Willis, Heaton Break Season Records in Season Finale DH
Softball - Thu, Apr. 20, 2017
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Game 1
Game 2
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Final - Game 11234567RHE
Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) ( 20-19; AMC 12-9)10000034103
Stephens College (11-30; AMC 4-19)1000001271
Columbia, MO
Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)PitchingStephens College
Ingram, MadisonWinner-
-Loser Carlisle, Miranda
Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)Indv. StatsStephens College
#4 Harness, JenniferDoubles None
#11 Miller, ShelbyTriples None
NoneHome Runs None
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Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) ( 21-19; AMC 13-9)20203007114
Stephens College (11-31; AMC 4-20)0030000360
Columbia, MO
Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)PitchingStephens College
Alford, JordynWinner-
-Loser Kelly, Emma
Henderson, BobbieSave-
Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)Indv. StatsStephens College
#25 Alford, JordynDoubles None
NoneTriples None
#23 Duckworth, JennaHome Runs None

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Stephens College softball team played their season finale doubleheader versus Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday afternoon and, despite two losses, the team saw two season records broken and one career record battle end. Short stop Katie Heaton (JR/Laguna Niguel, Calif.) broke the assist record with her final one in the game one 4-2 loss, and third baseman Bernadette Willis (SR/Johnston, Iowa) broke the RBI record in the game two 7-3 loss. Monica Nakamatsu (SR/Sunnyvale, Calif.) ended her career as the all-time assist leader with 246 after battling Heaton this season for the top spot. Heaton sits in number two on the list with 243.

The Stars conclude their season with an 11-31 mark, 4-20 in conference.

Game One

HLG scored early in game one on a two-out RBI single in the first inning, but the Stars' defense grabbed the final out before more damage was created.

In the bottom of the inning, Nakamatsu led off with a single to second base. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Jessica Kane (SR/Waynesville, Mo.)'s ground out. HLG walked Heaton and Amanda Diaz (SR/Chula Vista, Calif.) with a fly out in between the two to load the bases. On the first pitch Jamie Martin (SR/Hartsburg, Mo.) saw, she smacked a single to right field. Nakamatsu scored easily on the play, and Heaton rounded third and looked to go home but was tagged out at home plate to end the inning.

The Stars defense forced HLG to leave two runners stranded in the third inning to keep the game tied up at 1-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Stars had the opportunity to take the lead as bases were loaded with two outs, but a fly out to right field ended the Stars' chance.

It was not until the top of the seventh that HLG created opportunity again and took advantage. The team scored on a triple and two singles to take a 4-1 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Stars looked to capitalize on HLG errors. Alexa Ochoa (JR/Waynesville, Mo.) reached second on her at bat after two errors. She advanced to third on Heaton's single and scored on a bobble to give the Stars their second run of the game. Willis walked, putting two runners on base with two outs, but HLG ended the game with a fly out to short stop.

The Stars produced seven hits and Martin went 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI.

Miranda Carlisle (SR/O'Fallon, Mo.) (6-15) pitched the complete game and struck out two.


Game Two

HLG scored two runs to start game two and took a 4-0 lead after a two-run home run in the third inning.

The Stars found their footing in the bottom of the third with the aid of HLG errors. Nakamatsu led off the inning with a free base after getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second on an error. She was moved to third on Heaton's bunt and was sent home on Willis' single to left field to score the Stars' first run. Kane scored next on a HLG error, and Heaton scored on a drop third strike to give the Stars three runs

HLG scored three more runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead.

The Stars defense held HLG from scoring again, but were unable to find more runs to come back into the game.

Willis ended her career with not only a season record, but with a perfect game at the plate also. She connected with four at the plate on her four attempts and brought in one run.  

Kelly (5-14) started in the circle and pitched 5.0 innings. She was credited with the loss. Dowdy came in as relief and pitched the remaining 2.0 innings. She struck out two while allowing just two hits.

Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AMC: 0-0