Pilots walk-off with second game and sweep of Forester softball team

Host Bethel used a three-run walk-off home run in the seventh inning of the second game to beat the Huntington University softball team, 6-3, for a sweep of its doubleheader on Wednesday, April 3.

Bethel won the opener 2-0 behind the one-hit pitching of Natalie Newell, who hit the walk-off in the second game.

The Foresters, 6-8, 3-5 in the Crossroads League, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second game when Bailey McIntire, who reached base on a walk, came home on a Danielle Reilly misplay of an Emily O'Leary single. The team added to it in the fourth, thanks to a Lindsay Shellabarger double that brought home Amy Snider and a Cristin Carter single that plated Shellabarger.

Bethel, 11-1, 2-0 in the Crossroads League, responded in its half of the inning, however, scoring Newell and Brookelyn Smith on flyouts by Katrina Klingberg and Kelsey Caposey, respectively.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Pilots got the equalizer from Newell when she singled home Ali Holsclaw.

Things stayed that way when it came time for Bethel's half of the seventh. Holsclaw singled to get on base and stole second shortly after, followed by Reilly reaching base on a walk. This set the table for Newell, who crushed Emily Puterbaugh's first pitch over the fence to give her team the win.

O'Leary accounted for two of Huntington's five hits.

Newell paced the Pilots at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a game-high four runs batted in.

Puterbaugh took the loss for the Foresters, surrendering four hits and three walks in 2.1 innings of work. Huntington starter Kaylin Yon yielded three hits and two earned runs in four innings.

Bethel hurler Erica Zachrich scattered five hits and three earned runs across a complete game performance for the win.

Newell was on the mound for the Pilots in the first game and held the Foresters to a single hit.

Bethel managed only five hits against Huntington's Marcie McDougle in six innings, but a series of errors by Annie Weaver in the second inning helped Jessica Ewen score, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead, and they added to it in the sixth with a Courtney Cazarez solo homer.

Newell struck out 14 in seven innings to pick up the win while McDougle got tagged with the loss.

Allison Greene had the Foresters' lone hit and Cazarez the contest's only RBI with the home run.