PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they split their double header with Mercyhurst. The Storm won game one, 7-1 and fell in the second game, 9-7.
The Lakers tacked on a run in the first before the Storm responded with four runs in the bottom of the first. Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia) led off the inning with a double to right field. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in by Chloe Allen (Lebanon, Ohio / Lebanon) as she reached on an error. Later in the inning, the Storm loaded the bases and a double to left field by Ashley Brown (Dayton, Ohio / Carlisle) plated both Allen and Jennifer Doershuk (Streesboro, Ohio / Kent Roosevelt). The next batter up Alyssa Johnson (Wickliffe, Ohio / Wickliffe) grounded out to second, but drove in Kaitlyn Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood). After four scoreless innings, the Storm tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Rizzo got the inning started when she reached on an error. The next batter up Allen singled and advanced Rizzo to third. Rizzo stole home while Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) was hitting. Later in the inning Doershuk singled and drove in both Allen and Hajnosz and gave the Storm 7-1 edge, and the Storm won 7-1. Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) was in the circle for game one as she pitched a complete game. She allowed one run on three hits, struck out three batters, and won her fourth game of the season.
Game two started with a scoreless first and second inning before the Lakers tacked on a pair of runs in the third inning. Taylor Phillips (Ontario, Canada John F. Ross) led off the bottom of the third for the Storm with a double down the left field line, and Jamie Carpenter (Bainbridge, Ohio Kenston) grounded out and moved Phillips to third. Phillips later stole home, and made the score 2-1 in favor of the Lakers. Mercyhurst responded with a four run fourth, and took a 6-1 edge. Lake Erie answered back with a run in the bottom of the fourth. The Storm got the inning started with two outs as Brown doubled to left field, and advanced Ka. Peacock to third. Ka. Peacock scored when Johnson singled. The next batter up Phillips singled and plated Brown to cut the Lakers lead to 6-3. The Lakers tacked on two runs in the fifth and grabbed an 8-3 lead. Allen led off the bottom of the fifth as she reached on an error, and advanced to second on a Hajnosz single. Ka. Peacock singled home both Allen and Hajnosz with a single into left field, and the Storm cut the Lakers lead to 8-5 heading into the sixth inning. The Lakers added a run in the sixth and grabbed a 9-5 edge. Phillips led off the innings with a single and advanced to second on an error by the left fielder. Phillips scored later in the inning when Rizzo singled into left field, to make the scored, 9-6 in favor of the Lakers. The Storm rallied in the seventh as Doershuk lead off the innng with a walk. Later in the inning Brown doubled down the left field line and plated Doershuk, to make the score 9-7. The Lake Erie rally fell short, and the Storm lost 9-7.
Lake Erie will return to the diamond on Friday (March 30) when they travel to take on Trevecca Nazarene, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.