By Tim Kaiser, Editor-in-Chief
SCC and MCC-Maple Woods played two thrilling games on Saturday. SCC (5-17) was able to rebound from a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to win game two 5-2.
In game one, Maple Woods was able to jump out to an early lead. The Lady Monarchs scored two runs in the first and two and the second to take a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Cougars were able to mount a rally. The half-inning opened with singles from Madison Bradley, Shannon Clardy, and Bridget Allgier. Jessica Chadwell drove in a pair of runs with a double, and Jessica Chadwell followed with an RBI triple. Sophomore Anna Bowden drove in Chadwell with a groundout to make the score 5-4.
After tying the game in the sixth, Maple Woods scored two in the seventh to take the lead for good. Sheyann Dutra provided the eventual game winner with a two-out RBI double.
SCC was able to push one across in their last at bat. Ashley Lutz drove in freshman Kayla Fozzard, but the rally died there.
In game two, Lutz’s shutdown performance on the mound led SCC. The sophomore pitcher threw a complete game surrendering just two runs, neither of which were earned. Lutz scattered four hits over the seven innings, while striking out four.
Lutz helped her own cause in the first, tying the score at one by driving in Allgier from second after her leadoff double.
After Maple Woods regained the lead again in the third, SCC knotted it right back up in the fourth with Lutz once again driving in a run with a single.
The bats came alive for the Lady Cougars in the bottom of the sixth. Clardy led off the inning with a single. A mishandled sac bunt, set the stage for Allgier to drive in the winning run with a single back up the middle. Chadwell added a pair of insurance runs when with a double into the left-center field gap.
SCC softball is right back at it Sunday with a doubleheader against Region 16 rival North Central.
Photos by Tim Kaiser