Highlights from the North Central College softball teams game against North Park in a CCIW matchup at Shanower Field.
North Central softball hosting North Park in the midst of a mid-season swoon… NCC trying to snap a 4 game losing streak. Bri Adams heads to the mound to square off with the Vikings in a CCIW battle at Shanower Field.
First inning run
Leadoff batter is Ellie Manderfeld stepping in and getting drilled on the elbow… that can’t feel too good. But the centerfielder able to shake it off and stays in the game.
Two batters later and Alyssa Aragon chops one left side… sneaks through the hole, and Manderfeld will scamper around third and come in to score. 1-0 North Park. Aragon going 2 for 4 in the contest.
Bottom of the first and the Cardinals looking to get that run back… with one away, freshman Molly Cann pokes on into left to reach first base. Cann hitting .422 this season – top mark on the Cards.
But the first inning fizzles for the Cards with Adams rolling over a pitch to third… she unable to help her own cause.
But her second inning going better than the first as Adams strikes out Kylee O’Connor looking… Adams 8-5 so far this season on the mound.
Adam’s counterpart, Hayley Jackson dealing though… bottom of the second and she has Samantha Gadomski out in front of an off-speed pitch. North Park up 1-0 exiting the second inning.
Cardinals also making quick work of the Vikings in the third as Adams gets the grounder back up the middle… rifles it on to first… to end the inning.
Third inning double play
Moving to the bottom of the third and the Cardinals looking to spark something offensively… and that will help. Gianna Corban draws a walk to start the inning.
Next up, sophomore Emily Miller, who’s hitting a shade over 400 and she sends a big hopper to the left side… up and over the third baseman and North Central in business with two on and no one away.
After a ground out by Cann advances the runners, Rachel Belletini steps in… and sends a soft liner up the middle… and the shortstop, Aragon, lays out for it… makes the catch and flips to second… and just like that, the third is over and so is NCC’s scoring opportunity.
More Viking runs
Top of the fourth bringing more trouble for North Central… North Parks’ Amara Leith pulls an off-speed offering into right field… and that will bring in a run and just like that the Vikings have doubled up their lead.
And just like the fourth, the Vikings adding on… Erin Penn places it just out of reach of Gadomski at second, netting North Park another run… 3-0 after 5.
Progressing to the 6th and Miller back at the dish… and she sends a bouncer to short… Aragon can’t handle the difficult hop. Miller aboard.
But just as they’ve done all day, the Cardinals just keep hitting it in the wrong places… Aragon makes a nice play to erase the threat. Tough luck for NCC.
Last push for the Cardinals
Last chance for North Central and senior Taylor Clugston is up.. she pulls a grounder to the left and then beats out the long throw… some hope with two outs in the inning.
Unfortunately, NCC unable to get anything going, losing 4-0.
The Cardinals do bounce back in the second affair, using a big rally in the 7th to top North Park 6-5, splitting the double header.