Fifteenth-ranked Morningside clobbered Sterling 14-5 in five innings and 9-1 in six innings in a pair of abbreviated softball contests on Wednesday in Sterling, Kan.
Five of the Mustangs’ nine hits in the opener were extra base blows, including home runs by Abby Conner and Mackenzie Lose. Morningside put the Warriors away early in the nightcap with an eight-run first inning.
The Mustangs used the long ball to open and close their scoring in the opener. Conner blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and Lose blasted a three-run shot to cap the scoring in the top of the fifth.
Conner homered with two outs in the first inning with Mara Amsberry on base after a walk. Amsberry also walked ahead of Lose’s three run shot in the fifth. Ashton Whited was also on base after she reached on a fielder’s choice.
Morningside scored two runs in each of the first four innings of the opener before it exploded for six runs in the fifth.
Amsberry delivered a two-run single in the second inning, Abby Taylor clubbed a two-run double in the third and Amsberry had a RBI double in the fourth.
Conner had a home run and single and Amsberry had a double and single to lead a nine-hit Morningside offensive attack. Lose had a home run, Taylor and Lexie Stolen had doubles, and Carson Cameron and Rachel Macias had singles.
Hallie Misiaszek allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits over the first four innings to get the pitching win. Misiaszek walked three and struck out three.
Alex Nelson struck out nine batters to get the win in the nightcap. Nelson scattered six hits and did not walk a batter.
The Mustangs had 11 hits in the nightcap, including two-hit performances from Amsberry with a double and single, and Conner and Tracey Edwards, who each had two singles. Lose had a double, while Stolen, Macias, Cortney Joiner and Jayci Hinker had singles.
The Mustangs had six hits when they put the game away early with an eight-run first inning. Amsberry had the big hit with a three-run double. Macias also had a pivotal hit with a two-run single.
Morningside will take a 6-4 record into the McPherson Tournament on Friday and Saturday in McPherson, Kan.