The Briar Cliff softball team was in McPherson, Kansas today to play in the McPherson tournament with BC falling 9-4 to McPherson in its first game and defeating Tabor 4-0 in game two. The Chargers are now 6-13 on the season after the two contests.
McPherson jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the game against Briar Cliff with one run in the first and two in the second but the Chargers tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth with three runs. Gemma Perez scored BC's first run of the game on a single by Tiffany Goller and Bailey Nichols helped pull the Cliff even at 3-3 with a double that scored Brenna Oliver and Brooke French. However, the Bulldogs scored two runs in each of the next three innings to lead 9-3 after six innings of play. Briar Cliff would score one run in the top of the seventh to make the final score 9-4 when Mikaela Rodriguez scored on a single by French.
Ciara Dotzler suffered the loss for the Chargers, while Summer Williams and Claire Fischer both also pitched for BC. The Cliff had 11 hits in the ballgame with Williams, Rodriguez and French all notching two hits and Danielle Ishii, Nichols, Ashley Del Alto, Perez and Goller had one hit each. Nichols had two RBI, followed by Goller and French with one apiece and four Chargers scored once in the game.
Briar Cliff bounced back with a shutout in its second game, downing Tabor 4-0. The Chargers scored one run in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth innings on their way to the win. Ishii scored the first run of the game off a ground out by Madison Deane and Rodriguez put the Chargers up 2-0 in the second when she scored off a single by Goller. BC scored an insurance run in the top of the fifth with Nicole Romero scoring off a ground out by Nichols and Nicole Wiles crossed the plate in the sixth inning when Perez singled up the middle to give the Cliff the 4-0 win.
Dotzler was the winning pitcher in the game, firing a complete game with two strikeouts and only five hits allowed in 7.0 innings of work. The Chargers outhit the Bluejays 10-5 in the win with Ishii leading the team at the plate with three hits. Goller added two hits with Nichols, Del Alto, Rodriguez, Perez and Romero all having one hit. Four players notched one RBI and four players also scored one run.
Briar Cliff is off until next Saturday when it opens conference play on the road against Hastings. Opening pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. in Hastings, Nebraska.