PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College softball team was unable to overcome Ohio Dominican University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader, falling to the Panthers 5-1 and 10-2.
The Panthers (20-24-1, 15-7 GLIAC) got on the board early in game 1, scoring two runs in the top of the first and adding one more in the second. After three scoreless, the Storm got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. Courtney Hawk (New Lebanon. Ohio/Dixie) led off the inning with a bunt single and moved to second on a Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) single down the middle. Meredith Scholle (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) ripped a ball down the left field line to drive in Hawk and put the Storm on the board, making the score 3-1. Ohio Dominican promptly responded in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs and then keeping the Storm bats at bay in the bottom of the frame to seal the win.
Hawk led Lake Erie with two hits and a run. Scholle had the only extra-base hit for the Storm, a double. Gratz and Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) rounded out the hitting for Lake Erie.
Rachael Stanzel picked up her 13th win of the season on the mound for the Panthers, allowing one run and five hits while striking out three. Brooke McCartney and Taylor Thomas had two hits apiece for the Panthers. Thomas, along with Alex Cribari had two runs apiece while Devan Audette had a solo homerun.
Kyleah Burton-Smiles (Columbus, Ohio/Grandview Heights) led off fame two with a single. Mackenzie Quinn (Ypsilanti, Mich./Milan) then sailed a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homerun. However, Panthers pitcher Brandis Fishel held the Storm to just one hit the rest of the game as they capitalized on Lake Erie errors en route to the win.
Elisabeth Weber, Kelsey Seeds and McCartney had two RBI apiece to lead the Panthers. Fishel earned the win, giving up three hits and striking out two.
The Storm return to action Wednesday (April 24) for a GLIAC doubleheader against Tiffin University.