The sixth inning was both a good and bad inning for the Martin Luther College softball team on Saturday afternoon. The Knights split a doubleheader with Minnesota-Morris, winning 9-4 in the first game before falling 6-2 in the second game.
In the first game, the Knights scored six sixth-inning runs to cap off the win. This inning came after an hour long rain daily that seemed to help the Knights' bats.
"I just think the girls stayed focused," Knights head coach Barb Leopold said. "When it was time to go we went out and made things happen as a team."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College centerfielder Madeline Scott makes a running catch near the fence during a game against the University of Minnesota Morris Saturday at MLC in New Ulm.
MLC jumped on the board when Madeline Scott drove one to deep left center. After the centerfielder for Morris misplayed the ball, Scott was able to score to put the Knights ahead 2-1 in the third inning.
Kathryn Marquardt got the win in the circle for the Knights to improve to 3-3 on the season. Marquardt finished the game, allowing only three earned runs in her seven innings pitched while striking out six batters.
The Knights were led at the plate in the first game by MacCartney Mendolla, who had three hits.
The second game saw the sixth inning go the other way for the Knights as Morris as went ahead for good, scoring four runs in the inning to split the doubleheader with a 6-2 win. MLC did start the game off right where it left off as the Knights started the second game with four straight singles. Catcher Andrea Biedenbender's single scored a first inning run for the Knights. MLC then left the bases loaded though after the quick splash of hits.
"The big difference between the first and the second game for us was the amount of runners we left on base in the second game," coach Leopold said. "We needed someone to step up and make that big hit for us, but credit Morris; they made some good defensive plays in the second game."
Amanda Fogle led the Knights with three hits in the second game to go along with an RBI. Biedenbender also contributed with two hits of her own to go along with her first inning RBI.
The split keeps the Knights at .500 on the year with a 7-7 record moving forward. MLC's next game will be on Tuesday at Crown College.