The No. 17 Rogers State softball team defeated Fort Hays State in both games of a MIAA doubleheader on Thursday at the Diamond Sports Complex.
How it Happened (Game 1): Through the first three innings of the game, Andrea Morales struck out eight batters in the row, with the last two of the eight batters being struck out on six-straight pitches.
In the third inning, the Hillcats put their first run across the plate. Sabrina Anguiano hit a double to right field to score Jaylan Gibson from third base to make the score 1-0.
The Hillcats added another run in the fourth inning. Tailee Redding reached first base after a throwing error from the Tigers third basemen with two outs.
Abigail Taylor stepped up to the plate next to hit a double to right center to score Redding to make the score 2-0.
Two runs proved to be all the Hillcats needed to win the game as Morales continue to be dominant as she only allowed two hits and pitched a complete game shutout.
How it Happened (Game 2): The Hillcats started the game off scoring their only two runs of the game in the first inning. Anguiano started off the inning by reaching base on a single to center field.
After the next two Hillcat batters recorded outs, Makayla Bowman stepped up to the plate to hit a double to left center. The Tigers' left fielder then had a throwing error to the shortstop and this allowed both Anguiano and Bowman to scored.
M'kayla Hillman only needed two runs as well, as she pitched a complete game shutout to give the Hillcats the win.
Key Players: Morales struck out 13 batters in the first game of the doubleheader, which is a season high. Morales also recorded her fifth complete game shutout of the season. She now has a record of 15-2 for the season.
Hillman recorded her third complete game shutout of the season. The freshman is now 6-6 for the year.
Anguiano was 4-for-6 from the plate for the doubleheader, including two doubles in the first game. Anguiano accounted for two runs and one RBI in the games.
Taylor went 3-for-6 from the plate for the doubleheader with a double. Taylor also recorded one RBI.
Up Next: Rogers State and the MIAA have suspended the spring sports season indefinitely due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus. More information will be posted on RSUhillcats.com when it becomes available.