Storm Falls in Close Battle with Lakers

Photo by Jem Smith
Photo by Jem Smith

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they dropped a pair of games against Grand Valley St.

The Lakers scored two runs in the first inning and took a 2-0 advantage.  After a scoreless second inning the Lakers added a run in the third.  The Storm responded in the bottom of the third when Lindsay Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) hit a leadoff double.  Later in the inning Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) singled home Valvoda.  The Storm scored again in the fourth when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) singled up the middle to start the inning.  Hajnosz later scored on a passed ball, to make the score 3-2.  The Lakers added a run in the fifth and took a 4-2 lead. Arial Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Urgo each reached base for the Storm in the bottom of the seventh.  Later in the inning Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) drove home both runners and tied the game at four runs apiece.  The Storm and the Lakers played the eighth and ninth innings as a scoreless battle before the Lakers scored a run in the tenth, to take a 5-4 lead, and held on to win the game. 

The second game the Storm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when S. Karako doubled to left field.  The next batter up Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) reached on an error and drove home S. Karako.  The Lakers responded with a run in the bottom of the first and tied the game at a run apiece.  The Lakers scored a run in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead.  Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia) tied the game for the Storm in the sixth as she bunted for a single, stole second, and scored on a passed ball.  The Lakers won the game in the bottom of the seventh with a run, and won 3-2.     

Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) pitched 10 innings to record a complete game.  Deemer allowed three earned runs, on nine hits.  Deemer struck out a batter, and only allowed one walk in the first game for the Storm.  Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) was on the mound in game two as she pitched a complete game.  She allowed three runs on six hits, and struck out two.    

Lake Erie will be back in action Tuesday (March 29th) when they host Walsh University with the first game of the double header starting at 1 P.M.

-LEC-