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W-MU softball knocked out in Sigourney

Wolves fall, 7-1, get eliminated in regional quarterfinals
Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Hannah Mathews makes a running catch during Winfield-Mt. Union's loss to Sigourney on Wednesday night.

SIGOURNEY ­— Winfield-Mt. Union put a scare into Sigourney early in Wednesday night’s regional quarterfinals but the Savages pulled away late to knock the Wolves out, 7-1.

The Wolves took advantage of some shaky Sigourney defense early on, loading the bases with nobody out in the first inning. Maci Richardson gave W-MU a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout, but the Savages escaped with minimal damage and it was 1-0 after the top of the first.

W-MU starter Madie Anderson was dealing early on in the game but Sigourney did get one in the bottom of the first to tie the game.

The Wolves looked to have taken the lead on a double steal in the top of the third inning as Hannah Mathews appeared to beat the throw home at the plate. She was called out, however, and Sigourney got out of the inning unharmed.

The Savages took advantage in the bottom of the third with another run to take a 2-1 lead. The Wolves would never regain the lead.

Anderson and the W-MU defense kept it tight through five and a half innings, but the Savages scored three more runs in the fifth, two of which came from a long home run by Madison Schauf. They added two more in the sixth to end the scoring.

“We came into this game knowing Sigourney was a hard team (and) we had to play our best to win,” W-MU head coach Amanda Richardson said after the game. “The girls came out competitive in the first couple of innings, but then it was just one thing after another for Sigourney and it kind of died down a little bit for us.”

Mathews finished 2-3 for W-MU. Richardson had the Wolves’ lone RBI and Townsley scored their only run.

Anderson picked up the loss, throwing six innings and giving up seven runs on 10 hits and no walks.

The Wolves finished 8-16 this season. They lose three seniors; Mathews, Hannah Buffington and Kara Wade.

W-MU improved their win total by seven games this season, something Richardson attributes to work in the offseason and cutting down on their mistakes.

“We ended the season with 89 errors last year and I believe this year we just ended with 41,” Richardson said. “That’s a big thing that we came out and cut the errors in half.”

Sigourney moved on to the regional semifinals, where they’ll host New London on Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m.

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