Over the weekend, the Shawnee State Bears’ softball program gave the Mid-South Conference’s best unit top run on the softball diamond, but ultimately fell short, falling to No. 11-ranked Lindsey Wilson 7-3 in game one and 11-5 in game two on Friday, and by 4-2 and 7-0 margins, respectively, on Saturday.
The Bears got on the board first in the top of the second inning as Tara Duncan reached second base on a throwing error by Amy Rogers. Duncan then scored on Katlyn Gleich’s RBI single.
The Blue Raiders responded in the bottom of the third as Cassie Kooker would score on an error by Haley Rawlins, and Rogers made up for her previous error by singling home Sydney Fourman. Lindsey Wilson added one run in the bottom of the fifth on Sydney Fourman’s solo home run.
Down 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Shawnee State rallied to tie the game. Kayla Koch hit a two-run home run to left field to tie the score, 3-3, with two outs in the frame. However, Lindsey Wilson immediately responded, as the Blue Raiders scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth behind solo home runs by Kooker and Fourman.
Casey Bryan threw seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits, only two of which were earned, and struck out eight to earn the win. Brooke Blevins threw six innings on the mound and allowed just seven runs on 13 hits in the loss.
Shawnee State, again, struck with the opening salvo as Marisa Brown singled home Ashtyn Saunders with one out in the top of the first to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead in the second affair. However, the lead was short-lived as Lindsey Wilson struck with four in the first and three in the second, with Amber Foukes collecting two three-run home runs during the pair of scoring frames.
The Bears, however, rallied back for two runs in the fourth, as Mackenzie Riley hit a solo home run to lead off the inning, and Haley Rawlins bunted in Katie Wolsefer. After Lindsey Wilson answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, Shawnee State came back with two runs of its own when Miranda Melvin singled home Tara Duncan. Koch would single home Ashtyn Saunders in the fifth, but Shawnee State couldn’t muster any further momentum as the Bears fell by a 9-5 count.
On Saturday afternoon, Shawnee State began the day by striking first for the third straight time. With two outs in the top of the second, Mackenzie Riley singled to left field, and Katie Wolsefer doubled to left to drive Riley in to put the Bears up by a 1-0 count.
Lindsey Wilson struck back in the bottom of the second with a solo home run by Amy Rogers. The Blue Raiders, however, followed by taking the lead in the bottom of the third when Callum Pilgrim scored on an infield error.
Shawnee State tied the game back up in the top of the fourth when Koch made up for the error by launching a solo home run out of the ballpark. However, a two-run shot by Bailey Mize gave Lindsey Wilson back the lead for good as the Bears could not muster any more runs in the contest.
Bryan went seven innings for the second day in a row, allowing two runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts to get the win. McKenzie Whittaker allowed four runs on seven hits in three innings for the loss.
Game two was all Lindsey Wilson from start to finish. After the first three innings came and went without a hitch, Amber Foukes got the scoring started with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. Pilgrim doubled home Cassie Kooker in the bottom of the fifth, and then stole home to give Lindsey Wilson a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Raiders blew the game open in the sixth with four runs, as Lauren Lett doubled home Kaylee Russell, and pinch runner Madison Bryant scored on Pilgrim’s sacrifice fly. Sydney Fourman then added a two-run homer to end the scoring.
Taylor Slade picked up the win for Lindsey Wilson, allowing no runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in her complete game shutout to obtain the victory. Brooke Blevins allowed seven runs on 11 hits in six innings to take the loss.
The losses dropped Shawnee State to 12-13 on the season, and 6-10 in the Mid-South Conference. Lindsey Wilson improved to 26-7 and 12-0 in the league.