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Storm Can't Close Out Wild Nightcap at Findlay


PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Despite a vicious rally to climb back into the nightcap of Friday’s (March 19) doubleheader at Findlay, the Lake Erie softball team was unable to claim a win against the Oilers, who swept the Storm, 9-2 and 11-10.
The Storm (3-13) trailed, 6-1, heading into the top of the fourth inning, but scored seven times to take an 8-6 lead. Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) drew a bases-loaded walk to start the scoring. Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) followed with an RBI single, moving everyone up a base. Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) then ripped a two-run single to cut the Oiler lead to 6-5.
The next batter, Brittany Sostre, gave the Storm an 8-6 lead on a three-run blast to left-center. The home run was her second of the season.

The Oilers responded from the Storm’s biggest inning of the season by dropping a five-spot on Lake Erie in their half of the fourth inning to lead 11-8.
Lake Erie, in the top of the sixth, answered back, but left the tying run at third base. Sostre drove in her fourth run of the game in the inning on an RBI single and Erica Tanski (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) also had an RBI hit in the inning.
The 10 runs and 12 hits were the most by the Storm offense this season. Tanski had three hits, while Foley, Sostre and Rathge had two apiece.
Starter Lauren Malicki (Independence, Ohio/Independence) took the loss for Lake Erie.
In game one, the Oilers jumped out to a four-run lead, but the Storm once again kick-started the offense in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third, Jamie Wodecki (Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) drove in a run on a groundout and Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) followed with an RBI double to cut the Oiler lead to 4-2.
Findlay, though, tacked on five more runs over the next three innings to put the game away.
Ronde was the only Storm hitter with two hits, but she took the loss for the Storm in the circle.
The Storm has a quick turnaround as Lake Erie will travel to Clarion on Saturday (March 20) afternoon to play the Golden Eagles in a double-header beginning at 1 p.m