The Ottumwa Courier

March 4, 2013

Third-ranked Wallace State sweeps IHCC

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

HANECVILLE, Ala. — Playing two games against the third-ranked team in the nation was always going to be a challenge for the Indian Hills softball squad.

Playing a day earlier then scheduled only made it tougher on the Warriors.

Originally slated to be played on Tuesday, IHCC and Wallace State instead took to the softball diamond after just one day off from the Lady Lions’ home JUCO invitational. Indian Hills fell twice in Monday’s doubleheader, losing game one 10-4 before losing a second 8-0 shutout to Wallace State in its first seven games.

The Warriors struggled defensively, committing four errors in each game. Wallace State took full advantage of the extra outs in the opener, scoring four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings after IHCC opened the scoring with a fourth-inning run.

Indian Hills wasted a solid hitting contest in game one, collecting 10 hits while using a three-run sixth inning to climb back within 8-4.

“We hit the ball really well, but we just struggled out in the field,” Indian Hills head softball coach Jim Overturf said.

Cheyenne Ellis was one of three Warriors in game one to collect a pair of hits as the freshman from St. Joseph, Missouri nailed a pair of doubles while driving in a run. Kendie Scheiber, who took the loss in the pitching circle, added a pair of hits and a pair of RBI while Kaitlyn Matzen had a double as part of a 2-3 opener with a run scored.

Schreiber and Ellis were the only two Warriors to collect a hit in game two off Wallace State starting pitcher BreeAnna Blevins, who struck out seven batters for the Lady Lions. Courtney Collins and Mackenzie Haight scattered eight hits in the second game in the circle, but four more IHCC errors opened the door to two more unearned runs for Wallace State.

“We struggled to hit the ball and, once again, we were shaky on defense,” Overturf said.

Indian Hills has lost six in a row on its season-opening southern trip after winning its season-opener on Friday against Calhoun. The Warriors (1-6) will hope a change of scenery will change their luck as IHCC heads to Florida for a doubleheader at Pensacola Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.

No. 3 (DI) Wallace State 10, Indian Hills 4

IHCC    000    103    0    —     4     9    4          

WSCC     000    442    x    —    10    18    0

Indian Hills battery — Kendie Schrieber (L, 1-2) (6IP, 18H, 10R, 10ER, 3K, 2BB), Kaylyn Decock and Katie Walsh catching.

2B — Cheyenne Ellis 2, Kaitlyn Matzen, Schreiber.

Hits — Ellis 2-3, Kaitlyn Matzen 2-3, Schrieber 2-4, Decock 1-3, Hiliary Pennington 1-3, Olivia Starcevich 1-4.

RBI — Schrieber 2, Decock, Ellis.

Runs — Decock 2, Matzen, Pennington.

No. 3 (DI) Wallace State 8, Indian Hills 0

IHCC    000    000    0    —    0    2    4          

WSCC     020    240    x    —    8    8    1

Indian Hills battery — Courtney Collins (L, 0-3) (5IP, 8H, 8R, 6ER, 8BB) and Mackenzie Haight (IP), Decock catching.

Hits — Ellis 1-2, Schieber 1-2.