CLERMONT, Fl. – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they split their double header, falling to Wheeling Jesuit before defeating Calumet College.
After a scoreless first inning the Storm opened the scoring in the second. Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) reached base on a walk and advance to second later in the inning, then Arial Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) ripped a double to the center field fence to plate Yanek, and gave the Storm a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals answered back with a two run homerun in the bottom of the third. The Storm threatened in the sixth but fell, 2-1. Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) pitched a solid complete game. She allowed two runs on only five hits. Shevenell struck out a pair in her six innings of work.
In game two, the Storm opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Birtley reached base, and advanced to second by an error from the right fielder. After Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) was hit by a pitch, Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) singled home Birtley. Lake Erie tacked on a second run in the inning after a walk from Kristin Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood), and a single from Nicole Grimmett (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) drove in S. Karako. The Storm added two runs in the second when S. Karako doubled home both Kaitlyn Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) and Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia), to make the score 4-0. Later in the inning, Kr. Peacock singled home S. Karako to make the score, 5-0 in the second. The Crimson Wave cut into the lead with two runs in the third. The Crimson Wave tied the game at five runs apiece with three runs in the fourth. The Storm regained the lead in the sixth, when S. Karako doubled down the left field line and drove in Rizzo. Lake Erie secured the win as Yanek pitched a solid seventh inning, and the Storm won 6-5.
The Storm was led by S. Karako as she was 5-6 at the plate today. In game two she was responsible for five of the six runs as she had three rbi, and crossed the plate twice. S. Karako had a pair of doubles on the day.
Lake Erie will wrap of their spring trip to Florida tomorrow as they play Cedarville and Northern State at 9 and 11:30 a.m. respectively.