MIDLAND, Mich.—The Lake Erie College softball team kicked off a season ending three game road trip at Northwood University Thursday (April 21) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader.
The Storm won game one 5-1 and game two 9-1.
The Timberwolves struck first, scoring one run in the top of the second, but the Storm fired back in the bottom of the frame.
With Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio/Lordstown) on first after reaching on a fielder's choice, Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio/South Range) hit a homerun to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.
The Storm increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) led off with a double. Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) followed up with a single to right center, bringing Savannah home.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Storm put the game out of hand. With Liz Karako on following a double, Hajnosz homered to increase the lead to four. The Storm defense kept the Timberwolves off the board in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary) pitched a gem. In seven innings, she allowed one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Liz Karako went three-for-three at the plate with a run and a RBI. Hajnosz and Yanek had two RBI apiece.
The Storm got to work in the top of second. Hajnosz led off with a double to right center. Yanek followed up with a single to center. With two outs, Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif./Liberty) earned a walk, leading to an infield single by Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) for the game's first run. Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio/Nordonia) then earned a walk, giving the Storm another run. Savannah Karako singled up the middle, scoring Shevenell and extending the lead to three.
Hajnosz was hit by a pitch to lead off the third. After working her way to third, Nicole Grimmett (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) brought her across the plate.
The Storm offense continued to produce in the fourth. Urgo and Rizzo led off with back-to-back singles. A single to right field by Hajnosz brought the two home to give the Storm a 6-0 lead.
After the Timberwolves scored in the bottom of the fourth, the Storm offense got right back to work. Grimmett led off with an infield second and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Urgo earned a walk, Rizzo singled to load the bases. A Savannah Karako single to center scored Alexis Kane (Hillard, Ohio/Hillard Bradley), who was pinch running for Grimmett, and Urgo. A double by Hajnosz scored Rizzo to push the lead to 9-1.
Shevenell started the game on the mound for the Storm. In five innings, she allowed just one run while fanning three.
Savannah Karako and Hajnosz had three RBI apiece. Rizzo and Hajnosz both went three-of-three from the plate. Urgo, Rizzo and Hajnosz each scored twice.
The Storm is back in action Friday (April 22) at Wayne State University for a GLIAC doubleheader.