The Briar Cliff softball team opened conference play today with a road doubleheader at Hastings. The Chargers took game one by a final score of 3-0 before falling 14-2 in five innings in game two. The split moved the Cliff to 7-14 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC this season, while Hastings is now 12-12 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Danielle Ishii put the Chargers up 1-0 in the top of the first inning when she scored on an error by the Broncos and BC would hold that 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth inning when Nicole Romero drove in Tiffany Goller for the second run of the game and Bailey Nichols would bring Romero home two batters later to bolster the advantage to 3-0. Ciara Dotzler would toss a complete-game shutout for BC, striking out one batter and only allowing five hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Briar Cliff outhit Hastings 6-5 in the win, led by Summer Williams at the plate with two hits and one RBI. Nichols, Ashley Del Alto, Gemma Perez and Romero all had one hit and Nichols and Romero had one RBI apiece.
Hastings took control of game two from the beginning, scoring seven runs in the first inning and five more in the second inning to lead 12-0 after two innings of play. Briar Cliff would chip away at the deficit with two runs in the fourth inning before Hastings responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth to build the lead back to 14-2. Del Alto scored the first run of the game for BC on an error and Madison Deane scored the second run of a single by Romero down the left field line. The Broncos then held the Chargers scoreless in the fifth to end the game early.
The Chargers had six hits in the game with Williams and Romero both notching two hits, followed by Deane and Perez with one hit each. Perez and Romero both had an RBI and Del Alto and Deane both scored one run. Williams, Dotzler and Claire Fischer all pitched for BC with Fischer recording one strikeout.
Briar Cliff will be in action on Tuesday afternoon in the home-opener for the Chargers. Dakota Wesleyan will visit Bishop Mueller Field in a GPAC doubleheader with game one set to begin at 3 p.m.