LISLE, Ill. – In a doubleheader originally scheduled to be played in Watertown, Wis., Maranatha and Benedictine took to the field in Illinois, where the Eagles snagged victories of 16-0, and 18-4 on Friday evening.
In game one, the Eagles tacked on a run in the first, while Maranatha came close to scoring in the bottom of the first. Sophomore left fielder Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.), who reached on a base hit, advanced to third before a strikeout to freshman shortstop Emily Boogher (York, Pa.) ended the inning.
Benedictine scored four more runs in the second and led 9-0 after the fourth inning, while Maranatha narrowly missed a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning.
Boogher, who singled, and reached third on an error, tried stealing home but was thrown out. The inning ended with senior Susie Prusak (Leesburg, Va.) being put out at third, leaving three runners on base.
Clement pitched five innings in the loss, allowing 17 hits, and walking one batter.
Benedictine opened game two with two quick runs in the top of the first.
Maranatha responded though, in the bottom of the inning, first with a base hit by senior outfielder Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.), who also stole second, and then a sacrifice fly RBI by freshman pitcher Hannah Clement (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) that scored Peotter.
The Crusaders tacked on a run in the third inning, and scored two in a fifth inning that started with three three straight singles.
Rygh and senior pitcher Jana Dempsey (Bath, Mich.) each had hits to the outfield, followed by a Peotter single to score Rygh.
Freshman Amy Dineen (Great Valley, N.Y.), who pinch ran for Dempsey, would later score for the team’s fourth and last run of the game.
Dempsey pitched 1.2 innings before Clement filled in for 3.1 innings of relief. Dempsey allowed 12 hits while Clement allowed eight hits, and eight runs, two unearned.
The Crusaders are back in action on Saturday, against Aurora University, in Sugar Grove, Ill. at 1:00 p.m. The game, originally scheduled in Watertown, and moved to Aurora, was pushed to the campus of Waubonsee Community College.