Wildcats win final two, go 7-1 on Florida softball trip

The Wayne State softball team finished off their annual spring break trip to Florida with two wins Thursday to go 7-1 at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.

In Thursday morning’s opener, Wayne State took advantage of 14 walks and five fielding errors from Clarion (Pa.) to defeat the Golden Eagles 11-3.

Clarion struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead, but Wayne State tied the game in the second thanks to RBI singles by Taylor Menard and Morgan Vasa.

The Golden Eagles regained the lead in the third, but Wayne State responded with two in the fourth to take the lead for good, using four walks, two wild pitches and an Ashley Hernandez single to take a 4-3 lead.

Wayne State opened the game up in the fifth with four more runs, using an Emily Chandler single and three Clarion errors. They added three more in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run homer by Abbie Hix, to close out the eight-run win.

Vasa went 2-for-4 to lead a six-hit attack and Menard scored three runs for the winners. Maddie Moser pitched the win with four innings of work, while Riley Vanderveen got the save in relief.

In the final game of the week-long event, Vasa went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Wildcats to a 9-5 win over Alderson Broaddus.

Wayne State broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning with five runs, highlighted by a Korney Buresh two-run single and an RBI single by Vasa. They added two more in the fifth on RBI singles by Chandler and Hix.

Vasa’s 3-for-4 effort led a 12-hit attack for the Wildcats. Buresh finished 2-for-4 with two RBI while Menard went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Baylee Rial added a double while Hernandez, Hix, Chandler and Annie Grammer each singled.

Makenna Adkison worked six innings to earn the pitching win, charged with six hits and four runs with seven strikeouts and four walks. Vanderveen pitched the final inning and allowed one hit and one run.

Wayne State (8-6) is scheduled to resume play on Friday, March 22, at the Missouri Western Tournament in St. Joseph, Mo., battling the University of Mary and Northwest Missouri State.

The Wayne Herald

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