After dropping four straight games to conference foes Midland and Morningside, the Hastings College softball team picked up a much-needed 11-10 victory in game one of a doubleheader Sunday against Bethany College.
Hastings College head Coach Troy Baker was pleased with the offensive output of his team in game one.
Junior Chloe Boeka and senior Kate Behnk led the way with four hits and five RBIs between the two. In total, six different Broncos scored in game one.
“We swung the bats well in the first game and we responded well when we got down four of five runs,” Baker said. “It was a great response and I was hoping for some carryover.”
It didn’t. The Broncos lost the second game 2-0.
After Bethany tied the score at 10 in the top of the sixth in game one, it was Boeka who broke the deadlock.
Boeka drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
After combining for 21 runs in the first game, both teams struggled to produce any offense in the second game.
Despite the lack of offense, Hastings freshman pitcher Josie Bumgardner kept the Swedes’ offense at bay.
Bumgardner, an Adams Central graduate, pitched seven strong innings, allowing seven hits and tallying 10 strikeouts.
“Josie was wildly effective, if you want to say that,” Baker said. “She might have walked a little bit too many, but they just got a clutch hit with two outs.”
The game was deadlocked entering the sixth inning, but Bethany pushed across a run in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to go-ahead 2-0.
Unlike game one, the Broncos struggled to get any offense going, tallying just two hits the entire second game.
“I think sometimes we get 2-0 or 3-1 counts and we don’t look to drive the ball,” Baker said. “We look to put it in play and that’s when you want to come out of your shoes and swing. I was just disappointed in our hitting that second game.”
After dropping their first four conference games, the Broncos now have a daunting task in front of them. They’ll travel to Concordia in a pivotal doubleheader Tuesday.
Both Baker and his team realize the importance of the upcoming doubleheader at Seward.
“They know what’s in front of them,” Baker said. “I know they want to get at least one and if we can get a couple that will put us on the board and get us some momentum heading into next weekend. But we’ve got to come out of their with at least one. I don’t want to be on life support after game six and have to fight out to get in the playoffs.”