Harding takes two from Ranger softball Friday

 

April 17, 2022

Desiree Morehead

Lady Ranger Lindsey McElroy (27) hits the ball for a pop fly.

ALVA, Okla. – Ranger softball opened a three-game series against Harding University Friday afternoon. The Bisons won both games, winning the first game behind a six run third inning to win 9-3 over the Rangers before jumping out to a 5-0 lead in game two before winning 9-2 over Northwestern in Game Two.

Game One

Harding jumped out early in the series opener with a two run first inning. A one out double followed by a single had first and third before a Blankenship single opened the scoring. Run number two of the inning came across to score following a fielding error as the Bisons took a 2-0 lead.

Howell reached safely in the Ranger's half of the inning but would be left on base as Harding led 2-0. Each team pitched zeroes in the second as the game remained 2-0 before a big third inning for Harding.

The Bisons were set up by a walk followed by a single before a three-run home run opened a 5-0 Harding lead. The inning continued following back-to-back singles and an error to load the bases before a Jones single scored two more runs for a 7-0 lead. The eighth run of the game was scored on a sacrifice fly. Northwestern went down in order in their half of the third inning trailing 8-0 into the fourth.

The Red-and-Black offense struck in the fourth as Lindsey McElroy started the inning with a single and Allison Zanca getting hit by a pitch before Mackenzie Adams blasted a three run home run. Rangers then trailed it 8-3 through four innings.

In the fifth inning Shano had a solo home run with two outs to extend the lead back to 9-3 through five innings of play.

Northwestern went down in order in the sixth and seventh inning as the Bisons struck out the side to close out game one of the afternoon.

Game Two

Harding jumped out fast in Game Two as well following a leadoff single and an RBI double was hit into the right center gap for a 1-0 lead. The visitors continued with two runners on a Blankenship 2-RBI double pushed the early lead to 3-0 for Harding. Northwestern went down in order trailing 3-0.

A single and two walks for Harding loaded the bases with one out in the second inning before a single by Harris pushed across two more runs for a 5-0 Bisons lead. Northwestern answered back though in their half of the inning. Zanca led off with a single before an Adams 2-run home run cut the deficit to three at 5-2.

Hannah Scoggin pitched a scoreless third inning keeping the deficit at three but the Rangers were unable to score either.

Northwestern's Kameron Ryer (9) pitches during the double header games Friday against Harding University.

Harding extended the lead in the fourth when, after drawing two walks to start the inning, a Curry RBI double pushed their lead to 6-2 through four innings.

The game remained 6-2 into the sixth inning when Harding came back with another run to extend the lead to 7-2. A walk followed by a single put runners on the corners before a error allowed Harris to come around and score for the run.

The Bisons scored two more in the seventh to take a 9-2 lead on a one out triple followed by a wild pitch scored the eight run of the game. Harris singled before Curry drove her home with an RBI double for the 10-2 lead.

Rangers had two hits in the bottom half of the seventh from Morgan La Neve and Jayden Solberg but were not able to score as Harding close out the 9-2 victory.

Northwestern was to close out the series with a single game Saturday with a noon first pitch against the Bisons.

 

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