MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Alverno Inferno posted two wins over the Maranatha Crusaders with scores of 9-1 and 5-4 on Tuesday evening in Milwaukee, Wis.
Alverno jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one on three hits but did not score more than one run until the fifth, when the Inferno posted four on six hits.
Maranatha’s Jana Dempsey (Bath, Mich.) reached third in the second inning before being left on base to end the inning, but the Crusaders broke through in the fourth when Dempsey scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth.
Freshman pitcher Hannah Clement (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs while striking out five.
As a team, Maranatha had seven hits, including a 2-3 performance from Prusak.
Game two started in Maranatha’s favor as the first four batters had hits to key a three-run top of the first.
Outfielders Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.) and Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.) singled, then freshman Emily Boogher (York, Pa.) doubled to left center for two RBI’s. Boogher would later score on a passed ball.
Maranatha held a 3-1 lead through the fourth, when Alverno scored a run to draw within one. They would later put together a two-run inning, for a 4-3 lead then tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning.
Maranatha came close to tying the game when a single by Prusak advanced pinch-runner, Samatha Swiatek (Walled Lake, Mich.), who later scored on a single by Peotter to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Prusak would advance to third with two outs, but a groundout ended the inning and game.
Peotter and Thompson each went 2-4 from the plate, while Dempsey pitched 5.1 ininings, allowing three earned runs off 12 hits.
Maranatha ends its season with close losses to top-5 ranked teams and looks for continued success for the 2014 campaign.
Peotter, DeLozier, Prusak and shortstop Rosa Lewis (Yates City, Ill.) completed their final game for the Crusaders but head coach Rob Thompson looks to the success of younger players like Boogher and Clement to carry the team in the coming years.