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Aggie Softball Takes a Fall in Fort Worth

Released by Panhandle State Aggie Athletics on 02/12/2018 Beverly Hintergardt photo (2017) Beverly Hintergardt photo (2017)

Fort Worth, Texas—Frigid temperatures and cold bats were the theme of the weekend for the Panhandle State Aggies softball team on Friday, Feb. 9 during their three opening games of the Cowtown Classic.

Originally scheduled for five games total, softball action was cancelled on Saturday due to wintery conditions, losing scheduled contests versus Columbia College and Bellevue University. Play started on Friday with Kansas Wesleyan (2-7), ended with Briar Cliff (3-5), and included one game in between versus Ottawa (3-4). While all games were close and competitive, the team just could not put enough together to pull out a win over the weekend. The Aggies now hold an overall record of 1-6 through the first two weekends of the season.

Game one on Friday was started by Julia Ibarra, who got out of the first inning unscathed by the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan. However the second inning was not as kind to the Aggies as KWU put up five runs. While Ibarra and the defense settled down for the rest of the game, only giving up two runs, the offense never really got the Aggies back into it. The team was able to put up eight hits compared to the Coyotes' nine, but the ladies never could piece a big inning together, putting up single runs in the sixth and seventh. Brooklyn Bolton went 2-4 with an RBI and Jaylinn Reyes scored one run and drove in one run.

Game two definitely got off to a faster start versus the Braves of Ottawa University, with the Aggies scoring two runs in the top of the first. Bolton and Jewell Lee crossed home plate during the inning. Emily Worley started the game for Panhandle State, giving up three runs on six hits during three innings of work. In the top of the third Reyes scored on a sacrifice fly by Jena Konieczka, and at the end of three the score was locked 3-3. Lindsay Jacob entered the game in the fourth inning and pitched well, only giving up one earned run on three hits over three innings of work. Unfortunately the Aggies could not put another run across from the third inning on and suffered their second loss of the day.

Game three started after 9:30 p.m. to finish a 14 hour marathon day for the Aggies. Briar Cliff scored runs in the first, third, and fourth innings as Panhandle State found themselves down 5-0 through five innings. That was when the Aggies fought back and made the game interesting in the sixth. An RBI by Konieczka scoring Bolton was shortly followed up by a two-run single by Chrislyn Dovers, scoring Reyes and Haleigh Scott. However, after making the score 5-3 the Aggies just didn't have enough gas left in the tank to finish the comeback, eventually falling by the same score. Lindsay took the loss for Panhandle, giving up five earned runs over ten hits.

The softball team is off until their home opener series this weekend, starting with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. versus McPherson College on Saturday, Feb. 18. Two more games follow on Sunday starting at noon.