No. 10 CMU softball wins 12-straight game
HANNIBAL - No. 10 Central Methodist won its 12th-straight game Tuesday after a doubleheader sweep of Hannibal-LaGrange at HLGU Field. The Eagles won the first game 8-1 and the second contest 9-1 (6).
Central Methodist (23-6) scored four runs in the second inning of game one, highlighted by a three-run double by reigning HAAC Player of the Week Jessie Wilmes.
Nicole Beck jacked her seventh dinger of the season, a two-run shot to left, in the top of the third inning to make the score 6-0. Hannibal-LaGrange (7-21) scored its lone run in the bottom of the frame on a Gabby Akright sacrifice fly, but the Eagles tacked on a run in the fourth and seventh innings. Hannah Blackmon made the difference six runs with two outs in the fourth on a solo blast, her fifth this year. A Bri Boatwright RBI single to right-center in the seventh scored Alyson Fuemmeler for the final tally.
Blackmon, Boatwright, Beck and Lauren Geringer each had two hits. Beck drove in two and scored twice.
Kayla Meier had the Trojans' only two hits.
Erin Enke (1-3) allowed just one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings in the circle for the win. Reigning HAAC Pitcher of the Week Jocie Glaze threw an inning of hitless relief.
Bobbie Henderson took the loss in the circle, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in four innings.
Central Methodist scored first in the second inning of game two with two outs when Beck scored on a Meagan Thompson single to right with two outs. A Boatwright two-run double in the third made the score 3-0.
The Eagles put up three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. A Wilmes RBI double and Michele Rupard two-run triple with two outs gave the visitors a six-run edge before the Trojans got on the scoreboard in the fifth on an Eagles' error.
Geringer went deep in the sixth for a three-run homer, her sixth this season, and Haley Kinnison retired the side in the bottom half-inning to end the contest early.
Wilmes, Boatwright, Beck and Rupard each had two hits. Wilmes, Geringer and Beck each scored twice.
Kinnison (11-3) pitched a complete game, allowing just one unearned run on two hits with six strikeouts and five walks.
Henderson (3-12) was tagged with the loss, giving up four earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk in three and one-third innings.
Central Methodist resumes league play Friday with a doubleheader against Evangel (Mo.) at Cox Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT.