PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they split their double header with Hillsdale. The Storm fell in game one before bouncing back to take game two.
The Chargers grabbed the lead with a run in the top of the second inning. The Chargers tacked on three runs in the third and took a 4-0 lead. The Storm cut into the Hillsdale lead when Arial Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) grounded out and drove in Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic), to make the score, 4-1 in favor of the Chargers. Hillsdale answered Lake Erie with a pair of runs to take a 6-1 lead in the top of the fifth. The Chargers added a run in the six but the Storm answered when Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) hit a solo homerun to left to make the score, 7-2. The Storm was unable to muster a comeback and fell, 7-2.
In game two, after a scoreless first inning the Storm took a 1-0 lead when Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) singled up the middle and drove home Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown). Lake Erie tacked on a run in the third when Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) singled up the middle to drive in Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia), to give the Storm a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning Lake Erie made the score 4-0 when Hajnosz singled home S. Karako. Birtley provided the Storm with a 4-0 lead when she singled home Hajnosz to end the scoring in the third inning. The Chargers cut into the Storm lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, to make the score 4-1 in favor of Lake Erie. The Storm tacked on two runs when Kaitlyn Peacock (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) singled home both Shevenell and Lindsay Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor. The next batter up Kristin Peacok (Hebron, Ohio / Lakewood) doubled home Birtley and Ka. Peacock. Rizzo plated Kr. Peacock as she singled to left field. S. Karako capped the scoring in the inning when she doubled home Rizzo and gave the Storm a 10-1 lead. Hillsdale tacked on two runs in the fifth and cut the Storm lead to 10-3. The Chargers scored four runs in the seventh but fell, 10-7.
Lake Erie will be back in action tomorrow when they host Wayne State with the game set to start at 1 p.m.