Grand View Viking Split To Open NAIA Softball World Series

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VSN (admin) Published Friday, 27 May 2022 – 19:10

Columbus, GA – Grand View No.10 softball kicked off the NAIA World Series today in Columbus, Georgia with a 1-0 win against No.23 Tennessee Wesleyan, before falling to Mobile University 9-1. With the split, Grand View went 46-11 on the season.

Recap Game 1: Grand View vs. Tennessee Wesleyan

The low -scoring game set up quite a battle on the mound between Hannah Pals (JR / Des Moines, IA) and Cheyenne Strong as the two allowed just five hits combined. Grand View had been scared early on as the two Bulldogs reached base with just two out. The choice of the fielder to shortstop got the force out in the second when Grand View escaped with no running score. Going three up, three down in the bottom of the first, Grand View quickly came back on defense but not for long they got a quick ground out for short in the first Tennessee Wesleyan batter. With the first runner -up, Grand View sent the game into the bottom of the second with a double play at the hands of Alyx Witt (SR/Norwalk, IA), Abby Sutten (JR/Altoona, IA), and Lauren Kuch (SR). / Cedar Rapids, IA).

The game remained scoreless in the next half and a half before Grand View finally made a breakthrough in the bottom four when Witt tied at home solo to center left. The Vikings kept the defense locked in the fifth and sixth innings as they retreated three up, three down. Down to the last three outs in the top of the seventh, Tennessee Wesleyan hit one leadoff to put the runner in first. Two direct strikes hit Kuch’s glove at the start and Kaitlyn Moses (JR/Clive, IA) on the catcher before the last fly from Anderson on the left field won 1-0.

In seven innings, the Pals attacked three times to win on the mound.

Game 2: Grand View vs Mobile

Facing the top seed in the Softball World Series, Grand View has a high task ahead of it. An early struggle on the mound for Mobile resulted in a filled base for the Vikings as Moffet hit the pitch and Witt and Moses both ran. Next up was Rachel Anderson (SO / Eldridge, IA) as she marked a third straight walk, bringing Moffet as the Vikings took a 1-0 lead to the bottom of the first. In exchange for three up, three down in the bottom of the first and top of the second, the Rams recorded three runs in the bottom of the second to take a two-run lead. With Grand View failing to get a runner at base in the top three, the Rams quickly took it back in the space left, circling three more races in the bottom three as the Vikings found themselves down five to the top. of four.

Unable to respond with a run on its own, Grand View entered the bottom of the number four with five remaining, but then went sixth when the Rams scored their seventh of the night. Mobile tacked on the other two in the bottom five to hand Grand View its first loss in the World Series and send it into a bracket loss.


Grand View will compete tomorrow May 28 against winners Webber International and Freed-Hardeman. The first pitch is set for 20:15 EST, 19:15 CST.

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