MLC softball wins three at North Central tourney

MINNEAPOLIS – The Martin Luther College softball team finished the second day of the North Central University Tournament at the Plymouth Creek Dome with three wins.

MLC started the day with a 15-6 loss to Presentation, but came back to beat North Central 12-11. The Knights then defeated Maranatha Baptist Bible College 10-6 in a game that was stopped Thursday due to time constraints, and won a second game 4-0 against MBBC in five innings to close the day.

The Knights lost the opening game 15-6 to Presentation despite 11 MLC hits in five innings. The Saints scored five times in the third inning and seven more times in the fourth to finish off the win in five innings.

Andrea Biedenbender hit her second home run of the season in the game, while Maggie Schultz finished with two hits and three RBI, all coming on a double in the fourth inning.

MLC came from behind for the second day in a row to beat North Central 12-11. Emily Waldek finished a stellar game at the plate with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Knights the lead.

Waldek finished with four hits (one home run, two triples and one single) and three runs batted in. Waldek also picked up the win on the mound, pitching the first six innings before Kathryn Marquardt came in for the final inning to get the save.

Biedenbender, Morgan Kumbier and Amanda Fogle each had three hits for MLC in the game, helping MLC outhit the Rams 16-12.

In the unfinished game against MBBC, MLC led 6-3 after three when the game was restarted. The Knights added runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings on the way to the win.

Waldek and Biedenbender each had three hits and combined to score five runs. Fogle, MacCartney Mendolla and Madeline Scott each finished with two hits for the Knights.

In the final game of the day, MLC topped MBBC 4-0 in a five-inning game. Marquardt started the game on the mound for the Knights and pitched a gem, allowing only three hits in five shutout innings to secure the win.

At the plate, Biedenbender and Scott each had two hits and scored one run, while Mendolla added a double and a run scored to her strong day at the plate.

After the four games, MLC improved its record to 4-4 on the season.

The Knights will return to action at 3 p.m. on April 3, when they travel to Bethany Lutheran.

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