Wichita - The Hastings College softball team had an up and down weekend going 2-3 at the Friends Tournament this past Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Broncos were able to pick up victories against Mid-America Christian (9-6) and McPherson (13-1) but took losses to Tabor, Kansas Wesleyan and Friends.
On Friday after losing a tough game to Tabor 4-1, Hastings was trailing MACU 6-1 before the bats would get going in the 3rd inning.
Chloe Boeka (SR/Gretna, NE) led the inning off with a double followed by a Corrin Ziepke (JR/Omaha, NE) single putting runners on first and third with no outs. Lexie Linderman (FR/Omaha, NE) would bring Boeka home on a fielders choice and two batters later, Taylor Asche (FR/Omaha, NE) would blast a 2-run home run to make it 6-4 after three innings.
Linderman would shut down the Evangels in the top of the 4th and the Hastings bats would get right back to work.
After a Boeka single and Ziepke walk, Linderman would rope a double to score both to tie the game 6-6. Three batters later, Josie Bumgardner (SO/Hastings, NE) left no doubt with a 3-run home run to push the lead to three at 9-6. Linderman would not give up another run battling out of two bases loaded jams to get the win.
After dropping the first two games on Saturday, the Lady Broncos were in need of a win and would take down McPherson 13-1 in five innings.
With Hastings leading 2-1 in the top of the 2nd, Linderman stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and smashed a 1-0 pitch over the center field fence for a grand slam pushing the lead to 6-1 as Hastings would not look back.
Linderman finished the gam going 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Sarah Barger (FR/Windsor, CO) surrendered just the one run on seven hits in five innings of work.
Hastings is now 6-9 on the year and will be back in action Friday March 10 taking part in the McPherson Tournament as the Lady Broncos will begin the tournament against McPherson with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. in McPherson, KS.