The Bethel softball team could not come up with the timely hits needed to push runs across the plate during a doubleheader Wednesday at Allan Wedel Field on the Bethel College Campus, and the result was a pair of losses — 6-0 and 7-4 — to Kansas Wesleyan.
Bethel hung tough in the first game of the day, despite not being able to mount much offense in a 6-0 loss.
Kansas Wesleyan’s Tara Stubits kept the Thresher offense just off balance from her spot in the pitcher’s circle, striking out four while allowing just three hits by the Threshers — two of those off of the bat of Alexis Wilson.
Pitchers Madison McDowell and Laura Pineda kept Bethel in the game for the first few innings, but the Coyotes were able to break the game open in the final stanza with four runs. McDowell suffered the loss for Bethel.
The second verse was much like the first — Bethel was able to string together a couple of hits in the first inning, including a double from Emalee Overbay, to plate a pair of runs and tie the game at 2 after the first.
Bethel was unable to cross the plate again until the fifth, when a pair of errors, including a dropped ball during a pickle situation, allowed Bailea Crist to score.
However, Bethel had given up three runs in the top of the inning and still trailed.
Syndey Harper gave the Thresher faithful a show in right field in the top of the seventh, collecting a diving catch she turned into a double play by throwing out a runner at first. She followed that with a catch to record all three outs in the stanza.
The Threshers would rally to score one run when Kerrigan Simmons reached on an error, then scored on a hit by Emalee Overbay. Bethel would not score again as Kansas Wesleyan slipped away.
Bethel fell to 6-12 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play and 10-17 overall.