• Rick Capone, Sport Editor

Midway softball team earns first victories of 2017

TIFFANY WICKLINE, a senior on the Midway University softball team, was named the River States Conference Softball Player of the Week for her performances the week of Feb. 28 to March 5. The honor, which was announced Monday, March 6, was the first of her career. (Photo courtesy of Midway Athletics)

While students were on spring break, the Midway University softball team traveled to St. Louis, Mo., to take on St. Louis College of Pharmacy in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 7, and earned the Eagles’ first two victories of the 2017 season, defeating the Eutectics 8-0 in the first game and 9-6 in the second game. With those wins, Midway is now 2-8 on the season. “This team has worked so hard early this season to put it all together at the same time,” said head coach Tripp Swisher. “The girls have been in several close battles that have toughened them up. They have stayed true to their approach and it all clicked today.” Swisher added, “Pitching and defense worked well together today, and we also finally saw the bats come alive with more consistency.” In the first game, the Eagles got some timely hitting and had a strong pitching performance by senior Tiffany Wickline in the circle. The Eagles scored single runs in the first and fifth innings, while adding two in the third and four in the fourth to secure the 8-0 victory; their first of the year. Leading the way at the plate was freshman Rielly Anderson, senior Addie Murphy and Wickline, who each picked up two hits. Junior Kelsey Gravens, Murphy and Wickline all drove in two runs, while junior Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman and senior Gabby Bruner drove in one run each. Wickline, who is 1-4 this season, picked up her first win of the season in five shutout innings. She struck out nine batters, while allowing just three hits. In the second game, Midway able to overcome seven errors, as they scored nine runs on 11 hits to score a 9-6 win. Leading the way was Gravens, Bruner, and freshman Trista Craigmyle. Gravens went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Bruner and Craigmyle each went 2-for-3. Bruner drove in three runs and scored one, while Craigmyle drove in one and scored one. Junior Lynsie Clark and Wickline each picked up a hit and drove in one run, while junior Carly Benz scored three runs and freshman Kendall Horn and Clark also scored one run each. The duo of sophomore Abby Flaig and freshman Kameron Hawkins led the way in the circle. Flaig, now 1-0, picked up the win allowing five runs – two earned – on six hits in six innings of work. Hawkins tossed the seventh inning allowing one unearned run on one hit. The Eagles are scheduled to host St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) on Friday, March 17, at 4 p.m. at Clark Field. Then on Saturday, March 18, Midway will host Hiwassee (Tenn.) at 1 p.m. Wickline honored Midway University softball senior Tiffany Wickline was named the River States Conference softball Player of the Week on Monday, March 6, for her performances on the field during the week of Feb. 28 to March 5. It was the first career RSC Player of the Week honor for Wickline, who is playing her final season of eligibility at Midway after transferring to the school this summer. In a pair of games against Purdue Northwest (Ind.), the Georgetown, Ky., native went 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and a home run. She also drove in three runs, while scoring two of her team’s seven runs. She finished the week with a .400 batting average and a 1.200 slugging percentage. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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