The Baker Orange

Softball loses six games in Dallas

Story by Levi Blaylock, Writer

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The Wildcats took to the road over the weekend, traveling to Mansfield, Texas, for the Lubbock Christian Tournament. This weekend proved to be a task for the Wildcats as they played six games in two days and finished with an 0-6 record. The Wildcats are now 1-9 on the season.

The Wildcats started the tournament Saturday with games against Midwestern State, Bethany and Oklahoma City. The first day of games showed signs that the Wildcats were in for a rough weekend. They were outscored 30-11 in those three games.

Baker fell to Midwestern State 10-0. The Wildcats only hit safely two times, with hits from junior Cari Vollenweider and freshman Stephanie Cardona. Baker’s offense was much better in the next game two games but Baker still lost 10-6 to Bethany and 10-5 to Oklahoma City. Juniors Mallorie Nelson and Ilona Miller hit a combined 8 for 16 in the second and third games with 3 runs batted in.

Sunday’s outcomes didn’t change much for the Wildcats. They finished with three more losses against Cameron, Texas Wesleyan and Panhandle State. The Wildcats were outscored 25-10 in the three games combined.

The bats stayed cold for Baker in the first two games, losing to Cameron 9-1 and to Texas Wesleyan 7-2. Against Cameron, Baker only had six hits, but freshman Allie Zahn went 2 for 3. In the Texas Wesleyan game, Baker had five hits from five different players.

Panhandle State was able to barely edge Baker 8-7 in eight innings in the game on Sunday. Senior Peyton Weekly and Cardona were the leaders for the Wildcats in this game, bringing in two runs each. Madison Nedved also pitched well for Baker, giving up only two hits in three innings.

The team has its home opener at noon on Saturday against McPherson College. The Wildcats will be hoping to turn this season around and start working toward a winning record after starting the season 1-9.