GOSHEN — The Bethel College women’s softball team concluded a spring trip out west with a 4-6 record with standout pitcher junior Natalie Newell (Goshen) posting a 4-2 record.
She won her first game of the season by defeated Great Falls (Montana) 1-0 in eight innings. She allowed just one hit while striking out 18 and walking one. Newell helped herself out in the top of the eighth when Great Falls started with a runner on second base due to international tie-breaker rules. The first batter lofted a high fly ball in foul territory near the plate. Newell sprinted in to make a diving catch and then recovered to fire a strike to third to cut down the runner who tried to advance on the play.
Her next outing was a 2-1 loss to Northwestern (Iowa). She allowed six hits and two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to go with three walks and 13 strikeouts. She was the winning hurler in a 5-0 victory against Ashford (Iowa) by allowing three hits, walking one and fanning 17. Another win came in a 1-0 victory over Northwestern as Newell gave up five hits, walked one and struck out eight. Her final win of the tour came in a 9-1 decision over Great Falls in which she allowed four hits, one earned run and two walks while whiffing nine.
• Freshman Haley Schrock (Northridge) went 1-for-2 for the Bowling Green Falcons in a 1-0 loss to Western Carolina in Orlando. Florida. Haley Schrock and her twin sister Madison Schrock (Northridge) both scored a run for the Falcons in a 9-5 win over Penn, also in Orlando. Haley has 10 hits, five runs and two RBI on the young season while Madison has a hit, a run and an RBI.
• United States Naval Academy sophomore Julie Jesse (Goshen) was one of 26 Midshipmen named to the first- and second-teams in the Patriot League. The Naval Academy captured the women’s and the men’s conference championships for the third year in a row.