Sports March, 28th, 2019

Written by Koehler Wendt on March 28, 2019

Iowa Wesleyan softball hosted Knox College at Mapleleaf yesterday for their home opener. In game one Tigers scored one run in the 1st inning and then three in the 2nd. In the bottom of the 5th inning Morgan Christner and Alex Eyman both had RBI hits to extend the lead to 6-0. Knox rallied back and scored four runs off five hits, including a three run home run, in the 6th inning. Then in the 7th Knox scored again on a solo home run but the Tigers held on to win 6-5. Kayla Ford went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI, and Morgan Christner picked up the win after pitching seven innings with 12 strikeouts and allowed five runs.

In game two Knox struck first with a run in the 1st. Iowa Wesleyan would respond with seven runs in the bottom of the 1st. Those seven runs came off seven hits and an error, McKena Woolery and Allison Daum led the way with RBI doubles. Tigers scored two runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th inning to lead 13-1. Knox got one more run in the 5th inning to give the final score of 13-2. Ashley Machholz had three RBIs on the day and Emma McDanel picked up another win after five innings striking out five batters. Iowa Wesleyan is now 11-6 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday when they host conference opponent Spalding for a doubleheader, first game will be at 1pm.

 

Iowa Wesleyan Athletic Department has named Chris Gaskin as the next head coach for the women’s soccer team. He becomes the ninth head coach in program history. As the head coach at Green Mountain College he guided the team to a Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship last year plus the first winning season in the program since 2006. Prior to his time at Green Mountain he was an assistant coach at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. During his playing days at Green Mountain College he earned multiple All-Conference honors and was Male Athlete of the Year in 2012. He graduated with a degree in sociology and then obtained a Master’s degree in sports psychology. Gaskin went on to play for Riverside Football and University of Stirling Futsal Team in Scotland in 2014 and 2015 where he was awarded the Player’s Player of the Season.

 

Sports Scheduled for Mt Pleasant:

-Thursday: Varsity girls tennis playing at Notre Dame 4:30pm

Varsity boys tennis hosting Davis County 4:30pm

Girls and Boys track will be hosting a varsity invitational out at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex starting at 4:30pm

-Saturday: Varsity boys soccer playing in an invitational at Fort Madison starting at 9am

 

On April 20th there is going to be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament taking place at Mt Pleasant Middle School. There are several age groups for male and female teams to compete in. The cost is $60 per team and all checks should be made out to Mt Pleasant Tourney Team. For more information and to register contact Ronnie Ashton at (319)931-2896.

 

College Basketball:

-Iowa women’s basketball is still in the dance. Making it to the Sweet 16 the #2 seed Hawkeyes will play #3 NC State on March 30th at 10:30am in Greensboro North Carolina.