KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team split two games on the second day of the Sunkissed Games Tuesday in Kissimmee, Florida. After falling to Utica 3-2 in game one, the Warriors collected a 14-13 victory over Marietta, powered by a walk-off single from Maddie Lindemann (Watertown, Wis.) to end the high-scoring affair.
- Final Scores: Utica 3, Wisconsin Lutheran 2; Wisconsin Lutheran 14, Marietta 13
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-1), Utica (2-3), Marietta (4-5)
- Location: Osceola Softball Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Warriors put two runners on base in the opening frame as Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) singled through the right side of the infield and Taylor Bjork (Horicon) walked, but were unable to capitalize.
- Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.) retired 11 of the first 12 Utica batters and the game remained scoreless through four innings.
- WLC got on the board in the top of the fifth when Mahsem led off with a double to right center field and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Ericson (Lisle, Ill.). Brea Johnson (Cumberland, Wis.) then laid down a suicide squeeze that scored Mahsem.
- With two outs, Gracie Wilson (Deerfield, Wis.) doubled down the left field line and Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis.) ripped a ball up the middle that was bobbled by the shortstop, allowing Wilson to score.
- The Pioneers answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth after two runners reached base then Sabrina Whitehouse doubled down the left field line, scoring two. Whitehouse advanced to third on the next at-bat, then Sadie Evans drove her in with a sacrifice fly, giving UC a 3-2 lead.
- Utica threatened to score again in the bottom of the sixth inning as it put a runner on second, but Mahsem escaped with a strikeout to end the inning.
- In the top of the seventh, Johnson drew a two-out walk to keep hopes alive for WLC, but the Pioneers salvaged the victory with the third out of the inning.
- Mahsem took the loss for the Warriors with just one earned run on four hits over six innings, while striking out four batters. At the plate, she posted a 2-for-3 effort with a double.
- Johnson collected the lone RBI for the Warriors with her suicide squeeze.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- Marietta put two runners on first and third in the opening inning after two singles, but Bjork struck out the final batter of the frame to avoid damage.
- Belongia walked to lead off the bottom of the first for WLC and advanced to second on a sacrafice bunt by Arianna Sanchez (Itasca, Ill.). Ritacco followed with a double to the wall in left field, scoring Belongia.
- Bjork singled through the right side of the infield to push Ritacco the third, then Ellen Davis (Greendale, Wis.) connected on a double to the gap in left center to score Ritacco and Bjork, increasing the Warriors lead to 3-0 after one inning of play.
- Maddi Liston put Marietta on the board in the second inning with a two-run shot to right center field. The Pioneers added two more in the second inning when Reagan Tom and Ashley Tschudy hit back-to-back doubles, putting MC up 4-3.
- WLC answered in the bottom of the second inning as Sanchez drew a bases loaded walk, followed by an RBI single by Ritacco that plated Wilson. The Warriors executed a double steal that allowed Ritacco to take second base and Sanchez to score, giving WLC a 5-4 advantage.
- Sanchez added to the tally in the bottom of the third when she doubled down the left field line, scoring Wilson and Johnson.
- The Pioneers erupted for eight runs in the top of the fourth inning, powered by nine hits, including eight consecutive hits.
- After Lindemann and Wilson reached base, an errant throw by Marietta allowed Lindemann to score, bringing WLC within three runs.
- MC added a run in the top of the seventh after a WLC error, holding a 13-9 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh.
- The Warriors loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning after a walk from Wilson and back-to-back singles from Belongia and Sanchez.
- After two strikeouts, Mahsem launched a ball over the center fielder's head, plating all three baserunners and bringing the Warriors within one run.
- Davis followed with a double of her own that scored Mahsem, tying the contest at 13-13.
- After Charolette Ropas (New Berlin, Wis.) was hit by a pitch, Lindemann stepped up to the plate and ripped a single into center field, scoring Davis and completing the comeback for the Warriors.
- Jessie Rago (Elgin, Ill.) earned the win after pitching 3.1 innings in relief, with only four hits and one unearned run.
- Seven Warriors posted multi-hit games, including Mahsem and Davis with three hits apiece.
- Four different WLC players had multiple RBIs in the game, with Mahsem, Davis, and Sanchez driving in three runs apiece.
FOR THE FOES
- Sabrina Whitehouse led Utica with a double and two RBIs while three other Pioneers collected hits.
- Gabby Caccamo earned the win with a complete game effort, allowing five hits and one earned run.
- Six different Marietta players had multiple hits, with four different Pioneers collecting three hits.
- Tschudy took the loss for MC, allowing five earned runs in 1.2 innings of work.
- The Warriors are back in action at the Sunkissed Games Wednesday afternoon as they face Susquehanna (4-4) and Arcadia (1-5). First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CST.