SIOUX CITY | Morningside wrapped up its regular season Great Plains Athletic Conference softball schedule with a pair of five-inning victories over Midland Saturday at the Jensen Complex.
Rachel Henks dialed a no-hitter in the Mustangs' 8-0 victory in the first game, striking out eight and walking two while facing 18 batters.
Morningside, ranked 10th in the NAIA national poll, completed the sweep with an 11-2 win in the second game, finishing as GPAC regular season champs with a 17-3 mark.
The Mustangs collected 13 hits in the opener, including a two-run homer by Rachel Koch during a four-run third inning. Leadoff hitter Tracey Edwards finished 3-for-4, as did McKenzie Anderson, while Koch added an RBI double.
Henks raised her pitching record to 29-6.
Emilee Dorpinghaus homered twice and drove in five runs in the second game. Dorpinghaus had a three-run shot in the second inning and a solo homer in the fourth,giving her seven for the season. Koch blasted a three-run shot the fourth, her fourth round-tripper of the year.
Winning pitcher Andrea Medinger allowed four hits while striking out two and walking two. Midland committed three errors.
Morningside closed the regular season with a 35-8 record and will be one of the host sites for the GPAC tournament.
FORT WAYNE 6-2, USD 5-7: South Dakota bounced back from a 6-5 loss in the first game to down Fort Wayne 7-2 in the final game of a three-game Summit League series Saturday in Vermillion, South Dakota.
The Coyotes (20-27, 10-8) played their final home games of the regular season. Rachel Cue took a no-hitter into the fifth inning in the series-clinching victory and was aided by a five-run first inning when USD batted around and had five of its nine hits. Cue won her sixth straight decision and has the most wins in Summit play with seven.
Emily Winckler capped the five-run first with an RBI double and doubled again in the third to push the lead to 7-0 and hit her third double of the game in the sixth.
After scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning of the opener, USD dropped a foul ball that would have ended the top of the third that gave the Mastadons an opening and Maira Palmegiani hit a game-tying grand slam.
Taylor Steinfeldt hit a solo homer in the fourth to put the Coyotes back in front, 5-4, but two errors led to the tying and go-ahead runs for Fort Wayne in the fifth
DORDT 8-2, CONCORDIA 6-12: Dordt lost a 6-0 lead before pulling out an 8-6 win over Concordia in the first game of a GPAC doubleheader against Concordia Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Bullodgs got four RBIs apiece from Kylie Harpst and Michaela Woodward to roll to a win in the nightcap.
The Defenders scored two in the first and four in the third to take a 6-0 lead before Concordia tied it with a five-run sixth inning. Dordt, though, pushed across two in the bottom of the sixth.
Dordt committed four errors and Concordia three. Rachel Evavold and Summer Jansen had three hits each for the Defenders, while Marissa Vanden Berg and Michal Huizenga added two apiece. Tianna Top got the pitching win with six strikeouts and one walk while allowing seven hits.
The Defenders earned the No. 4 seed in the GPAC Tournament and will play Northwestern in the first round Friday at 10 a.m. in Sioux City.
HASTINGS 9-14, NORTHWESTERN 8-0: Hastings scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to surge past the Raiders and win the opening game of a Great Plains Athletic Conference softball doubleheader in Orange City, Iowa Saturday. Hastings (31-21 overall, 14-6 GPAC) rolled to a run-rule win in the second game and earned the right to host one of two GPAC tournament bracket sites next weekend.
Down 8-7 in the top of the seventh inning of the opener, Hastings' Taylor Asche hit a solo home run to tie the game. Ashlynn Clifford was hit by pitch with one out and eventually scored on a throwing error. Northwestern got two hits and two rbi's in the first game from Madison Beaver.
Northwestern (23-22 overall,10-10 GPAC) will also advance to the GPAC tourney, facing Dordt at 10 a.m. Friday in the first game of the Morningiside bracket.
DOANE 9-9, BRIAR CLIFF 7-2: The Tigers swept the Chargers in a Great Plains Athletic Conference finale for each team Saturday at Bishop Mueller Field.
Jordyn Stears belted a three-run home run to highlight a six-run uprising in the fourth inning of the opener for Doane. Elise Berg and Bailey Nichols drove in a pair in the opener for Briar Cliff. The Tigers scored four times in the first inning of the second game and rolled to the sweep. Nicole Wiles had two hits and drove in a run in the nightcap for Briar Cliff, which ends its season with an 8-31 record, 2-18 GPAC. The Tigers (23-23 overall) advanced to the GPAC postseason tournament and will take on Morningside in the first round Friday.
WARTBURG 7-10, BUENA VISTA 4-14: The Beavers rallied from an early six-run deficit to take the second game of an Iowa Conference softball doubleheader in Storm Lake, Iowa Saturday. The Knights took the first game behind home runs from Mara Forsyth and Taylor Smola.
The Beavers (20-16 overall, 8-8 IIAC) were down 6-0 in the third inning of the nightcap and still trailed 9-8 in the sixth inning before putting up a rally that won the game. Cheyanne Boland had a two-run double during the uprising and ended the game with three runs batted in. ReAnn Cappel and Cortney Weaver also plated three in the second game for the Beavers, who will play the Knights in the first round of the Iowa Conference Tournament which starts Friday in Decorah, Iowa.
ST. CLOUD STATE 8-8, WAYNE STATE 2-2: The Huskies ended the Wildcats season with a doubleheader sweep in Northern Sun Conference softball action in Wayne, Nebraska Saturday.
Melanie Alyea had a solo home run in the first game for Wayne State while Katelyn Wobken also hit a round tripper in the nightcap for WSC, which ends its season at 11-39 overall and 5-12 NSIC.