The Wildcats battled stiff competition when they faced conference rival Northwestern State in Abilene, as the Lady Demons bounced back to take the series, 2-1.
In the first game of the series, the Wildcats jumped on top of the Demons scoring four runs in the first two innings. Senior Peyton Hedrick singled to right field, scoring junior Donelle Johnson followed up by a two-run homerun from senior Holly for a 4-0 lead.
All was quiet on the Western front until the Demons struck three times in the seventh inning, led off by an Emma Hawthorne double that scored one run. The Demons put on two more late scores, but solid defense held off the late push to secure the win, as Hannah Null got the complete game victory.
In the second contest, the Demons jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a solid win. Elyssa Hernandez hit a double to left field that brought a score across the plate and Julie Rawls blasted a three-run shot pushing the lead to 4-0 after three. Madelyn Matt produced two more runs for a 6-0 lead that got all the way up to 8-0 before Hedrick scored after a fly out by freshman Briana Tijerina. Makayla Brown of Northwestern picked up her sixth win while freshman Calie Burris fell to 1-4.
“We just really need to find some consistency and make sure we are getting our jobs done when the time comes,” Brianna Barnhill said. “We need to make adjustments on offense and make sure defense continues to perform well.”