McPherson, KS - The Hastings College softball team had a tough time on Friday dropping games to Kansas Wesleyan 8-6 and Tabor 7-0 but did pick up a wild win over Bethel 12-11 to finish the McPherson Tournament 3-2.
In game one on the day, Lexie Linderman (FR/Omaha, NE) continues her fanatic start to the season as she belted two 2-run home runs but it just was not enough against the Coyotes.
A few of the Lady Bronco errors came back to hurt HC as KWU scored its eight runs over a three inning stretch.
Chloe Boeka (SR/Gretna, NE) and Corrin Ziepke (JR/Omaha, NE) each had an RBI in game one of the day.
Game two featured a slow start that led to a wild 12-11 victory for Hastings over Bethel.
Hastings built an early 2-1 lead off a Thresher error and a RBI single from Cara Williams (SR/Omaha, NE) through two innings of play. The Threshers would have an answer opening up a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th before things got crazy.
The Lady Broncos rattled off five straight one out singles in the bottom of the 6th and then a walk and an error would also plate runs as Hastings rattled off six runs to build an 8-4 lead going into the 7th.
After a ground out, Bethel picked up five singles, a double over the next seven batters plus a Lady Bronco error that helped plate seven runs that now had Bethel in the lead 11-8.
Hastings would go right back to work with Boeka opening up the 7th with a single. Two batters later, Linderman singled to put runners on first and second with one out.
Makana Kekaulike (JR/Waipahu, HI) brought Boeka home with a RBI single cutting the lead to 11-9. Following a Josie Bumgardner (SO/Hastings, NE) groundout that put runners on second and third with two outs, newcomer Mikaelah Molifua (SR/Lincoln, NE) tied the game with big two out single but more importantly would advance into scoring position on the throw home.
Alyssa Carter (FR/Corona, CA) would follow that up with a game winning single that plated pinch runner Taylor Asche (FR/Omaha, NE) to give HC the 12-11 victory.
Hastings is now 9-11 on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Mar. 15 hitting the road for a doubleheader against York with first pitch set for 6:00 p.m. in York, NE.