Warriors Run-Rule Gators In Tuesday Opener

Warriors Run-Rule Gators In Tuesday Opener

LEESBURG, Fla. (WLCSports.com) – Powered by 15 hits and 13 runs in the opener, the Wisconsin Lutheran College softball team split two games on its second day at the Spring Games Tuesday. The Warriors defeated Sage 13-5 in six innings in the opener and then fell 1-0 to Olivet in a pitcher's duel in game two.

  • Final Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 13, Sage 5 (6 Inn.); Olivet 1, Wisconsin Lutheran 0
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-1), Sage (1-6), Olivet (4-4)
  • Location: Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex, Leesburg, Fla.

  • WLC started hot in the first inning, with Karah Ritacco (Chicago, Ill.) and Megan Belongia (Ashwaubenon, Wis.) reaching base, then Abby Mahsem (South Milwaukee, Wis.) crushed a home run to left field to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran added two more runs in the top of the third inning after Mahsem scored on a sacrifice bunt from Jules Morini (Chicago, Ill.), then Charolette Ropas (New Berlin, Wis.) singled down the left field line to score Morini.
  • Sage responded in the bottom of the third inning with four runs on five hits, but the Warriors maintained a 6-4 lead.
  • WLC loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, then Maddie Lindemann (Watertown, Wis.) was hit by a pitch, scoring Belongia. Morini followed with a single through the left side to drive in Ritacco and then Gracie Wilson (Deerfield, Wis.) drove in another run after a Sage error.
  • Belongia came up to the plate for the second time in the inning and beat out an infield single to score Ropas. Ritacco drove in two more runs with a single to right center and the Gators allowed one more run after an error to give the Warriors a 13-4 lead.
  • Sage scored one unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but WLC took the 13-5 victory after six innings via run rule.
  • Belongia and Ritacco each tallied four hits and scored three runs, while Mahsem drove in three runs. Morini and Wilson added two hits apiece as the Warriors pounded out 15 as a team.
  • Jessie Rago (Elgin, Ill.) earned the win in the circle, allowing just one run over 3+ innings in relief.

  • The Warriors threatened in the first inning, putting two runners on base as Ritacco singled to left field and Mahsem reached base on an error, but couldn't plate a run.
  • Belongia reached on an error in the bottom of the third inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but WLC was unable to move her home and the score remained deadlocked at 0-0 through three innings.
  • Olivet broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning when Danielle McCoy ripped a single up the middle, driving in the lone run of the game.
  • Belongia reached base again on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt from Ritacco, but the Comets kept WLC off the board to take the 1-0 victory.
  • Ritacco and Lindemann tallied the lone hits of the contest for the Warriors. Mahsem suffered the tough loss in the circle, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings while fanning eight Comets.

  • Lindsey Decker collected two hits for Sage while four Gators tallied RBIs.
  • Katerina Lagace suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs over three innings.
  • McCoy drove in the lone run of the contest in game two for Olivet and also recorded two hits.
  • Gracie Boyle earned the win, allowing just two hits over 7.0 innings.

  • The Warriors enjoy a day off tomorrow before returning to the diamond Thursday when they face Haverford (3-1) and Thomas More (3-3).