YORK, Neb. – In a doubleheader recently added to the schedule, the Concordia University softball team took care of business on Wednesday (March 4) while up against its neighbors to the west. The Bulldogs recorded a combined 22 hits while taking a pair from York College at the York Ballpark Complex. Hhana Haro totaled five hits on the day and MacKinsey Schmidt broke out as Concordia won by scores of 6-3 and 9-4.
Head coach Shawn Semler’s squad began the 2020 season this past weekend with three victories in Kansas. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 this season.
“MacKinsey hit the ball really well tonight with three triples and all were big for us,” Semler said. “Camry (Moore), Hhana and Tori (Homolka) continued to hit the ball hard. It got really cold with the high winds once the sun went down and it was tough playing conditions. It led to a few errors but for the most part, our defense played well. Getting to see a lot of different players will pay off once conference season starts.”
Concordia has the potential for plenty of firepower offensively. Despite outhitting the Panthers (3-9) significantly, the Bulldogs found themselves in a battle in game one. They broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh when Schmidt led off with a three-bagger. Run scoring singles in the frame were delivered by Moore, Kylee Nixon and Dalaney Nance. The three-run cushion was enough for Moore, who threw all seven innings of the opener. She allowed just two earned runs on four hits and one walk.
A York High School product, Nixon pounded out three more hits and scored a run in game two. Concordia broke the contest open with a four-run sixth inning. Schmidt smacked a two-run triple as the Bulldogs built a five-run lead. Schmidt drove in three runs in game two. In that same game, Haro collected two hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs. Moore got the final eight outs in the circle.
Zoe Flores got the start in the circle in game two and fired four innings. Both teams used three different pitchers throughout the course of the doubleheader. York had not played since Feb. 22 when it was swept in a twin bill at Mount Marty.
Next up is the spring break trip to Kissimmee, Fla. The action will get started in The Sunshine State on Sunday with games against Lawrence Tech (Mich.) at 12:15 p.m. CT and versus Florida National University at 2:30 p.m. CT.