Photo by John Hicks
by Noah Rohlfing
Concordia’s softball team finished third place in the GPAC this regular season by splitting their doubleheader with Doane on Saturday.
Concordia moved to 32-12 on the season (14-6 GPAC).
In the first game, Concordia did not get off to a good start. Doane pounced, scoring six runs over the first three innings to take a 6-0 lead. While the Bulldogs did score a run in the fourth, it wasn’t until the sixth inning that they got back into the game. Concordia went off in the sixth, tying up the game with a five-run burst. That run was thanks to smart baserunning and a couple of errors by Doane. The tie wouldn’t last, though, and Doane scored two in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead. That was how the game would end.
Sophomore Jamie Lefebure led the Bulldogs with two RBIs.
Concordia started off better in the second game. After scoring a run in the first, the game was tied at 1 after two innings. Concordia took control in the third inning, scoring three runs led by a two-run homer by junior Michaela Woodward.
The Bulldogs added four runs in the fourth and sophomore Leah Kalkwarf hit a two-run homer of her own. After a scoreless fifth, both teams scored a run in the sixth. Coming into the seventh, Concordia led 9-2. The Bulldogs closed the game out with four more runs to open up an 11 run lead. The final score was 13-2 Bulldogs.
Senior Kylie Harpst not only picked up the win for Concordia from the mound, but she added three hits and five RBIs to help the Bulldogs close out the regular season on a high.
Up next for Concordia is the GPAC Conference Tournament, which starts Friday, May 5. The Bulldogs will play Dakota Wesleyan at either 4 or 6 p.m.