HILLSDALE, MI. – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they split their doubleheader with Hillsdale College.
In game one the Storm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) reached base to lead off the game. After Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia) and Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) advanced Urgo to second and third, Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) reached on a fielder's choice and drove in Ugo. The game remained tied until the bottom of the fourth when the Chargers got on the board to tie the game at one run apiece. The Storm answered with two runs in the fifth. Urgo got the inning started as she reached on an error and the next batter Rizzo had a bunt single. Urgo and Rizzo were driven in when E. Karako singled through the right side. Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) finished the game strong as she shut down the Chargers for the remainder of the game, and the Storm won 3-1. Deemer pitched a complete game and earned her seventh win of the season, as she allowed one run on eight hits.
In game two the Chargers took a 2-0 lead in the first before the Storm tied the game in the bottom of the third. Urgo got the inning rolling for the Storm as she singled, and advanced to second by a Rizzo sacrifice. Urgo was driven in off of a single by E. Karako. Later in the inning the Storm tied the game as Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) doubled to center to score S. Karako who walked earlier in the inning. Hillsdale reclaimed their lead with a run in the top of the fourth. The Storm bounced back and scored when Rizzo reached on a fielder's choice, which plated Nicole Grimmett (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) who singled earlier in the inning. The next batter up S. Karako hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty), and the Storm took a 4-3 advantage into the fifth inning. The Chargers scored two runs in the sixth, and added five more in the seventh to take a 10-4 advantage. The Storm loaded the bases in the seventh inning as Rizzo, S. Karako, and Hajnosz all singled. Rizzo and S. Karako were both driven in when Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) reached on an error. The Storm was unable to complete the comeback and fell, 10-6.
Lake Erie will return to the diamond Thursday (April 21st) as they host Northwood University with the first game of the doubleheader beginning at 1 P.M.