Mar 13, 2020 12:03 AM

Tiger softball falls twice to 17th-Ranked Hillcats

Posted Mar 13, 2020 12:03 AM

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Fort Hays State Softball dropped a pair of MIAA contests to 17th-ranked Rogers State on Thursday. The Tigers fell by a score of 2-0 in each game, moving to 15-13 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA. Rogers State improved to 21-8 overall and 4-2 in the MIAA.

Game 1: Rogers State 2, Fort Hays State 0

Fort Hays State struggled to get offense generated against Rogers State starter Andrea Morales, who improved to 15-2 overall on the season with the shutout win. Morales gave up just a pair of singles in separate innings, while striking out 13 Tigers and walking just two.

Rogers State plated its runs in the third and fourth innings on RBI doubles by Sabrina Anguiano and Abigail Taylor. FHSU starter Michaelanne Nelson scattered six hits and allowed just one earned run, while striking out three in her six-inning complete-game effort. Nelson moved to 7-5 on the season.

Terran Caldwell and Grace Philop were the only Tigers with hits, while Lily Sale and Loren Beggs each drew a walk.

Game 2: Rogers State 2, Fort Hays State 0

Rogers State did all of its damage in the first inning of the second contest. A throwing error by the Tigers with two outs in the inning plated a pair of runs, which turned out to be the decisive play in the game.

The Tigers outhit the Hillcats 7-5 in the game, but struggled to push runs in when getting runners on base. The Tigers had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in both the third and fourth innings, but could not capitalize on the opportunities.

Hailey Chapman received a tough-luck loss with just one earned run on five hits and two walks. She struck out five Hillcats and now has a record of 6-8 on the year. M'Kayla Hillman picked up the win for Rogers State in a complete-game shutout effort, allowing seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Hillman moved back to the break-even mark at 6-6 on the year.

Katie Adler had a three-hit game for the Tigers, while also picking up a stolen base.

Due to the cancellation of NCAA Winter and Spring Championships based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the MIAA and its member institutions announced the suspension of all MIAA intercollegiate sports activities (practice and competition) indefinitely effective at 11 pm, March 12, 2020. The indefinite suspension applies to all institutional practices and competitions in any MIAA sport, regardless of season, until further notice. All spring sports are suspended indefinitely at this time.

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available in the days ahead.

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2A State Quarterfinal: Hoxie Indians

MANHATTAN- The Hoxie Indians advanced to the state tournament with a convincing 81-66 win over the Plainville Cardinals last week in the Ellis 2A Sub-State Championship. The Indians 21-2 record was good enough for the 3 seed at the state tournament in Manhattan. They'd be facing off against the 6 seed Garden Plains Owls. The Owls won the Sedan Sub-State, holding a record of 18-5 on the year. 

Hoxie started the game strong, scoring the first 7 points of the contest. However, the Owls steadily crawled back into the game, snatching a 14-13.

The Owls owned the first portion of the second quarter, using a 14-4 run to take a 28-17 lead. Hoxie scored the last 5 points of the half to cut the lead to 28-22 heading into the break.

The Indians slowly chipped away at the Owl lead in the the third. Freshamn Brady Jones knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter to give Hoxie their first second half lead 39-38. That would be the score heading to the fourth. 

The Indians played a hard fourth, pushing the lead to 47-40 with under four minutes to go. However, the Owls stormed all the way back, finishing the game on 10-0 run. That put score 50-47 in favor of the Owls. Hoxie's late attempts to take back the lead would fall short, resulting in a 50-47 Garden Plain win.

Junior Harlan Obioha finished the game with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 assists. Senior Parker Jones chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The Indians finished the season 21-3. Jones is the only senior they are losing that played significant minutes. 

Garden Plain improved to 19-5 on the year. They would have played Seabury Academy in the semi-finals, had the tournament not been canceled due to the Corona Virus outbreak. Accordingly, the 2019-20 season is now over for all teams.

Congratulations to all of our state teams on a season well played. We are already ripe with anticipation for next season!