SIOUX CITY, Iowa-- Allie Martinez hit a grand slam in a seven-run fifth inning and the Morningside Mustangs took a 9-1 victory over the Jimmie softball team in the first elimination game of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round Sioux City Bracket.
Jamestown led 1-0 after Kelly Halverson (SO/Surrey, BC)'s sacrifice fly scored Kylie Macaig (SO/Airdrie, AB) for the game's first run in the bottom of the fourth. The Mustangs rallied back in large fashion in their next at-bat.
Mara Ansberry walked to start the fifth and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Elin Landgren reached on an error to set up the Mustangs with runners on the corners and no out. Brittany Rheault (JR/West Fargo, ND) relieved starter Hanna Dunnigan (SR/Regina, SK) and gave up a single to Tracy Edwards, which allowed Ansberry to score. Abby Conner drew a walk to load the bases, and another walk to Rachel Koch made it 2-1. Morningside made it 3-1 as Emilee Dorpinghaus was hit by a pitch, and Dunnigan returned to the game. Dunnigan struck out Moriah Bohlmann for the first out of the inning, but Martinez followed with a home run to clear the bases and push the lead to 7-1.
The Mustangs added two more runs in the top of the seventh as the final score ended 9-1.
Rachel Henks earned the win in the circle, tossing a complete game while allowing one unearned run on four hits. She finished with seven strikeouts.
Dunnigan took the loss, pitching five innings and surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits. She struck out four and walked two.
The Jimmies end the season with 41-21 record, which ties the school record for most wins in a season.