MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — In maybe their last games of the 2019-20 softball season, the Iowa Wesleyan softball team finished its southern trip at 5-5 on Friday. The Tigers split games every single day of the week, playing five days and going 1-1 on every day.
If it was the end of the year, Tiger ace Morgan Christner went out in style. The senior hurler from New London threw a no-hitter in the first game on Friday, picking up an 8-0 win over Fitchburg State. The Tigers fell 9-1 in the second game, falling to Norwich University.
Fitchburg state couldn’t touch Christner. The Falcons were hoodwinked, bamboozled, lead astray, run amok and flat out decieved by the IW star’s array of pitches. Christner struck out 10 batters and walked just one over five innings.
After a couple of goose eggs in the first two innings, the Tigers were able to rattle the bats in the third inning. Emma McDanel brough in a runner on a hit by pitch. Alex Eyman knocked another in on an RBI single. Christner hit a sacrifice fly, and McDanel came in to score on an error. After three innings, the Tigers led 4-0.
IW tacked on one run in the fourth inning when Kayla Ford hit a two-out RBI single. In the bottom of the fifth, Allison Daum, Alyssa Pfadenhauer and Taylor Johnson all had RBI hits, including the walk-off single by Johnson that brought the Tigers to the mercy rule, at 8-0.
Pfadenhauer finished the game 3-2 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Johnson was 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Eyman was 2-3 with an RBI. Daum went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Ford was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Christner was 0-1 with an RBI, and both Kylie Topliff and Emilee Rooney scored a run.
The Tigers took an early lead in the game against Norwich University when Breanna Mettler hit an RBI single to score McDanel with two outs in the first inning. That was, however, the last Tiger run to cross the plate.
Norwich scored two runs in the second inning, two in the third and five in the fifth to reach the eight-run mercy rule.
McDanel took the loss int he circle, giving up nine earned runs on 15 hits and one walk, while striking out two batters.
IW had just three hits in the game-two loss. Christner went 2-2 and Mettler was 1-2 with an RBI.
The Tigers will now wait to see if they’ll play another game. As for now, all games until early April are postponed. If games do pick up in April, the next scheduled contest would be a road doubleheader at Fontbonne University on April 4.