ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Lake Erie College softball team was defeated today (April 4th) by Grand Valley St. in their doubleheader action. With the losses the Storm is now 7-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference, and with the wins Grand Valley is now 21-7 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
Grand Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the first and took an early 2-0 advantage. Grand Valley added a run in the second, to take a 3-0 lead. The Lakers added three more runs in the third and took a 6-0 advantage. Grand Valley added three runs in the fourth and maintained their lead to win in five innings.
In game two, Grand Valley took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. The Storm answered in the bottom of the first when Jessacca Gironda (Kent State) led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion). Gironda scored when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) reached on an error. Urgo scored later in the inning on a ground out by Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic), and Hajnosz came across to score off of a single by Kaylie Lewis (Sebring, Ohio / West Branch). After Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) reached on an error, Lindsay Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) hit a double that scored both Lewis and Shevenell to tie the game at 5 runs apiece. The inning continued when Ariel Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) singled and drove in Valvoda to give the Storm a 6-5 advantage after the first inning. Grand Valley scored six runs in the second inning to take an 11-5 advantage. Grand Valley added seven runs in the third to take an 18-6 advantage. The Storm loaded the bases in the third, and Gironda singled to score Jennifer Doershuk (Streesboro, Ohio / Kent Roosevelt). Urgo also singled to drive in Valvoda, to make the score 18-8 in favor of Grand Valley. The Storm scored in the fifth when Doershuk crossed the plate when Urgo was hit by a pitch. The Storm scored again in the fifth when Hajnosz grounded out and drove in Valvoda, to make the score 18-10. The Storm fell in 18-10 in five innings.
Lake Erie will be back in action Monday (April 6th) when they host Wayne St., with the first game of the doubleheader starting at 3 P.M.