The UMKC Softball team kicked off their fall season with a 10-9 victory over Johnson County Community College this past Saturday. The two teams faced off in a situational scrimmage that placed runners on base to start each inning.
The Roos were led by a dominant effort in the pitching circle by freshman Mia Hoveland (McFarland, Wis.) and junior D.J. Cannon (Dallas, Texas), who combined to strike out 15 batters and allow only 4 hits in seven innings.
Head coach Meredith Smith was very pleased with their performance in their first outing in a Roo uniform. “Mia got off to a really good start early and got into a rhythm that allowed her execute at a high level,” Smith said after Hoveland struck out the first five batters that she faced.
As for Cannon, Coach Smith believes that she showed great flashes of what she is capable of especially in the inning that started with the bases loaded and responded by striking out the side.
As for the offense, the Roos demonstrated nice consistency for the first time out. The Roos scored in every inning of the scrimmage. Several new Roos tallied RBIs including Chyanne Onstad, Ashley Thorne, Bre Hunter and Catherine Friloux.
As for what Coach Smith is looking to improve moving forward she said, “I want to see better decision making in our situational defense. We are having a lot of players rotate through different positions and we need them to adapt to their position specific responsibilities a little faster.”
The UMKC Softball team returns to action this Sunday September 23rd at 11am against the University of Central Missouri at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy.