In an offense-driven clash with Goshen, the Huntington University (HU) Forester softball team came up short twice, 11-3, 14-10, to their visitors Friday afternoon.
The Maple Leafs (14-10, 4-6) pieced together two big frames to notch the first win. They spent the fifth racking up five runs to turn a fairly tight game into ten run-rule outing. Before that it was a 6-3 ballgame with HU striking first when Mackenzie Walker knock-ed in Jenessa Hasty who had tripled to kick off the home half of the first.
Goshen countered in their next at-bat. In addition to striking for four hits, they also took advantage of two walks and an HU error to touch home six times to establish what proved a permanent lead.
A hit batter and base on balls set the stage for HU’s final two runs in the third. Breanna Hines smacked a single up the middle and Audrey Barnes found a hole in left center to each drive in a run to keep things interesting before GC’s burst in the fifth.
Maddie Turner spent the first 1.2 innings in the circle to be charged with the loss after giving up five hits, six runs and two walks while striking out
The nightcap was a hit fest with Goshen coming on strong late while the Foresters did all their damage in the first half of the contest. As is often the case this season, HU got on the scoreboard first.
This time around, Ehler’s crew found home four times in the second.
The first two runs came by way of Walker’s two-bagger after which Hasty and Erin Dyke posted back-to-back RBI-singles for the early 4-0 lead. Goshen got one back in the top of the third, but Huntington fired right back with two more runs in their half of the inning.
MacKyndsea Burke singled in a run and then Walker, who had singled earlier in the frame, eventually made her way home on a passed ball. It made for a 6-1 advantage, but the offensive-minded Maple Leafs got their bats going in the fourth to pile up five runs for a 6-6 stalemate.
The hosts went right back to work in the bottom of the inning to rebuild their lead back to four. It was Abigail Reed and Courtney Mason’s turn as they each pounded out run-scoring base pokes to opposite sides of the field to account for the first two runs.
Burke’s fielder’s choice gave her a second RBI and then Winebrenner got in on the action when she found a gap in left for an RBI-single.
Unfortunately the 10-6 advantage wouldn’t stand the test of time as Goshen was just heating up.
Ri Koteles set the tone with a solo blast over the left field fence, her second dinger of the game, to jumpstart the sixth on the way to a five-run inning for the Maple Leafs. They tacked on three more insurance runs in the seventh just to be sure.
HU posted 13 hits with Walker leading the way with two hits and two RBI.
Hasty, Dyke and Mason each added two base smacks and an RBI.
Four Foresters spent time on the bump with Adelyn Harsh getting tagged with the loss. The sophomore hurler tossed 0.2 innings to give up three hits, four runs and two walks.