CLERMONT, Fl. – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they split their double header falling to Gannon University but bouncing back to defeat Calumet College.
In game one, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Storm took a 1-0 lead. Skylar Acuna (Redlands, Calif. / Redlands) opened the inning with a bunt single and was later driven in by a Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) single. Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) continued to cruise on the mound as she shout down the Knights with a three pitch fourth inning. The Storm held the lead until the top of the sixth when the Knights tied the game with a run. Gannon added a run in the top of the seventh and took a 2-1 lead. Arial Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) gave the Storm a chance in the seventh with a double to left center, but the Storm fell, 2-1.
In game two, Lake Erie jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia) scored, as Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) grounded out to first. The Storm doubled their led in the second when Kristin Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) opened the inning with a single and a stolen base. Peacock was later driven in by a Birtley single, to give the Storm a 2-0 advantage. Lake Erie continued to add runs in the third when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) hit a two run homerun to drive in E. Karako. After two scoreless innings, the Storm added to their lead in the sixth when Kaitlyn Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) walked and drove in Birtley. S. Karako was the next batter up and singled home a pair of runs as Kaylie Lewis (Sebring, Ohio / West Branch) and Rizzo scored. After S. Karako, E. Karako singled and plated Ka. Peacock. Hajnosz then reached on a fielder's choice and drove in S. Karako to give the Storm a 9-0 lead in the top of the sixth. The Crimson Wave cut into the Storm lead with three runs in the sixth, and made the score 9-3. Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) came in to pitch the seventh inning and closed the door as the Storm won, 9-3.
On the mound for the Storm in game two was Lewis as she got the win for the Storm. She pitched a solid six innings, giving up three runs on five hits.
Lake Erie will be back in action Thursday (March 2) when they play Wheeling Jesuit and Calumet College with the games at 9 and 11:30 a.m. respectively.