Owls, Pioneers Edge Warriors in Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic

The Waldorf University softball team fell short in a pair of tightly-contested battles during the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic on Wednesday.

William Woods University (12-9) pulled out an 8-7 victory over the Warriors (7-7) in the opening game while NCAA Division II’s Malone University (4-3) edged Waldorf in an 8-7 win.

Kennedy Vinchattle put together another big day for the Warriors. The junior shortstop from Boone finished 3-for-7 on the day with two home runs, a double and eight RBIs.

Vinchattle went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a solo homer in the opener. Junior Hattie Hupke (pictured above) also finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Senior Hailey Kofron and freshman Nichole Oberthien added two hits apiece while senior Trista Bures turned in an RBI single. Freshman Taylor Navratil and senior Brittani Sanchez contributed singles as Waldorf produced 11 hits.

Lindsay Van Tress led William Woods, collecting a pair of doubles and driving in a run. Hannah Campbell went 2-for-3 with an RBI single. Amanda Bouchey also added two hits, including a double. The Owls closed out the game with 11 hits.

Bre Logan (5-1) claimed the win, striking out three batters in the final one and one-third innings.

Allison Waskow received the start inside the pitcher’s circle for William Woods. She notched two strikeouts, issued two walks and surrendered seven runs on 11 hits in five and two-thirds innings.

Waldorf junior Kaylie Brindley (4-4) was tagged with the loss. Brindley gave up a walk and allowed eight runs on 10 hits in five and two-thirds innings.

Junior McKenna Marcinkowski fanned one and walked one while yielding a hit as she closed out the final one-third inning for the Warriors.

The Owls struck first, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Beth Begemann singled in the game’s first run and Hillary Hentges belted a two-run single.

Hupke put Waldorf on the board in the third with an RBI sacrifice fly. Bures connected for an RBI single to pull the Warriors within one run.

Begemann drove in a run on a third-inning sac fly, giving William Woods a 4-2 lead.

Hupke cracked a run-scoring single in the fourth.

Van Tress smacked an RBI double in the fourth and Campbell singled to knock in a run, pushing the Owls to a 6-3 advantage.

Vinchattle went deep with a solo shot in the fifth.

Waldorf battled back, claiming a 7-6 lead behind a three-run sixth. Hupke helped ignite the comeback with an RBI single and Vinchattle put the Warriors on top with a two-run double.

Brailee Schulte lifted William Woods back in front for good, delivering a two-run single in the sixth.

Logan secured the win for the Owls, retiring the side in order during the seventh.

Sanchez paced Waldorf in the loss to Malone, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Bures also collected a pair of hits. Vinchattle crushed a grand slam and finished with five RBIs. Sophomore Madison Mason provided a single as the Warriors tallied six hits.

Malone’s Allyson Gruen plated a 2-for-4 performance and two RBIs. Caley Ritts notched two hits, including an RBI double. Ashley Beck contributed a double for the Pioneers, who cranked out nine hits.

Gruen (1-0) earned the win. She struck out two and gave up a hit while pitching the final two innings.

Malone’s Samantha Fruchey started in the circle and exited after four and one-third innings. She recorded two strikeouts, three walks and allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits. Isabella Roberts finished with a strikeout, two walks and yielded three runs on three hits while relieving for two-thirds of an inning.

Waldorf junior Briley Sullivan (3-3) was handed the loss. Sullivan struck out two, walked nine and relinquished eight runs on nine hits in six innings.

The Owls went in front during the bottom of the first following a run-scoring double from Ritts.

Kennedy Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk and Mikayla Fowler added an RBI sac fly in the second as the Pioneers built a three-run cushion.

Vinchattle drove in the first run of the game for the Warriors while reaching on an error in the fourth.

A two-run single from Gruen boosted Malone to a 5-1 lead during its half of the fourth.

Waldorf erupted for six runs in the fifth, putting together the offensive outburst with four hits. Sanchez produced a two-run double and Vinchattle later cleared the bases with a grand slam to give the Warriors a 7-5 lead. Vinchattle leads Waldorf with six homers on the season.

The Pioneers reclaimed the lead with a three-run fifth. Allison Mercado drove in a run with a groundout, Fowler ripped an RBI single and Madison Corrick knocked in the go-ahead run on a sac fly.

The Warriors close out their spring break trip with two matchups on Friday. Waldorf faces NCAA Division III’s Alderson Broaddus University (3-1) at 3:30 p.m. (EST) and squares off against NCAA Division II’s Ohio Valley University (3-6) at 5:30 p.m.

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