CLERMONT, FL. – The Calvin Softball team went 2-0 on Monday afternoon as it defeated Geneseo 7-5 and Plattsburgh 10-7.
Calvin 7, Geneseo State 5 (10 innings)
Starting the day out against Geneseo, it was a battle of the Knights as the game went to ten innings. Geneseo started out strong as it took the early 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Calvin narrowed Geneseo's lead as the Calvin Knights recorded two runs in the second inning from seniors Maddie DeGroot (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) and Rachel Borden (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg). With third inning underway, Calvin recorded two more runs to tie the game up at 4-4.
Geneseo took back the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Calvin tied the game back up at 5-5 in the top of the sixth.
As the game progressed, neither team was able to get a run in during the 7ththrough 9thinning with both teams throwing runners out at the plate. Sernior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea HS) threw the potential winning run out on the plate in the eighth as her strike to sophomore catcher Grace Stock (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS) kept the game alive.
With the ballgame tied up, the game went into a tenth inning and Calvin's DeGroot hit a single to bring Stock home putting Calvin on top. Junior Kayla Groen (Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln Way East) had a key double to advance DeGroot home as Calvin took the 7-5 lead and as Geneseo failed to score, Calvin walked away with the win.
Senior Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Ia./Valley HS) picked up the win in relief, going six innings in the circle, striking out four and walking only two.
Calvin 10, Plattsburgh State 7
Moving on to the second game of the day against Plattsburgh, Calvin took a huge 8-0 lead in the first two innings.
At the top of the fourth inning, the Cardinals made a comeback as they recorded five runs to tighten Calvin's lead. The Knights answered at the bottom of the fourth as junior Grace Quiggle (Saranac, Mich. / Lowell, Lansing CC) smashed a triple to bring sophomore Amber Staniulis home to make it 9-5.
Plattsburgh scored twice more in the fifth inning.
Calvin's junior Abi Colon (Caledonia, Mich. / South Christian) closed out the scoring as she blasted a homer to left center and the Knights secured the 10-7 victory.
Sophomore Bri Leegwater (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) got the win in the circle as she went the first four innings. Sophomore Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) picked up the save, going the final three innings. Both Calvin pitchers struck out three batters.
COACHES QUOTE: Head Coach Becky Hilgert stated, "Very happy to get two wins today over two quality opponents. I thought we showed a lot of grit against Geneseo after going down four early. We continued to battle in the extra innings and our defense made some big plays and were finally able to scrap a run across to take the lead for good. Against Plattsburgh, I like that we scored early to put the pressure on them. I wish we played a little tighter in the middle innings, but we stayed strong defensively behind a few nice innings of relief from Ellie.
NEXT UP: The Knights return to action on Tuesday as they take on Grinnell at 1:30 p.m. followed by New Paltz at 3:45 p.m.