The North Central Missouri College softball team is on an early April roll, as recent surge of eight straight wins has pushed the Lady Pirates record to 21-9 (8-2 in Region 16), headed into a Friday afternoon test with Jefferson College (1:00 PM and 3:00 PM) at Mark Griffin Memorial Field in Trenton.
On Wednesday, North Central rallied from an early 4-0 hole, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and tacking on insurance from there, in an 8-6 win over Maple Woods. Brookfield native Jaclyn Weydert had a home run, two runs scored and two RBI’s for the Lady Pirates. Shortstop Rachael Balke added three hits and three RBI’s, including a double. Madi Trump had a pair of doubles, run scored, and RBIs, while second baseman McKinley Hurley had a 2 for 4 game with a triple and an RBI.
Jessica Stupar worked around early difficulties to work six innings in the win for NCMC, giving up eight hits and six runs (three earned). Allison Hilsabeck picked up her second save, scattering one hit in a scoreless 7th inning.
While the Lady Pirates winning streak received a strong test in Game #1, Game #2 was a dominant performance by NCMC, as the Lady Pirates, never threatened, blasted the Monarchs 16-0 in five innings. Madi Trump hit two home runs and had six RBI’s to lead the North Central offensive onslaught. Kylee Nissen had a home run, while designated player Amber Austin had four RBI’s. Hurley continued her hot hitting with two base hits in as many at-bats, with a run scored and two RBI’s.
Hilsabeck improved to 7-1 on the season, going five shutout innings, giving up only two hits and one walk, while striking out three.
After Friday’s doubleheader vs. Jefferson, NCMC remains home for a Sunday double-dip with St. Charles Community College (1:00 PM and 3:00 PM), aiming to continue its run up the Region 16 regular season standings.