I spent 11 hours at Mizzou Softball on Saturday, and wrote 3,637 words for the site consisting of two previews And A recap (not counting this, too), and authored 14 action-packed event tweets for the game. I’m tired. And I didn’t even have to put my body through what not. Did 15 Missouri Tigers (38-21) in the field.
Watching Kim Wert move gingerly away from first base to the dugout late in the second game of the double header that ran until 10:47pm, I felt it in my soul. Not only did she get tossed in her back by a softball trying to take out one at the top of the third inning – are we playing dribble or softball?!? –But between the two games, the break between Illinois and Missouri State, and the 78-minute weather delay earlier in the first game, it hurt. By the way, the coach said she’s fine. I asked in the postgame. She said starting and stopping is killing her, comparing her – for what has happened several times this season – to an offensive lineman. She had a blast, but she’ll be fine on Sunday’s menu.
As I sat at press digs on the weekend – there were meals there on Saturday – I made a menu. In those 11 hours on the field, following Mizzou’s stats only, I’ve seen 1 win, 1 loss, 8 hits total, 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 home run, 2 extra base runs, and 9 runners left at the base. From Mizzou’s throw, I was witness to 3 bowlers, 17 hits, 1 complete game, 1 close, 6 runs and 2 runs allowed. What a frustrating and fun day at the same time. And it continues today!
I’ve already summarized the first game of the double head here. So let’s get to late at night.
Missouri State ace Stephanie Dickerson faced off for the second time in two days, and after watching her just throw one punch to knock Illinois out of the Columbia Regional – who had that on their bingo card?!? — The question was whether Missouri could make adjustments after being jammed repeatedly on Friday night.
After the first meeting, coach Anderson stressed the need to look for better offers, not pressure. “We put the racket on the ball, but we didn’t play it hard…we were jamming ourselves rather than swinging freely and trusting ourselves in those situations…she (Dickerson) was hitting hard. She kept our balance. She worked on both sides of the board that made us Really on our front foot. So I have to tip my hat to Missouri and how they attacked us.”
That’s what the Tigers tried to do the most Saturday night, and they had some success early on at least. Dickerson Is that true Good, guys, and he looks like he has a robotic arm. She threw 7 full runs against Illinois, followed by 6 2⁄3 Against the Mizzou with about 40 minutes of rest in between. Thus, only 5 . is allowed Total hits and no Walks. For Power-5 teams. in the NCAA Championship. Let this sink in. Also, she could certainly have survived the full game against Mizzou, but coach Hesse and the team wanted to give her a proper farewell and applause in her last game as Missouri State Bear; It was a wonderful moment. Coach Anderson made sure to give Stephanie her flower in the post-game press, congratulating her on an amazing performance, saying she was one of the best in the country and would fit well in the SEC. .
After reminding the team between matches that they just need to focus and they can win the match in the first half, the team did just that. Gina Laird pulled off a hat-trick up front, immediately starting the Tiger attack in the first half, followed by Brock Willems’ first solo move. At just two bats deep, the Tigers were leading 1-0.
“The game wasn’t always won in the seventh game with the game on the line,” Anderson said. “The game can be won in the first half if they hold together and take the opportunity.” Something the Tigers didn’t do in that fateful third inning with loaded bases against Arizona…
While the Tigers wouldn’t score any more runs in the second half, they succeeded in another run at the top of the second as Kara Daly smashed a ball right into the center, making it 2-0 (their thirteenth number of the year). Daly also had a nice single that left her at number four, but the Tigers just couldn’t get her way. Alex Honnold led with one song on the seventh – 3⁄4 One of the Tigers’ hits were front-hitters, oddly enough – and Daly (she had a great game) made it to FC right after that, but the break ended with her getting stuck at the start…again.
Kara Daly described the on-court pitch as “fat” in the post-game game, saying that she “likes the outdoor pitches a bit,” but stresses that she wasn’t looking to run on her own. She just wanted to hit the ball as hard as she could. Mission accomplished – that thing flew.
As for Missouri’s offense, they’ve got a feud here and there, but as the match goes on at Krings – or should I say KKKKKKKKKrings?!? – He deals. After the state of MO by Plummer (responsible for 2⁄3 from Bears Attack) at the bottom of the first, spec finished the inning with a penalty kick. At the bottom of the third set, Plummer walked again and Krehbiel to get two, but the inning again ended with a penalty kick. After hitting the side in fourth, Missouri put two in fifth, but guess what? Specs finished that run with a penalty kick as well, and on the sixth day, after initially judging it safe, the review called it off – good job on the challenge, Larissa – and the Bears went on…you guessed it…another strike.
I think the last inning was Krings’ best job, because she did it all herself. After the strike no. 10 started in the inning, caught a drive line fired directly at her stomach for the second exit, and hit the dough does not. 11 to finish the game. Three great masterpiece, full game, and stop. I now get 185 hits a year…I guess so still Not quite up to Chelsea Thomas’ 2013 record, otherwise we would have been given notice. Regardless, awesome. Just awesome.
Krings said in the post-game that her control was really good Saturday night, and her changeover complements all of that. When asked how to change her approach when there are runners at the base—she’s faced the FPS runners four times—she emphasized keeping the same approach. I must say, I believe her. She remains locked up no matter what happens.
Anderson added, “It makes no difference what court you (Krings, or any of the bowlers for that) throw in the regional final, or what you throw in California at Mary Notre, or what you throw at Devine (winger). training) in practice.
(Side note: I like that they are all in the interview room together and can feed into each other’s responses)
Next, the Tigers will attempt to avoid elimination by defeating the Arizona Wildcats twice today, with the first of them starting at 3 p.m.
“We competed for 14 rounds,” the coach said. “The important thing (on Saturday) was to leave everything you can on the field and compete to give yourself a chance to play on Sunday for the championship. We will play as hard as we can for as long as we can.”
I’ll have more before the game, including how to watch.