CLERMONT, Fla. – The Calvin Softball team went 1-1 on Tuesday afternoon as it defeated Grinnell 15-0 and fell to New Paltz 12-2.
Calvin 15, Grinnell 0 (5 innings)
Junior Abi Colon (Caledonia, Mich. / South Christian) started the Knights out strong as she blasted a homer to bring home freshman Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern) and junior Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia/ Lansing CC) as Calvin took the early 3-0 lead.
The Knights recorded a pair of runs in the second and third quarter to pull ahead 7-0.
With the fourth inning underway, junior Kayla Groen, senior Rachel Borden (Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg)and sophomore Grace Stock (Vicksburg, Mich. / Vicksburg) all recorded a double to bring in four runs and Calvin took the 11-0 lead.
The Knights closed out the game as they scored four more runs in the fifth inning including and double from junior Mallory Hoatlin (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Kenowa Hills) and a second double from Stock as Calvin claimed the 15-0 victory.
Sophomore pitcher Ellie Borst (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) picked up her second win at the mound as she struck out four and walked only two.
New Paltz 12, Calvin 2 (5 innings)
The Hawks came out strong as they took an early 8-0 lead in the first inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Calvin got on the board as Biddlecome doubled to left center to bring home senior Kristen Newman (Chelsea, Mich. / Chelsea) and Borden to make it an 8-2 game.
As the game progressed, the Hawks remained dominant as they continued to pull ahead and claimed their twelfth run in the fifth inning to close out the game with the 12-2 win.
COACHES QUOTE: We kind of wetn through two ends of the competitive spectrum today. Against Grinnell, we stayed aggressive throughout the game and really made some nice defensive plays behind Ellie. Everyone who entered the game made a positibe contribution. We had about a 10 minute break nefore we played New Paltz and I think we started like we were still in the game prior and I give New Paltz credit. They were ready to play and came right at us and we were too slow to respond. We will regroup and be ready to go tomorrow.
NEXT UP: The Knights return to action on Wednesday as they take on Western New England at 9:45 a.m.