Softball Start Conference 2-0 With Crushing Wins Over Maranatha
Athletics - posted on 4/4/2006
The Lakeland women's softball team opened Lake Michigan Conference play by putting a total of 31 runs on the board to grab both games of a doubleheader against Maranatha Baptist on Tuesday afternoon.
Lakeland battled from behind twice in the opener to get an 8-5 victory and then dropped 23 runs on the Crusaders in the second to cruise to a 23-4 win.
"Our goal was to start the conference at 2-0," said head coach Chad Buchmann. "Our players understand we need to continue to win conference games at home. That will give us a chance to win it all."
Down 3-2 in the fourth inning of the first game, Valerie Barlett hit a two-run double with two outs to put the Muskies up 4-3. Maranatha responded with two runs in top of the fifth to go back on top, 5-4, but Lakeland sealed the game in the bottom of the sixth with four runs, including a go-ahead, two-run single by Elisa Waltz.
"We have to get clutch hits to win and we did that," Buchmann said. "We had to fight for the first game."
Barlett and Waltz both went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in each.
The Muskies opened the second game with four runs in the first inning, keyed by run-scoring hits from Ellie Schatz, Rebecca Schuettpelz, and Katie Yeager.
Lakeland added two in the second before exploding for nine runs in the third to go up 15-4. The Muskies scored a run in all five innings.
"The second game was a nice, complete team effort," said Buchmann. "I'm proud of our players to finish a doubleheader."
Barlett went 3-for-5 in the second game with three RBIs and five runs scored. She has hit safely in all 14 games this season and is now batting .511 (23-for-45) on the season.
Schuettpelz went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored, and Monica Hetzel added a single and double in the nightcap.
Rachel Griesbach got both wins on the mound, striking out ten in a complete game effort in the opener and five in 3.1 innings pitched in the second.
"We took pride in playing at home today," said Buchmann. "We have to continue that against Lawrence tomorrow."
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