Having to wait two days to play their first game in the post-season proved not to be a good thing for the Peru State Bobcat softball. Mother Nature forced the delay due to rain and cool temperatures, only to see the Bobcats fall to Evangel University 12-0 in five innings.
This occurred in the first round of the revised Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) post-season tournament that was held at the Blue Valley Rec Complex in Overland Park, Kan. With the loss, the Bobcats' season ended with a 15-26 mark.
Central Methodist University ended up winning the tournament over MidAmerica Nazarene University on Sunday. Both teams will advance to the NAIA Softball National Championships.
After a scoreless first inning, the Crusaders scored six in the second inning to take a commanding lead. Evangel added five in the third and tacked on one more in the fourth to capture the win.
The Crusaders scored their 12 runs on eight hits while Peru State was held to just one hit.
Samantha Walker (Peyton, Colo.) got the lone hit for Peru State with that coming in the top of the fifth inning.
Devon Massengale (Elkhorn) pitched two innings and suffered the loss. Massengale gave up just two hits, but was tagged for six runs – none of which were earned. Massengale struck out two. Lauren Johnson (Seward) pitched one inning. Johnson gave up four hit and five earned runs. Trista Hutchings (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) threw the last inning. Hutchings gave up two hits, one earned run, and struck out one.
Seven seniors finished their Bobcat careers. They include Emily Maresh (Central City), Kristen Bodyk (Paris, Ontario, Canada), Casee Ford (Fort Collins, Colo.), Toni Moffatt (Morden, Manitoba, Canada), Hutchings, Walker, and Tesla Oldfield (Nebraska City).