FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Maranatha softball team couldn’t pull off a win on Monday evening against the Marian Sabres, despite a strong effort in 5-1, and 8-2 losses.
In the first game, the Sabres held a slim 1-0 lead after the fourth inning before pouncing in the bottom of the fifth with four runs on five hits.
The Sabres had been held to just one hit up to that point, due in large part to freshman pitcher Hannah Clement (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), who pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs while striking out two batters.
In the top of the sixth, Maranatha had a scoring opportunity when two straight singles by freshman Sam Swiatek, and senior Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.) gave way to a bases-loaded scenario with no outs, but the final three batters were retired.
The Crusaders broke through in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore pitcher Jana Dempsey (Bath, Mich.), who singled, scored on a groundout by senior third baseman Susie Prusak (Leesburg, Va.).
The inning and game ended with a groundout to halt any comeback attempt by the ‘Saders, who finished the game with six hits compared to Marian’s seven.
It was Maranatha who started off with the lead in game two, scoring two runs in the top of the first on RBI’s by freshmen Emily Boogher (York, Pa.) and Kaitlyn Rygh (Grayson, Ga.).
Marian responded by scoring almost all their runs in the bottom of the first, with seven runs off seven hits. The Sabres would add just one more run in the second inning and were held to two hits over the remaining five innings.
Clement also started game two, pitching an inning before giving way to Dempsey. Dempsey finished with five innings pitched, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out three.
The softball team is scheduled to play Dominican on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.