Grand View Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ga. – No.10 Grand View softball kicked off the NAIA World Series today down in Columbus, Ga. with a 1-0 win over No.23 Tennessee Wesleyan, before falling to top-seeded University of Mobile 9-1. With the split, Grand View moves to 46-11 on the season.
Game 1 Recap: Grand View vs Tennessee Wesleyan
The low-scoring game set up quite the battle at the mound between Hannah Pals (JR/Des Moines, IA ) and Cheyenne Strong as the two allowed just five hits combined. Grand View had an early scare as two Bulldogs reached base with just two outs. A fielder’s choice to shortstop got the force out at second as Grand View escaped with no runs scored. Going three up, three down in the bottom of the first, Grand View was quickly back on defense but not for long as they got a quick ground out to short on the first Tennessee Wesleyan batter. With a runner on first, Grand View sent the game into the bottom of the second with a double play at the hands of Alyx Witt (SR/Norwalk, IA), Abby Sutten (JR/Altoona, IA), and Lauren Kuch (SR/Cedar Rapids, IA).
The game remained scoreless the next inning and a half before Grand View was finally able to breakthrough in the bottom of the fourth as Witt connected on a solo home run to left-center. The Viking’s remained locked in on defense in the fifth and sixth innings as they went back-to-back three up, three down. Down to their final three outs in the top of the seventh, Tennessee Wesleyan hit a leadoff single to place a runner on first. Two straight outs fouled into the gloves of Kuch at first and Kaitlyn Moses (JR/Clive, IA) at catcher before one last fly out of Anderson in left field secured the 1-0 win.
In seven innings pitched, Pals struck out three to earn the win on the mound.
Game 2: Grand View vs Mobile
Facing the top seed in the Softball World Series, Grand View had a tall task ahead of them. Early struggles on the mound for Mobile led to the bases loaded for the Vikings as Moffet was hit by pitch and Witt and Moses both being walked. Next up was Rachel Anderson (SO/Eldridge, IA) as she marked the third straight walk, bringing in Moffet as the Vikings took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the first. Exchanging three up, three down in the bottom of the first and top of the second, the Rams recorded three runs in the bottom of the second to take a two-run lead. With Grand View failing to get a runner on base in the top of the third, the Rams quickly picked back up where they left off, reeling off three more runs in the bottom of the third as the Vikings found themselves down five heading into the top of the fourth.
Unable to respond with runs of their own, Grand View went into the bottom of the fourth still trailing by five, but it soon became six as the Rams scored their seventh run of the night. Mobile tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth to hand Grand View its first loss in the World Series and send them into the losers bracket.
Grand View will compete next on Saturday, May 28 against the winner of Webber International and Freed-Hardeman. First pitch is set for 8:15 p.m. EST, 7:15 p.m. CST.