three innings.
Michelle Eden closed out the final two innings.
Opening the four-game series strong, Waldorf looks to carry momentum into tomorrow’s 1 p.m. doubleheader.
“We swung the bats extremely well,” Gilbertson said. “We were able to get all of our players significant playing time in each game. We are hoping for another solid day.”