PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they swept Malone University.
In game one Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) started the game with two scoreless innings for the Storm. The Storm loaded the base in the bottom of the second when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) walked, and Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) and Lindsay Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) both singled. The Storm got on the board when Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Hajnosz. The Pioneers responded with a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game. The Storm loaded the bases again in the sixth and Valvoda drove in Alexis Kane (Hillard, Ohio / Hillard Bradley) who pinch ran for Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) who led off the inning with a single. Later in the inning Arial Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive home Hajnosz and gave the Storm a 3-1 advantage entering the final inning. Deemer pitched a perfect seventh inning and the Storm won the game 3-1. Deemer pitched a complete game as she earned her sixth win on the season. Deemer allowed one run on four hits and struck out six.
In game two, the Storm and Pioneers played two scoreless innings, before the Pioneers scored twice in the third to take a 2-0 advantage. The Storm bounced back to take the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Hajnosz got the inning started with a single before she was driven in by Jennifer Doershuk (Streesboro, Ohio / Kent Roosevelt). The next batter up Valvoda singled up the middle and plated Doershuk. Shevenell doubled later in the inning to drive in Valvoda, to give the Storm a 3-2 lead. The Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a run. The game remained tied and the Storm and Pioneers entered extra innings tied at 3 runs apiece. The Storm took the lead in the top of the eighth when Shevenell singled up the middle to drive in Valvoda, and the Storm won the game 4-3. Shevenell pitched a complete game eight innings, and earned her fifth win of the season. Shevenell allowed three runs on 11 hits and struck out seven.
Lake Erie will return to the diamond Saturday (April 16th) when they host Ashland University with the first game of the double header starting at 1 P.M.