NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was defeated in both games of their double header against Walsh today (March 31st). With the losses the Storm falls to 6-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference, and with the wins Walsh improves to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
The Storm threatened in the top of the first when Jessacca Gironda (Kent State) single and Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) walked, but the team could not bring them around to score. Walsh broke the scoring drought in the bottom of the fifth, to make the score 2-0. Walsh scored two more runs in the sixth. In the seventh Gironda singled up the middle to drive in Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia), and Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) advanced to second on the hit. Hajnosz doubled to center and drove in S. Karako, and Gironda, to make the score 4-3, and the Storm come back fell just short as they lost 4-3 to Walsh.
The Storm opened the scoring in game two when Gironda got on base, and Hajnosz hit a two run homerun, to give the Storm a 2-0 advantage. Lake Erie scored two more runs in the second when Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) reached on an error, and Ariel Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) crossed the plate. Then S. Karako grounded out, but Urgo was able to score on the play, to give the Storm a 4-0 lead. Walsh scored seven runs in the top of the third. Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) scored, and Lindsey Valdoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) advanced to third, on a wild pitch in the fourth, to make the score, 7-5 in favor of Walsh. Later in the inning Birtley doubled home Valvoda, and Urgo singled home Birtley to tie the game at seven runs apiece. Walsh scored two runs in the fourth to take a 9-7 advantage. Walsh added three runs in the fifth and took a 12-7 lead. S. Karako walked in the fifth and Valvoda scored on the play to cut the Walsh lead to 12-8. Walsh took a 17-8 lead as they scored five runs in the sixth, and maintained the lead to win the game.
Lake Erie will be back in action Friday (April 3rd) when they travel to take on Ferris St., with the first game starting at 3 P.M.