The Wabash Valley College softball team won four exhibition games over the weekend at the University of Southern Indiana Fall Classic.
The Lady Warriors defeated Indiana University Southeast 8-1, Oakland City 7-3, Yates' 18-and-under team 8-2 and the Bomb Squad, an independent team 13-0.
Against IU Southeast, pitcher Jade Montgomery picked up her third win this fall. She worked seven inningsm, allowing six hits and one earned run with six strikeouts and two walks. Montgomery helped herself at the plate by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Dakota Nease was 2-for-3 and Emma Robinson was also 2-for-3 for WVC, while Megan Eder hit a two-run double.
The Lady Warriors jumped in front early with three runs in the first inning and added five more in the fifth inning.
Against Oakland City, Hannah Shirley won her third game this fall. She pitched seven innings with 13 strikeouts and no walks, allowing seven hits and two earned runs, which both came on home runs.
Eder was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Paige Byrd and Shirley both were 2-for-3, while Shirley had an RBI.
WVC built an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding three more in the sixth.
Against Yates, Montgomery tossed five innings with five strikeouts and two walks. She gave up two hits and two earned runs.
Kyndell Ethridge was 2-for-3 with and RBI, Montgomery was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, Aubrey Sauls was 1-for-2 with a two-run double, while both Madison Baurer and Taylor Miles were 2-for-3.
Against the Bomb Squad, Shirley got the win in five innings. In her fourth win this fall, she had four strikeouts, two walks and allowed three hits.
Montgomery was 2-for-3 with another two-run homer, Byrd was 2-for-4 and Lindsey Baker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Lady Warriors scored one run in the first inning, then had four players cross the plate in the third and finished off the game with eight runs in the fourth.
On Wednesday, Wabash Valley travels to Fairfield to play Frontier College. At 5 p.m. Friday, the Lady Warriors will play a doubleheader at the University of Evansville. On Saturday, WVC travels to Owensboro, Ky., to play Brescia College at 2 p.m. and Kentucky Wesleyan at 4 p.m.
Best of the Midwest Classic
The Warriors split a pair of exhibition games Saturday in the Grand Park Best of the Midwest Classic at Indianapolis.
WVC defeated Danville Area College 5-3 in seven innings. Coach Rob Fournier used six pitchers in this game. Wabash Valley's top hitters were Matt Burch, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Colby Stephens, who went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
The Warriors dropped a tough 1-0 loss to Lincoln Land College in seven innings.
Brian Sunter had two hits, both of which were doubles.
Fournier was pleased with his team's pitching because it is getting better with each game. The pitchers were throwing a lot of strikes, and that is what he likes to see.
“This is a great bunch of kids and they are working hard to improve their play,” Fournier said. “We are young but can see us getting better.”
On Wednesday, WVC plays Frontier College in a doubleheader at Fairfield. On Saturday, the Warriors travel to Tennessee to play at Austin Peay at noon.
NOTE: Bill Hackler is a sports correspondent for the Mount Carmel Register. He can be reached by calling (618) 262-5144 or by sending email to email@example.com.