PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College softball team took a break from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play for a nonconference doubleheader against Clarion University Sunday (April 17).
The Golden Eagles won game one 12-9 in nine innings but bounced back with a 6-0 win in the second game.
The Golden Eagles struck first, scoring five in the top of the second.
Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) and Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio/Lordstown) hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the frame but the Storm was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
After the Golden Eagles added two more in the third, the Storm got to work. Arial Birtley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) led off the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles. After Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio) moved them up with a sac bunt, Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) brought them home with a two RBI single.
Clarion added one run in the top of the fifth.
After Rizzo led off the fifth with a single, Savannah Karako brought her home with a double down the left field line, cutting the lead to five.
Trailing in the bottom of the seventh, Rizzo and Svannah reached base safely to lead off the inning. Liz Karako hit a stand up double to the left field gap, bringing the runners home and cutting the lead to three. Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio/South Range) followed with a pinch hit single to left field. Nicole Grimmett (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) then reached on a fielder's choice which scored Liz Karako and saw Jennifer Doershuk (Streetsboro, Ohio/Kent Roosevelt) safe at third. After Lindsey Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was walked, Birtley hit a sac fly to center, scoring Doershuk. After the runners moved up on a wild pitch, Urgo hit an infield single to tie the game at eight and force extra innings.
Neither team scored in the eighth inning, but the Golden Eagles plated four in the ninth.
With Doershuk starting the ninth on second, Grimmett moved her to third with a groundout. Valvoda hit into a groundout at the next at-bat but it brought Doershuk home to cut the lead to three. However, the Storm was unable to overcome the Golden Eagles lead as they fell in game one.
Savannah and Liz Karako had three hits apiece for the Storm and combined for five RBI.
Hajnosz got the Storm on the board in the bottom of the second with a homerun to left field. The Storm loaded the bases in the inning when Urgo hit into an error, scoring Yanek who singled earlier in the inning.
Valvoda led off the fourth with a double. Birtley brought her home with a single to right field, increasing their lead to three. After Birtley moved to third on a hit by Urgo, Rizzo brought her home on a hit to left field. With Rizzo on third, Liz Karako hit a sac fly to center, giving the Storm a 5-0 lead after four innings.
After Grimmett earned a walk in the fifth, Birtley brought her home with a sac fly to left field.
That proved to be the final run of the game as the Storm defense closed the door on Clarion.
Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary) pitched a gem for the Storm, giving up no runs and just three hits.
Birtly had two hits with two RBI while Urgo also had two hits.
The Storm is back in action April 19 at Hillsdale College.