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Junior Esperanza Rothwell had five hits and drove in two runs during the Lady Vikings' split with Peru State.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
Late-inning fireworks determined the outcome of the Missouri Valley College softball team's Heart of America Conference doubleheader split Wednesday with Peru State.

The Lady Bobcats scored twice in the eighth inning to win the opener, 6-4, but then surrendered a game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to drop the nightcap, 6-5, after coming back from a four-run deficit.

Peru State got back-to-back solo homers from juniors Devin Choate and Kristen Bodyk in the second inning of the early game and a two-run shot by junior Emily Maresh in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.

The Lady Vikings tied the contest with three runs in the sixth on doubles by junior Jennifer Palmatory, senior Marisol Espinoza and junior Esperanza Rothwell -- along with junior Paige Savage's single.

Choate's two-out double broke the tie in the top of the eighth, an error allowing a second runner to score. Valley tried to rally during its final at-bat, with two-out singles by Rothwell and Savage and a walk to senior Janie Jungermann loading the bases. However, Bodyk snagged a line drive to shortstop to end the game.

The Lady Vikings jumped out to a lead in the second game with four runs in the second. Savage stroked a two-run single and scored the final run on a grounder following Rothwell's RBI single.

Valley took a 5-1 lead into the seventh, but the Lady 'Cats (22-18, 4-6 HAAC) caught up with four hits -- including sophomore Alexa Johnson's two-run double -- and a game-tying wild pitch.

The Lady Vikings ended the game during their turn, Palmatory smashing a triple and scoring on junior Melanie McClain's single.

Seven batters had a two-hit game for Valley (11-15, 3-5), which had its scheduled game at Benedictine today postponed.

Track & Field

FAYETTE -- The MVC track and field team won two gold medals Friday at the Central Methodist Invitational.

Senior Sara Stafford took first place in the shot put (12.21 meters) and freshman Billi Pipes was third in both the 100- (12.38 seconds) and 200-meter (25.64) dashes to account for 22 of the Lady Vikings' 28 points -- good for 10th place.

Sophomore Tyler Davis won the long jump (6.77) and sophomore Ignacio Franco came in fourth in the 800 (1:57.30) for the 10th-place Valley men (25 points) -- who also saw senior Will Coleman finish fifth in the shot (13.21) and seventh in both the discus (39.59) and hammer throw (40.62).

Lincoln (184.5 points) won the women's title while William Woods (115) was the top men's team.

The Vikings are scheduled to split for a pair of meets Saturday at Northwestern State (La.) and William Jewell.


BALDWIN CITY -- The Valley men's team won two matches and the women split a pair matches at a March 31 triangular with host Baker and Bethel (Kan.) in Baldwin City, Kan.

Despite having their top two singles players on the shelf with injuries, the Vikings beat their Heart of America Conference foe, 7-2. Freshmen Brock Hughes and Wesley Ng won at No. 1 doubles and sophomore Luiz Felipe Moura and freshman Nicolas Castro triumphed at No. 3.

Getting singles wins for MVC against the Wildcats (4-6, 0-2 HAAC) were Moura, Hughes, Castro, freshman Gilberto Machado and sophomore Nathan Garrett.

Valley (7-5, 1-1) downed the Threshers (1-7), 8-1, with wins by the doubles teams of Garrett-Machado and Moura-Castro and a sweep in singles.

The Lady Vikings blanked Baker (2-6, 0-2), 9-0. Winning in doubles were the combos of seniors Elanqua Griffin and Tershelle Burrows, senior Juliana Doyle and junior Courtney Henley, and sophomore Virginia Hutcherson and Katelyn Barr. Those six also provided all the singles wins.

Bethel (7-4) took four of six singles tilts for a 5-4 decision. Griffin-Burrows and Henley-Doyle won for Valley (7-3, 1-1) in doubles, with Griffin and Hutcherson providing the singles victories.

The Vikings will be home Saturday for a three-way against Missouri Baptist and Grand View (Iowa).

Men's Golf

KANSAS CITY -- Valley split its golf team in two earlier this week at the Avila Spring Invitational in Kansas City, the A group placing third (623 points) and the B unit fifth (662).

Senior Jordan Dickson covered the Longview Country Club course in a seven-over-par 151, 76 in the first round Monday and 75 on Tuesday, to place seventh as the Vikings' top finisher.

Avila won the team trophy with 590 points, with Missouri Baptist junior Jack Johnson firing a one-under 143 to take the individual title by three strokes.

Valley will play Monday and Tuesday in the Central Methodist Invitational at Boonville.

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