Grand Rapids, MI - The Hastings College softball team saw its season come to a close in a hard fought 2-1 loss to Olivet Nazarene on Tuesday afternoon in the Grand Rapids Bracket of the NAIA National Softball Championship.
The Tigers were able to strike first in the 2nd inning when Megan Demro hit a RBI single to bring home Miranda Southall for the early 1-0 lead.
The Broncos were able to answer back in the 3rd inning as Mikaelah Molifua (SR/Lincoln, NE) reached on a lead-off walk, pinch runner Elyssa Kohmetscher (SO/Doniphan, NE) would advance to second on a Cara Williams (SR/Omaha, NE) groundout and then Chloe Boeka (SR/Gretna, NE) ripped a RBI single up the middle to score Kohmetscher to tie the game 1-1.
Sarah Barger (FR/Windsor, CO) kept ONU in check into the 5th when Hastings had yet another chance to score as Corrin Ziepke (JR/Omaha, NE) connected multiple times but could not keep the ball fair down the left field line as the ball would have left the yard had it stayed fair.
Unfortunately Ziepke would fly out to center stranding runners on first and second.
The game would remain 1-1 into the bottom of the 7th when Felicia Wacasey single to lead-off the inning. She would advance to second on a sac bunt and then would score on Kelly Rinker's walk-off single to right.
Hastings ends its season with a 36-24 record.