PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action as they swept Malone University. The Storm won game one, 6-2 and took game two, 8-0.
The Pioneers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, but Lake Erie responded to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Payton Brownlee (Newark, Ohio / Granville) led off the inning with a single thru the left side and advanced to second on an error. Later in the inning, Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) singled and drove in Brownlee to tie the game. After a scoreless second inning, the Storm grabbed a 2-1 lead when Hajnosz singled home Brownlee, who walked to lead off the inning. The Storm added to their lead in the fourth as Taylor Phillips (Ontario, Canada / John F. Ross) led off the inning with a double. Later in the inning, Kaitlyn Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) hit a two run homerun to centerfield, to give Lake Erie a 4-1 edge. The Storm tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Phillips ripped two run homerun to plate Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Ashley Brown (Dayton, Ohio / Carlisle) closed the game down and the Storm won, 6-1. Brown pitched a complete game as she allowed one run on nine hits, as she struck out four batters.
The Storm bats stayed hot in game two as they grabbed a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Brownlee led off the inning as she reached on an error, and a S. Karako single advanced Brownlee to third. S. Karako stole second and a single by Hajnosz advanced S. Karako to third and scored Brownlee. The next batter up Jennifer Doershuk (Streesboro, Ohio / Kent Roosevelt) singled and plated both S. Karako and Hajnosz. Later in the inning, Kristin Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) singled into right field and drove in Doershuk. The next batter up Ka. Peacock tripled and plated Phillips and Kr. Peacock, to give the Storm a 6-0 advantage. Lake Erie added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning when a Phillips double plated both Doershuk and S. Karako, and gave Lake Erie an 8-0. Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) was in the circle for the Storm in game two. She had a perfect game thru the first four innings of the game. Deemer pitched a complete game shutout, as she allowed only three hits, and struck out three batters.
Lake Erie will return to the diamond Tuesday (April 24) when they host Alderson Broaddus, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.