PLYMOUTH, Wis. – The women’s softball team opened up the regular season on Thursday at the North Central University Tournament with a win, a loss and a suspended game.
Against North Central in the 8:45 a.m. game, Maranatha kicked things off with a three-run first, two RBI’s coming off the bat of third-baseman Susie Prusak (Leesburg, Va.).
The Rams cut that deficit to one in the bottom of the third on an error and tied the game in the sixth to send the game into extra-innings.
Maranatha tacked on two more runs on single RBI’s from freshman second baseman Hannah Flatt (Janesville, Wis.) and senior outfielder Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.), but the Rams returned the favor with two runs before entering the ninth inning.
The Crusaders saved their best for last scoring four runs in the top of the inning, and outlasting a Rams’ rally that came one run shy of prolonging the game.
Prusak finished the game with two RBI’s while five Crusaders finished with two hits apiece.
In her first collegiate game, freshman pitcher Hannah Clement (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) allowed three earned runs, and struck out 13 in nine innings pitched.
Against Presentation College, the ladies suffered their first loss of the season, 21-4, and in a 12:45 matchup against Martin Luther College was delayed due to time, with the score, 6-3 at the top of the fourth.
The game will resume at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow, with the continuation of the original game against Martin Luther to follow, time permitting.
Maranatha faces North Central and Presentation on Friday at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.