WINONA LAKE – The Grace College softball team won both games of a doubleheader against Goshen on Tuesday.
The sixth inning proved vital in each of the Lady Lancers’ wins over the Maple Leafs (3-20, 1-7 Crossroads League) as Grace won 2-1 and 11-3.
In the opener, Grace scored in its first inning and last inning offensively. The Lady Lancers (14-12, 6-4 CL) went ahead 1-0 on a run by Morgan Hutcheson in the first inning. Hutcheson singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Chandler Elliott then singled her in with two outs.
Goshen countered to tie the score with a two-out solo home run in the top of the second.
The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth. Heim opened the sixth inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Kati Gregory. She then came home for the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Abby Mozingo.
Elliott took care of the rest from the mound, striking out two of the three batters in the seventh to finish her complete game. She gave up five hits and one run with eight strikeouts in a dominant performance.
Hutcheson hit 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Elliott hit 1-for-2 with an RBI.
In the second game, Grace ran away with a sixth-inning flurry. The game was 1-1 after three innings of play.
The Lady Lancers’ bats stayed hot for the rest of the game as Grace scored in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Kyleigh Garner unleashed a triple to the fence to score Ashley Kleinbub in the fourth.
The fifth inning saw Grace put three runs on the scoreboard with two outs, all of which were scored from either a wild pitch or passed ball.
The Maple Leafs made the game interesting by scoring two runs in the top of the sixth, making the score 5-3. But Grace scored six runs in the bottom half of the inning to end the game prematurely via the run-rule.
Elliott singled to score Hannah Herbster for the first run, and Kleinbub hit a two-run triple on the next at-bat. Garner’s single drove in Kleinbub, and Brittany Turner ended the game with a two-run single to the outfield.
Hannah England went the distance from the mound. She allowed 10 hits and three runs while striking out three batters.
Kleinbub tallied 3 hits, 3 runs and 2 RBIs, and Garner hit 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Clarissa Knight produced two hits and a stolen base, and Turner and Elliott both went 2-for-4.
The Lady Lancers remain at home to close out the week, welcoming Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday and Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.