LINDSBORG, Kan. – The Swedes softball team picked up a split against the visiting York College Panthers. After falling in the first contest 15-7, the Swedes rebounded to win the close second game 5-4 with a walk off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bethany now keeps a record of 18-23 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
Game One –
The Panthers came out on fire in the top of the first inning, using small ball and singles poked in the gap to score seven runs. However, the Swedes answered in the bottom half of the inning scoring three runs. After Jenna Carson, senior infielder, and Alyssa Sotelo, freshman infielder, reached base Alyssa Montoya, junior infielder, blasted a three-run shot over the left field fence.
York put up three runs in the top of the second before Bethany plated three of their own in the bottom of the third inning. Again, Carson singled to get herself on base followed by a single by Emma Wager, freshman utility. Sotelo then stepped up and stroked her own three-run homer over centerfield.
The Panthers then scored two runs in the top of the fifth and three in the top of the seventh keeping the Swedes scoreless until the bottom of the seventh despite many Bethany's constant efforts.
In the bottom of the seventh, Montoya started the inning with her second homerun of the day over the left field fence. However, this would be all the Swedes could manage have a double and a few hard hit outs right at defenders.
Ashley Nava, freshman pitcher, took the loss for the team. She threw 3.2 innings allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits. A group of other pitchers threw the remainder of the game; Jessica Armijo, junior pitcher, Morgan Garrett, junior pitcher, and Lauren Quintana, freshman pitcher.
Montoya was on fire for the Swedes offense going 3-for-4 while blasting two homeruns, a double and four runs batted in. Carson also went 3-for4 in game one scoring twice. Elizabeth Endsley, sophomore catcher, was another Swede with multiple hits going 2-for-4 with a double.
Game Two –
Again, the visiting Panthers started out the first inning scoring. This game they plated three runs in the top of the first before the Swedes could answer in the bottom of the second inning.
With two outs, Michaela Huntington reached on a walk and moved around base on Nicole Pendleton's, junior utility, single. Pendleton scooted over to second on defensive indifference. Alexis Martinez, freshman outfielder, then came up with a clutch single up the middle to score Huntington and Pendleton.
The Swedes added another run in the bottom of the third inning when Carson reached on a Panther error and then moved around the bases thanks to a Wager sacrifice bunt, a Sotelo fly ball to the outfield, finally scoring on Montoya's single to left field.
In the top of the fourth, the Panthers posted on run. However, the Swedes put up another run of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning. Huntington singled to the infield and moved to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Pendleton. Martinez then smoked a double to deep right-center field to score Huntington from second.
The teams remained tied until the bottom of the seventh inning. Wager singled to the infield and moved to second on a Sotelo sacrifice bunt. Montoya then hit a walk off triple to deep right field scoring Wager, winning the game for the Swedes.
Aspen Atkins, junior pitcher, threw the complete seven innings for the Swedes. During this time, she allowed four runs on nine hits.
Again, Montoya led the offense going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in in the game. Wager and Pendleton also each added two hits with Wager also notching a double.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes are in action again on Monday, April 17 where they will travel to make up the conference double header at Ottawa University. Start time for these games is set for 2 p.m.
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