Hastings- The Hastings College softball team hit eight home runs in the doubleheader against Midland Monday evening to sweep the Warriors 13-2, 15-0 en route to setting a school record for most home runs hit in a doubleheader.
Midland started off the scoring as Katie Heard doubled and later scored on an error to put Midland up 1-0 early.
That lead was quickly erased as Cara Williams walked, Chloe Boeka reached on an error, Corrin Ziepke hit an RBI double, and Lexie Linderman hit a 2-run single. Two batters later saw the first Broncos' homer, as Taylor Asche hit a 2-run shot to left field to give Hastings a commanding 6-1 lead.
Ziepke hit a 2-out home run to make the Hastings lead 7-1.
The 3rd inning saw Hastings tack onto their lead with six runs, as Asche reached on an error, Josie Bumgardner single, Jessica Peterson walk, Ashlynn Clifford single, a Renee Ramirez wild pitch, Williams single, Boeka walk, Ziepke single, Linderman fielder's choice, a fielding error, and a Kaitlynn Knott single to put Hastings up 13-1.
Midland made one last push in the top of the 5th with a 1-out, bases loaded sacrifice fly by Bailey Hartman before Bailey Hoover lined into a double play to end the game.
Ziepke went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Bumgardner certainly didn't need all that run support as she held the Warriors to just two runs on three hits while striking out five in her complete game effort.
Scoring in game two started in the 2nd inning, as Knott, Makana Kekaulike, and Clifford loaded the bases to set up Mikaelah Molifua for a 1-out grand slam, which was her first career home run. Hastings added another run as Alyssa Carter doubled and scored on a Ziepke single to put Hastings ahead 5-0 in the 2nd inning.
Knott, Williams, and Boeka combined to hit three home runs in the 3rd inning. Knott led off the inning with a home run. Williams hit in Molifua, Carter, and herself off a 3-run bomb with 2-out, and was followed up by a Boeka solo homer to put Hastings up 10-0.
Linderman started off the 4th inning with a double and was hit in by a Kekaulike 2-run homer. After the homer, Clifford singled, Molifua walked, and Carter singled. On Carter's single, Midland's Nicole O'Haver bobbled the ball allowing Clifford to score and Molifua and Carter to advance a base. Molifua and Carter then scored on a Williams double to put Hastings ahead 15-0.
Offensively, each Bronco had at least one hit as Molifua hit a grand slam, Williams, Boeka, Knott, and Kekaulike all hit home runs. Molifua had four RBIs and Williams had a game high five RBIs. Molifua and Carter led the team with three runs a piece.
Sarah Barger had yet another outstanding outing for the Lady Broncos in game two throwing a complete game shutout while scattering five hits and striking out five Warriors. Barger is currently 8-3 on the year with a 4.16 ERA and leads the team in wins this season.
After defeating Midland handily, Hastings moves up to 22-18 and a conference-high 9th win. The Broncos will look to keep the bats hot when they travel to Bellevue, Nebraska to play Bellevue University, who received votes in the most recent Top-25 poll. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.