Southwestern swept by Mid-America Christian 9-1, 4-3

Southwestern College senior catcher Taylor Messerly makes a tag at the plate Saturday in a nonconference softball doubleheader against Mid-America Christian at the Broadway Recreation Complex.


The Southwestern College softball team was swept by the Evangels of Mid-America Christian Saturday afternoon. The Lady Builders fell to Mid-America in the double header at the Broadway Recreation Complex in Winfield, Kan., 9-1,4-3.

Game 1: Mid-America Christian 9, Southwestern 1 (5 innings)

Mid-America Christian (11-2) was the first team to score, and plated two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Evangels used a seven-run fifth inning to take control of the game. Southwestern (8-8) scored its only run run in the bottom of the fifth, and fell to the Evangels ina run-rule, 9-1. 

Freshman Kayleen Gonzalez led the Lady Builders with a 1-for-2 effort at the plate. She also scored the Lady Builders' only run. 

Hannah Foltz started in the circle for Southwestern and allowed five runs on nine hits. She was relieved by junior Felicia Gwynn, who finished the game and gave up four runs on two hits.

Mid-America Christian made its move in the fifth inning. With a 2-0 advantage, the Evangels used six hits and a Lady Builder error to score seven runs and forced Southwestern into a 9-0 deficit.

The Lady Builders scored their only run in the fifth. Gonzalez doubled deep into right in the bottom of the fifth, then advanced to third on a Sydni Fulks ground out, and was sent home by a MacKenzie Lyons single to right, but that was all Southwestern could do, and Mid-America took the first game in five innings 9-1.

Game 2: Mid-America Christian 4, Southwestern 3 (8 innings)

Southwestern (8-9) scored the first run of the game in its fiirst at-bat, but Mid-America Christian (12-2) answered by scoring one run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, to take a 3-1 lead. The Lady Builders made a comeback in the sixth, grabbing two runs to tie the game at 3-3. Neither team was able to score in the seventh inning, and the game went into an extra inning tied at 3-3. Mid-America earned the winning run in the top of the eighth inning to complete the sweep, 4-3.

Peyton Timmerman led the Lady Builders in with a 4-of-5 effort on the plate with one run scored. Timmerman hit three singles and one double.

Sophomore MacKenzie Lyons pitched the entire game and allowed four runs on 15 hits with one walk.

The Lady Builders were able to keep the second game closer, scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Timmerman started the inning by hitting a single to third, and advanced to second off an Alex Ritzema single, then was sent home by Sierra Meyer on a fielder's choice, to give Southwestern a 1-0 advantage. The Evangels scored the tying run in the top of the third, then took the 3-1 lead by earning a run in the fourth and fifth inning.

Southwestern made its comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning, and brought in two runs. Kylie Wilson pinch-ran for Lyons after she got on base off a Mid-America error. She advanced to second on a Sierra Meyer base reach off an error, reached third on a Cady Norton walk, and scored on Whytleigh Guerrero single to left center. Meyer came in on the same hit to force the 3-3. tie Both teams were unable to secure the win in the final inning, sending the game into extra innings. Mid-America was the only team to score in the eighth inning, earning one run to complete the sweep 4-3.

The Lady Builders will return to action Tuesday, facing the Eagles of Southwestern Christian University. First Pitch of the double header is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Bethany, Okla.

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