Clermont, Fla. – The Lake Erie College softball team split the double header on their final day of competition in Florida today (March 6th). The Storm defeated West Liberty in the first game and fell to Millersville in game two; Lake Erie is 5-5 now on the season.
After a perfect top of the first inning the Storm added three runs in the bottom of the first. Lindsey Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) singled and drove in both Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) and Jessacca Gironda (Kent State). Later in the inning Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) reached on an error and Valvoda crossed the plate for a 3-0 Storm advantage. West Liberty cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs in the second. Lake Erie scored two runs in the bottom of the second to make the score, 5-2. The Storm scored when S. Karako doubled to left center and plated Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia), and scored again when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) reached on an error and S. Karako scored from second base. West Liberty answered back with a run in the third to make the score, 5-3 in favor of the Storm. Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) singled with runners on first and second, and Shevenell scored on the hit. Lake Erie added three more in the inning on a bases loaded double by Hajnosz to make the score 10-3 in favor of the Storm. Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) singled home both Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio / Pymatuning Valley) and Ariel Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) in the bottom of the fourth to give the Storm a 12-3 advantage.
In game two Millersville took a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning. Millersville added four more in the second for a 5-0 advantage. Urgo singled with the bases loaded to score Valvoda in the top of the fourth to make the score, 5-1 in favor of Millersville. Millersville scored in the sixth to make the score 6-1, and won 6-1.
Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio / Brookside) started game one on the mound for the Storm and got the win. Ondercin pitched a five inning complete game and allowed three earned runs. Ondercin had five strike outs, and zero walks in the game.
The Storm will be back in action March 17th when they travel to take on Wheeling Jesuit.