NCMC Lady Pirates blow 8-run lead, settle for Region XVI split at Maple Woods CC

The North Central Missouri College softball team lost a 9-6 lead in the 7th inning, giving up four runs to the Maple Woods Monarchs, falling 10-9 in the back-half of a Region 16 doubleheader on Thursday afternoon in North Kansas City.

In game #2, North Central burst out to a 8-0 lead, scoring three runs in the second and fourth innings, and two runs in the third.  However, MWCC scored four times in the fifth and seventh innings, and once in the fourth to rally for the dramatic victory.

Maple Woods had the power bats on full display in the comeback, with Chelsea Long hitting two home runs and driving in four runs, while Bailey Guiles and Alyson Klint both hit long balls.

Bailey Perkins got the start for NCMC, and was taken out after 4 1/3 innings.  Allison Hilsabeck pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, and took the loss.  For the Lady Pirates offense, Rachael Balke had three hits and four RBI’s, including a home run; TeriAnna Mohler hit a homer and scored two runs in a 2 for 3 effort; while Brookfield native Jaclyn Weydert cracked a homer and scored twice.  Trenton native Madi Trump and leadoff hitter Courtney Seymour both stole two bases.

The Lady Pirates won the opener at Maple Woods, 13-5, using the power and momentum of a nine-run 3rd inning to grab the victory.  Mohler had a home run in Game #1, with Trump and Balke both driving in two runs, Seymour scoring twice and getting three base hits, while second baseman Diamond Thirkield wa 3 for 3 and scored two runs.

Thursday’s wild doubleheader at Maple Woods followed a rough home opener for NCMC, as the Lady Pirates suffered a pair of five-inning losses to Indian Hills Community College on Wednesday afternoon at Mark Griffin Memorial Field, 17-0 and 12-0.