KISSIMMEE, Fla.--The Lake Erie College softball team split on day four of the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., defeating Wheeling Jesuit University, 7-6, before falling to Holy Family University, 6-3.
Wheeling Jesuit jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The Storm (2-6) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame when Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) scored on a fielding error.
Wheeling Jesuit tacked on two more runs in the top of the third before the Lake Erie bats lit up in the bottom of the inning. Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) started off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice from Klemp. Bleck then advanced to third on a Courtney Hawk (New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie) groundout. A Mackenzie Quinn (Ypsilanti, Mich./Milan) singled knocked Bleck in to cut the score to 4-2. Meredith Scholle (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) singled to move Quinn to third. After Scholle stole second, Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) singled to score both Scholle and Quinn to tie the game at four. The following inning, Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley) reached base on a fielder's error and was then batted in by Klemp to give the Storm a 5-4 advantage. Wheeling Jesuit quickly responded in the top of the fifth to tie the game back up at five.
In the bottom of the fifth, Gratz singled with two outs. A Morgan Studd (Wakeman, Ohio/Western Reserve) singled moved Gratz to second, who scored on a Dowen single to put the Storm back on top 6-5. The following inning, Bleck led off with a single and moved along to third on a fielding error and a wild pitch. Bleck scored on a groundout by Quinn to increase the lead to 7-5. The Cardinals added one more run in the top of the seventh but it was not enough as the Storm held on for the win.
Bleck and Gratz led the Storm with two hits apiece while Gratz and Quinn had two RBI. Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio / Brookside) picked up the win on the mound for the Storm, pitching a complete game.
The Storm fell to Holy Family 6-3 in the second game of the day. More details to follow.