PAINESVILLE, Ohio- Lake Erie softball took two wins against G-MAC foe Davis & Elkins today. With the wins, the Storm increases their records to 8-12 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Davis & Elkins falls to 9-19 and 3-5 with the losses.
Lake Erie struck first in the bottom of the first. Peyton Brownlee reached on an error, and moved to second after a sacrifice bunt by Chloe Allen. A single by Kaitlin Peacock scored Brownlee, and the Storm took a 1-0 lead.
The Senators took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Storm came back in the bottom of the seventh after Allen tripled scoring Brownlee (singled). The triple tied the game and sent it into extras.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kaitlin Peacock led off with a walk. Megan Smith hit a single, putting runners on first and second. Allyssa Johnson flew out, but both runners tagged up into scoring position. Starting pitcher Parker Viele then singled up the middle, sealing the walk-off win with a final score of 3-2.
Viele pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run on nine hits, no walks, and earned three strikeouts. The win put the freshman pitcher at 4-2 this season.
In game two, Brownlee, Allen and Smith walked to load the bases. Cheyanne Hamel drew a walk to score the first run of the game before Davis & Elkins tied it up in the top of the second (HR). In the Storm's half of the third, Taylor Phillips doubled, and a single by Hamel gave the Storm back the lead.
Then, in the bottom of the fifth with runners on second and third, Megan Smith reached first on a fielder's choice. The first baseman for D&E attempted to throw Phillips out at home. The throw was wide, and two runs came in for the Storm giving them a 4-2 lead over the Senators.
The Senators scored two more in the top of the sixth, to bring them within one. But in the bottom half of the inning, Kaitlin Peacock hit an RBI single to give the Storm a two-run cushion. They won the second game with a final score of 5-3.
Ally Deemer started the game for the Storm, getting 6.2 innings of work in her third win of 2019. The senior allowed three earned runs on eight hits and one walk, while earning one strikeout. Parker Viele earned the save.
The Storm will host G-MAC teams Trevecca Nazarene and Kentucky Wesleyan this weekend.