Hillsdale Charges Past Storm

Courtney Hawk (Photo by Mike Cerniglia)

HILLSDALE, Mich.-- The Lake Erie College softball team were unable to come away from their trip north to Michigan with a win, falling at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Hillsdale College 7-3 and 6-3 Sunday (April 21). 

The Chargers (10-14, 9-8 GLIAC) got on the board first when Ainsley Ellison stole third and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the first. The Storm (2-28, 0-20 GLIAC) responded the following inning. Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) led off with a double and eventually scored on a pass ball. Hillsdlae gained the lead back in the bottom of the third when Ellison scored once again on a Taylor Schulty single. The Chargers continued to find home plate in the inning, scoring three more runs to take a 5-1 lead. 

After a scoreless fourth inning, the Storm produced two runs in the top of the fifth. With Courtney Hawk (New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie) and Mackenzie Quinn (Ypsilanti, Mich./Milan) on base, Meredith Scholle (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) singled to left field, scoring the duo to cut the lead to 5-3. Hillsdale answered right back in the bottom of the frame, scoring two more runs to seal the win. 

Katie Ardey picked her fifth win of the season for Hillsdale while Sarah Klopfer had the save. Ellison led the Chargers with four hits and Kate Hoop had four RBI. 

Scholle led the Storm with two hits and two RBI. Seven Storm players had hits, with Ondercin and Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) hitting a double apiece. 

In game two, the Chargers steadily put together a six run lead over the first six innings. In the bottom of the sixth, the Storm rallied with two outs. Quinn got on base on a field error which moved Hawk to second after she reached on a walk. Gratz singled to left field which scored Hawk from second and advanced Quinn to third. Scholle was next to bat and knocked in Gratz and Quinn on a single to right field to cut the lead to 6-3 after six innings. The Storm held the Chargers without a run in an inning for the first time in the game in the top of the seventh but the Storm was unable to produce any runs in the bottom of the frame as Hillsdale held on for the win. 

Sarah Klopfer picked up the win on the mound for Hillsdale, striking out seven. Sarah Grunert led the Chargers on offense with a hit, a run and two RBI. 

Scholle once again led the Storm with two RBI on a hit while Hawk, Gratz and Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) had a single apiece.

The Storm is back at home on Tuesday (April 21) when they host Ohio Dominican University in a GLIAC doubleheader. 

-LEC-